Politician rejects exchanging Christian for Muslim holidays

State Secretary of Social Affairs and Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has said that he thinks it is “absurd” to propose that Christian holidays of Easter Monday and Pentecost Monday ought to be replaced with Muslim holidays. Aboutaleb added that such Christian holidays have been embedded in the Dutch calendar, and cannot be touched.

He does, however, support introducing a separate Islamic holiday, and that it ought to be an extra free day for all. Aboutaleb does not foresee this as a possibility in the immediate future, noting that there is significant conflict about the integration of foreigners at the moment, but added: “we are currently in a transition phase, a changeover phase. When that is over, we could discuss it.”

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Police agents can take Muslim oath

Muslim police agents at the Central Holland police corps now have option to take a Muslim oath when joining the corps. Previously, police agents had two options for taking their oaths: “so help me God” and “I state and promise.” As of a few years ago, Muslims at the Corps could declare, with their right hand on the Quran, “in the name of Allah, the merciful, and he is my witness that I promise this.” Several have been surprised by this, including SGP parliament member Van der Staaij and International Affairs minister Ter Horst, who said that the practice must stop. However, a spokesperson for the Central Holland police corps has defended the Muslim oath variant.

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