According to Dutch professor, Islam is contributing to “delinquent behavior”

According to Corine de Riuter, professor of forensic psychology in Maastricht, Islam is possibly one of the causes of delinquent behavior of Moroccan youth. De Riuter, together with others, has mapped out ways to deal with Moroccan youth and presented their findings to the justice ministry. According to De Riuter, Moroccan and Turkish youth are “backwards” in their moral development. This backwardness is one of the factors that can cause criminal behavior, and cause these youth to have decreased moral functions. “In Islam the emphasis is on obedience and respect for the parents. Individualism and independence are less important – and these are exactly the qualities which can bring moral development to a higher level,”according to the co-authors of the knowledge base for dealing with criminal Moroccan youth. They contrasted this to how children grow up in Dutch families, who have a “democratic negotiation style.”

Orange headscarves for Dutch Muslims in Haarlem

Muslim women in Haarlem will celebrate Queen’s Day in Dutch style this year. A group of students plan to hand out 5,000 orange headscarves on April 30th, to promote tolerance in the Netherlands. The orange headscarves allow Muslim women to express their loyalty to their faith, as well as to the queen. Two students initiated the action, and were annoyed by the rabble rousing in politics and society over the garment, and suggested finding a common symbol to merge together.

Muslims criticize ‘Lego’ Islamic terrorist toys

A range of Lego-style fighting figurines – including an Islamic terrorist militant – has sparked outrage among Muslims. The toy mini-figures, made by American Will Chapman, includes a masked terrorist bandit with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives. Shocked by the playthings, British Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation has branded the figurines “absolutely disgusting”. Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said the figures were “glorifying terrorism”. He said: “I don’t think there’s any difference between someone that shouts hatred through a megaphone and someone that creates a doll that glorifies terrorists.”

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Germans deploy manga-style comics to sway Muslim youth in war of ideas

The German government has published a comic book designed to dissuade Muslims from turning to Islamist extremism, although U.S. officials say the effectiveness of the effort is questionable. The comic was issued by the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia that seeks to educate young people about the differences between Islam and Islamic extremism and danger posed by Islamic terrorism.

The comic book has been met with both praise and skepticism. “On balance, it represents an innovative way to reach a vulnerable but cynical audience,” said a U.S. government report on the comic book. “Although the Europeans are engaged in a variety of programs to prevent or counter Islamic radicalization on their soil, it is unclear if the comic book is a unique initiative or if it might represent a wave of new efforts to employ nontraditional or experimental media in addressing the problem.”

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Confrontational Architecture: Europe’s Mosques Move from Back Alleys to Boulevards

There are plans to build several hundred new and often magnificent mosques throughout Europe — particularly in Germany. Architecture has become the field of a fierce ideological battle about the visibility of Europe’s 16 million Muslims. Just a few minutes ago, Mubashra Ilyas was still standing on her dusty construction site. Now the 30-year-old architect is striding through a gallery in the back courtyard of a building in Berlin’s Mitte district in elegant black boots. As the room slowly fills up, Ilyas continues to stand out: She’s the only woman wearing a headscarf. The topic of the evening’s discussion is “Mosques, Migration and Myth,” and Ilyas doesn’t want to miss it. She designed the first mosque to be built in eastern Berlin — the first in all of eastern Germany, in fact — and it’s just about finished. The official opening is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16. The next few hours at Berlin’s Aedes Architecture Forum will be spent discussing the issues of how “back alley mosques” will soon become a thing of the past, the aesthetics of the new mosques and traditional versus modern styles. The real issue of debate, however, will be the fact that, stone by stone and minaret by minaret, Muslims in Germany want to become more visible — they are no longer content to have their places of worship largely hidden from public view. In architectural terms, they want to be part of the cityscape in a way they have never been before. Ulrike Knöfel reports.

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UK’s first magazine for Muslim women to be launched

Britain’s first magazine aimed at Muslim women, {Sisters}, is to be launched as a printed publication next Saturday. The magazine will be launched in-style by editor Na’ima B. Robert and her team at the Global Peace and Unity event, sponsored by Islam Channel, at Excel in London.

Most outspoken on Islamic Extremism

Dewsbury Labour MP Shahid Malik has told the High Court that he had spoken out against Islamic extremism more than anyone else in the country. The international development minister is suing for libel damages over a “bullying” press campaign which he says branded him a racist whose divisive style was to blame for the rise of the BNP in the area.

EU pushes anti-terror plans for the Web

Europe should strengthen the fight against terrorism by cracking down on militant Web sites and compiling U.S.-style profiles of air passengers, the European Union executive said on Tuesday. The proposals coincided with 17 arrests across Europe in an operation led by Italy against suspected “Salafist jihadi” cells, the latest in a series of major European anti-terrorism investigations this year. Ingrid Melander reports.

EU to unveil new U.S.-style passenger data recording plan for flights into Europe

The EU’s top justice official is planning on unveiling a new proposal concerning the collection of airline passenger data. Plans for the data collection include the storage of e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, payment details, and 16 other pieces of personal information to be stored for 13 years, as a part of the new EU-wide anti-terror drive. Modeled somewhat after the United States, the passenger data recording plan is an attempt to weed out high-risk persons, and terror attempts in EU members.

Justices and religions

It is indeed a very strange decision that has recently been taken by the Italian Court of Cassation. The most senior transalpine magistrates confirmed the acquitting of a Muslim teenage girl’s parents and brother, who had beaten and sequestrated her, in order to put an end to her behaviour, considered as too _westernised’. According to the judges, the girl wasn’t treated this way _out of vexation or despise’, but _for her own good’. Confirming a decision taken by the Court of Appeal, the judges ruled that Fatima shouldn’t have had _a lifestyle not conform to their culture’. Confirmant une d_cision de la cour d’appel, les juges ont estim_ que Fatima avait eu tort d’avoir ” un style de vie non conforme _ leur culture “. In a country were at least nine Muslim women have died due to familial brutality, the silence of most politicians on this issue is hardly tolerable.