MUSLIMS MAKING NEWS…BAD

UK: 52% THINK MUSLIMS CREATE PROBLEMS

Posted February 27, 2011

UK: 52% think Muslims create problems, 39% of Asians want immigration halt Via UKPA : The poll, carried out by Populus, was one of the largest studies carried out on the subject, based on 91 questions to more than 5,000 individuals. Immigration was held to have been on the whole a bad thing for Britain by 63% of whites, 43% of Asians and 17% of black Britons.Read more »

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GERMANY: COURT RULES EMPLOYEES CAN REFUSE CERTAIN TASKS ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS

Posted February 27, 2011

Germany: Court rules employees can refuse certain tasks on religious grounds Via Spiegel : The case in question involved a Muslim man who was employed in a supermarket in the northern German city of Kiel. He refused to stock shelves with alcoholic drinks, saying that his religion forbade him from any contact with alcohol, and was dismissed as a result in March 2008. In a ruling Thursday, Germany’s Federal Labor Court confirmed that employees may refuse to perform a specific task on religious grounds.Read more »

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ITALY: SIX ARRESTED FOR MEMBERSHIP IN GROUP AIMED AT ‘HOLY WAR’ AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND JEWS

Posted February 26, 2011

Italy: Six arrested for membership in group aimed at ‘holy war’ against Christians and Jews Via AKI : Police on Friday in northern Italy arrested six Moroccan immigrants suspected of membership of an Islamist group aimed at ‘holy war’ against Christians and Jews. One of the suspects was detained in prison while the other five were held under house arrest, police said. Read more »

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CATALONIA: MUSLIMS ASK TO BAN DOGS FROM STREETS

Posted February 24, 2011

Catalonia: Muslims ask to ban dogs from streets Translated from Minuto Digital (h/t IBA ): Islamic associations in Lleida have asked the city council to ban dogs from city buses and in areas and certain municipal facilities frequented mostly by Muslims, so as not to offend Muslims. Read more »

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ITALY: FEARS OF LIBYAN ‘BIBLICAL EXODUS’

Posted February 24, 2011

Italy: Fears of Libyan ‘Biblical exodus’ Via Reuters : Up to 300,000 migrants from Libya could flee to Italy because of turmoil in the North African nation, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview published on Wednesday. About a third of Libya’s population, or 2.5 million people, are immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa who could flee if Muammar Gaddafi’s government falls, he told Corriere della Sera newspaper Read more »

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QUOTE: “WE CAN’T DENY THAT TODAY ISLAM IS REGARDED AS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO EUROPE FOR MANY EUROPEANS”

Posted February 24, 2011

Quote: “We can’t deny that today Islam is regarded as the biggest threat to Europe for many Europeans” Via MSNBC : “We can’t deny that today Islam is regarded as the biggest threat to Europe for many Europeans,” said Professor Anne Sofie Roald of Malmo University’s Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations. “People are perceiving it as a threat because they feel that the minority is growing.” It’s then that the symbols, such as minarets and veils, become important, she said. “It always comes back to that people are afraid of Muslims taking over their countries.” An Iraqi-born bomber who blew himself up before he could set off several devices along a busy Stockholm street before Christmas damaged relations further Read more »

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FINLAND: 41% OF TEACHERS WANT IMMIGRANT QUOTAS

Posted February 23, 2011

Finland: 41% of Teachers Want (Muslim) Immigrant Quotas Via YLE : Nearly half of Finnish teachers believe that the proportion of immigrant children in any one class should be limited to 20-30 percent. 41 percent of teachers questioned by Oppettaja-lehti, a teacher’s magazine, would like to limit immigrant numbers in schools and daycare. Almost a third of those polled said that they would not support quotaRead more »

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FRANCE: COMMENTATOR CONVICTED FOR INCITING RACIAL BIAS

Posted February 23, 2011

A French court on Friday convicted the prominent commentator Éric Zemmour on charges of “provocation to racial discrimination” for televised comments in which he suggested that a majority of criminals in France were “black and Arab,” and said that employers “have the right” to deny employment to those ethnic groups. Mr. Zemmour was ordered to pay over $14,000 in legal fees and damages to the five rights groups that were the plaintiffs in the case, and also received suspended fines totaling $2,700. Read more »

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ITALY: TUNISIAN MIGRANTS CLASH WITH POLICE ON TINY SOUTHERN ISLAND

Posted February 22, 2011

Italy: Tunisian migrants clash with police on tiny southern island Via AKI : A group of around 20 Tunisian migrants on Monday hurled stones at Italian police who intervened when a brawl broke out between them and other migrants at the southern island of Lampedusa’s overcrowded detention centre. Police removed about 10 migrants from the detention centre after the scuffles between the Tunisians, who claimed migrants who arrived on Lampedusa overnight had tried to “queue-jump” and appropriate from migrants held at the centre for several weeks tickets allocated for transfers to detention centres on the Italian mainland. Read more »

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LONDON: TEACHER ATTACKED FOR TEACHING OTHER RELIGIONS TO MUSLIM GIRLS

Posted February 22, 2011

London: Teacher attacked for teaching other religions to Muslim girls The police knew of the plot, but didn’t stop the attack. Via the Daily Mail : Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls. Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with a Stanley knife, an iron rod and a block of cement Read more »

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BRUSSELS: ASYLUM SEEKERS STAGE DRAMATIC PROTEST

Posted February 21, 2011

Brussels: Asylum seekers stage dramatic protest Via AFP : Asylum seekers staged a dramatic protest in Brussels on Sunday, setting fire to a detention centre and threatening to hang themselves, Belgian media reported. Read more »

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UK: MUSLIM ‘REFUSED JOB BECAUSE OF HIS NAME’ ACCUSES AIRLINE BOSSES OF RACISM

Posted February 21, 2011

UK: Muslim ‘refused job because of his name’ accuses airline bosses of racism Via the Daily Mail : A Muslim airport worker has accused airline Cathay Pacific of racism after he was refused a job interview – only to be offered one when he applied two days later using a fake white British-sounding name. Algerian-born Salim Zakhrouf applied to Cathay Pacific for a job as a passenger services officer at Heathrow Airport. Mr Zakhrouf, 38, who has lived in Britain since 1991 and is a UK citizen, was told by email he had not been selected for interview Read more »

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NETHERLANDS: CHRISTIAN UNION WANTS CONSTITUTIONAL SHARIA BAN

Posted February 21, 2011

Netherlands: Christian Union wants constitutional Sharia ban Via RNW : Christian Union Senator Roel Kuiper wants to amend the constitution to include a ban on Sharia, Islamic law. Read more »

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CHECHNYA: ‘SHARIAH FRIDAYS’

Posted February 21, 2011

Chechnya: ‘Shariah Fridays’ Via Reuters : Chechnya has asked state workers to dress conservatively, including headscarves for women and an Islamic dress code on Fridays, in its leaders’ latest assertion of Muslim customs. “We recommend that male state workers come to work in a suit and tie, and that women dress in a skirt below the knee and the appropriate headgear,” Chechen government deputy head Magomed Selimkhanov told reporters. Read more »

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MILAN: TUNISIAN SMASHES CAR INTO AIRPORT TERMINAL, SHOT AFTER TRYING TO STAB POLICE OFFICER

Posted February 21, 2011

Milan: Tunisian smashes car into airport terminal, shot after trying to stab police officer Via AFP : A terminal at Milan’s Malpensa airport was evacuated Monday when a man smashed his car into the terminal building and was shot by a police officer after trying to stab him, a security source said. “A Tunisian man… Read more »

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AUSTRIA: ILLEGAL TO SAY MUHAMMAD WAS A PEDOPHILE

Posted February 18, 2011

Austria: Illegal to say Muhammad was a pedophile I thought this story would get some attention from the mainstream media. Read more »

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FRANCE: SARKOZY WANTS LAW TO REIN IN ISLAM

Posted February 18, 2011

France: Sarkozy wants law to rein in Islam Via Connexion : JUST days after saying that multiculturalism had failed in France, President Sarkozy is launching a debate on religion and the secular state, asking what limits should be placed on Islam. Speaking to his UMP MPs at the Élysée, he said he wanted concrete measures on the place of Islam in France and its compatibility with the country’s secular laws. He said the French had “paid dear” for their blindness towards immigration during the 1980s, when debate was taboo Read more »

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SWEDEN: FORCED/CHILD MARRIAGE LAWS ‘NOT STRONG ENOUGH’

Posted February 18, 2011

Sweden: Forced/child marriage laws ‘not strong enough’ Via the Local : Sweden’s Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni agrees with Sweden’s National Migration Board’s (Migrationsverket) assessment, saying that new laws are needed. The board’s director general Dan Eliasson compiled data on forced and child marriages for the first time at the request of the government. After examining the number of forced, child and proxy marriages that occurred from September to December last year, the agency has observed a number of shortcomings Read more »

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SWITZERLAND: CONFERENCE TACKLES SWISS-MUSLIM IDENTITY ISSUES

Posted February 18, 2011

Hundreds of Muslims are expected to gather in Biel on Saturday for the annual conference of the Islamic Central Council Switzerland. This year’s theme is ”Islamic Identity and Modernity.” As WRS’s Vincent Landon reports , the conference will likely stir debate on how Muslims can be a lively and visible component of Swiss society in the face of some Swiss wanting Muslim culture to remain invisible, as evidenced by the vote to ban the building of new minarets in November last yearRead more »

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BIRMINGHAM: SCHOOL ACCUSED OF HATE-PREACHING FORCED TO SHUT OVER FAR-RIGHT SAFETY FEARS

Posted February 15, 2011

An Islamic school at the centre of a documentary row will close tomorrow amid safety fears. Teachers at the Darul Uloom Islamic High School, in Small Heath, Birmingham, have held meetings with police chiefs and fear that youngsters could be targeted by the far-Right. The Dispatches documentary, Lessons in Hatred and Violence, aired tonight and showed footage of a preacher making offensive remarks about Hindus and ranting: ‘Disbelievers are the worst creatures’Read more »

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NETHERLANDS: MULTICULTURALISM HAS FAILED, SAYS DEPUTY PM

Posted February 15, 2011

Netherlands: Multiculturalism has failed, says Deputy PM Following similar declarations by German , Belgian , British and French officials, a high-ranking Dutch politician declares multiculturalism a failure. Via DutchNews : Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen on Monday said the multicultural society has failed Read more »