Federal deputy and head of faction Julia Klöckner from the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) has demanded to restrict the full coverage of women in the
public. Underlining her claim for the burqa ban, Klöckner added: “The burqa would not stand for religious diversity but for a degrading image of women”. The State of Hesse was the first German State that banned the burqa from public service in 2011.
Full coverage of Muslim women being employed at schools, kindergartens and hospitals has become a controversial legal and political issue within the last months.
A former Children’s Hospital Boston employee who said she was fired because her Islamic beliefs prohibited her from getting a mandatory flu shot sued the hospital today.
Leontine Robinson says in her complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston that her civil rights were violated because the hospital “intentionally discriminated against (her) due to her religious beliefs.” Some Muslims refuse flu shots because they contain a small amount of pork gelatine — a violation, the abstainers contend, of restrictions on consuming pork products.
Robinson, according to her complaint, worked in patient care at Children’s for about a year before a flu shot requirement was instituted in 2006. Hospital managers had known she was a Muslim when they hired her, the suit suggests, noting that she wore a traditional Muslim head-covering for women.
The Muslim community in the Murcia region consists of more than 90,000 citizens coming from the most varied backgrounds and sharing a desire: to improve their level of integration. This is one of the conclusions reached by the official of the Municipality of Murcia, Teresa Martin Melgarejo, one of the most active Murcian citizen working at social networks and civic organizations, and who has spent the last two years of her life living with a collective, socially stigmatized community in Spain. The result is a photographic work, entitled ‘Muslims, our neighbors’, and coordinated by Monica Lozano, Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Murcia, who has earned, by popular vote, the first prize of the first Festival of Photography organized by the Cienojos Collective and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Apart from worshipers in mosques, Teresa Martin has portrayed the leaders of Islamic communities, young Spanish speakers learning Arabic, traders in the district of San Andrés, doctors in hospitals and health centers, cultural mediators, butchers, cooks, pharmacists, nurses, journalists, lawyers, farmers, housewives … Curiously she also discovered Muslims who do not practice their religion. “An estimated 18% of the so-called second-generation Muslims born in Spain do not practice their religion. “
In an interview with the internet portal Qantara.de, the President of the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau Volker Jung spoke about German Muslims and the churches’ answers to the challenges of a changing society. He pointed out how Germany has become a migration society, where there are fully integrated immigrants, born and raised in Germany, as well as problematic groups, and underlined the role which could be played by the Church in this change.
In a culturally and religiously diverse environment, intercultural and interreligious competences would contribute to social peace, Dr Jung said. He envisioned the intercultural facilities of the Evangelical church slowly opening up the gates to Muslim employees, for instance as nursery school teachers. Precondition for employment would be the sharing of a basic set of values. Interreligious cooperation serving to prepare Muslim medical staff for hospitals and psychological information centers would bring together Muslim and Christian clerics and young people from different background.
17/03/2012 – Autor: Hanif Escudero Uribe – Source: Instituto Halal
The Halal Institute has considered necessary to advance in the development of the Halal Rule as the result of consensus of various Muslim parties, mainly consumers and producers, as well as various associations and Muslim communities that allow to achieve a shura (consensus) on important issues such as food in schools, hospitals or the military, education, management of mosques or tombs.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide carries an article on surgical hymen reconstruction, following publication of research on the topic by members of Amsterdam hospitals. The article states that “in some Islamic and Hindu communities… an intact hymen is ultimate proof of pre-marital virginity”, prompting some women to undergo the surgery prior to marriage. The article notes the basis of the study as investigating “whether hymen reconstruction actually works” within this context and summarizes the researchers’ observation that hymenoplasty fails to produce bleeding during nuptial night intercourse.
Research by the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University has found that chaplaincy, usually associated with the Christian faith, is a rapidly expanding sphere of work for Muslim professionals. Muslim chaplains play an increasing role in linking Muslim communities with public organizations; they can now be found in prisons, hospitals, airports, courts, higher education, and the military. The research project led my Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray aimed at exploring the background, training, role, and impact of Muslim chaplains in Britain. The project found that Muslim chaplains are highly motivated in their work and, especially those working in a health care context, had a “strong Islamic” justification for their work. Furthermore, the research found that ‘female chaplains played a vital role in client-family relationships and negotiations, and that Muslims chaplains have mostly integrated well within multi-faith chaplaincy teams’ (BBC News).
The Dutch government has agreed to a ban on the burqa under a deal with Geert Wilders’ PVV Party. The Interior Minister announced that “a general ban on wearing face-restrictive clothing in public is on the way” and will be in effect in public buildings, educational institutions, hospitals and public transport. The government statement indicated that face covering is “fundamentally against the character of public discourse where we have to me each other on an equal level” and is a necessary and justified restriction on freedom of religion “to protect the character and good habits of public life in the Netherlands”. The sanction for non-compliance will be a fine.
According to Le Figaro, in the auditions for the use of the burqa and the niqab in France, several French deputies have reported a rise in the number of cases of rights being claimed by Muslims in workplaces, whether it be halal-appropriate menus, or not wanting to eat lunch with those who eat pork.
The rising number of demands is becoming problematic for heads of companies, claims anthropologist Dounia Bouzar in Allah a-t-il sa place dans l’entreprise? (or “Is there room for Allah in the Workplace?”) (Albin Michel, 2009). These “incidents” are particularly common within public hospitals.
Islamic Relief Italy has established operation for a camp for displaced people in the village of Onna, which was completely destroyed by the April 6th earthquake in L’Aquila. “The earthquake destroyed everything; universities, schools, hospitals and clinics which is affecting the provision of essential services. People have lost their homes and are living in tents and they desperately need more help,” said Paulo Gonzaga, Director of Islamic Relief Italy. Islamic Relief Italy began to help with distributions two days following the earthquake, providing 800 people in Montecchio with food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene kids, along with a further 1,000 in Abagno and L’Aquila. Islamic Relief is presently working with the Catholic association La Misericordie, and intends to provide further support to children affected by the natural disaster.