28 February 2012
The closure of a meditation room at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences has drawn protest from the school’s Islamic students. Without a space to conduct prayer, the students have taken to praying in a stairwell as a form of protest. Muslim students are asking for a space to pray, but a spokesperson for the school says that it is not the responsibility of a public education facility to provide space for religious activities.
The Dutch right-wing Freedom Party is furious that a primary school textbook has compared Geert Wilders’ short film Fitna with Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf. The textbook, which will be distributed to some 2,000 primary schools, cites both Fitna and Mein Kampf as examples of “one-sided thinking.” The Freedom Party called the comparison a disgrace, and demanded that the authors recall the textbooks. The authors – The Day of Respect Foundation – said they have no plans of canceling distribution of the textbook, although they expressed some concern about the phrasing of the passage in question.
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