After the Charlie Hebdo and related Muslim terrorist attacks, the European Union is being presented with proposals from Muslim groups to ban ‘Islamophobia,’ so as to stem a perceived backlash against Muslims. (Hmmm, kind of like the Nazis demanding Europe impose a ban on ‘Naziphobia’ during WWII)
Organization of Islamic Cooperation considers taking legal action against Charlie Hebdo magazine for hurting the feelings of Muslims
The Commentator (h/t Linda R) Diplomatic and NGO sources in Brussels say that the European Union is now considering proposals from Muslim groups to strengthen laws against “hate speech” following the fatal attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish Supermarket.
The proposals are based on fears that the attacks by Islamists could provoke a backlash against Europe’s growing Muslim community, leaders of which uniformly condemned the killings, while simultaneously protesting against denigration of Muhammed.
Mainstream Muslim leaders have close contacts with the European Union and its related institutions, as do the leaders of other faith groups.
The sources, consulted in the last two days, who insisted upon anonymity, said that senior EU officials were sympathetic to calls for libel and hate-speech laws to be strengthened, but were sceptical of getting support from member governments or from the European Parliament where Right-leaning parties increased their presence at last year’s European elections.
One well-informed member of a non-governmental orgainsation in Brussels said: “The conversation is going on. In fact, it’s the only game in town after Paris. But you aren’t going to get anyone to go on the record right now. Everyone’s too scared, and I don’t mean scared of the Islamists, I mean scared of being accused of being politically correct, even if they are. “
“The Jewish groups are terrrified, but let’s face it, how many Jews are there in Europe against the number of Muslims?. But, yes, they are considering a ban on Islamophobia”.
Opinion polls show that the majority of European Union Muslims want Sharia law for their communities, but do not believe that that should extend to the non-Muslim majority. However, they do believe that insulting the Muslim Prophet should be against the law.
In 2003, the EU suppressed a report on anti-Semitism in Europe which concluded that attacks on Jews were mainly perpetrated by young Muslims.
Government officials are looking into reports that a Canadian convert to Islam who starred in an ISIS propaganda video has been killed in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State terrorist group.
CFRA John Maguire, 23, who used the name Abu Anwar Al-Canadi, was killed in northern Syria, according to a pro-ISIS Twitter account.
The former University of Ottawa student who grew up in Kemptville had tried to encourage attacks on Canadian soil in a video posted online last December. The Prime Minister’s Office said it was aware of reports Maguire had been killed, and was “seeking additional information on them.”
The Public Safety Minister’s office released a statement saying it could not speak about specific cases, but warned other Canadians planning to join ISIS, also known as ISIL and the Islamic State. “Any individual who decides to join the ISIS jihadists runs the risk of meeting their ultimate demise,” the statement said.
French-speaking ISIS terrorist tells Islamic State followers to “resist with all means, kill them, slaughter them, burn their cars and homes.”
Vocativ (h/t Kitty) The official ISIS media outlet in Raqqa, Syria, published a new propaganda video on Wednesday that shows French-speaking ISIS militants urging their brothers in Europe to slaughter infidels and kill more police. Three ISIS members speak in French dotted with Arabic expressions and threaten more attacks in Europe and the United States. The first two militants appear to have North African and West African accents, respectively, while the third speaks in an accent suggesting he is from the suburbs of Paris. I say to my brothers, if you see a police officer—kill him. Kill them all. Kill all infidels that you see in the streets.”
Before taking part in the Muslim terrorist attacks in France, Amedy Coulibaly made a video in front of an ISIS flag, pledging that what he was about to do would be done on behalf of ISIS as an expression of support for Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Washington Post Amedy Coulibaly, the man who killed a policewoman, and probably a jogger before killing four hostages at a Paris supermarket on Friday before he was fatally shot by police, is seen here pledging allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Speaking in French and occasionally lapsing into broken Arabic, he is shown wearing a flak vest, then a leather jacket and later a traditional African robe while he explains his motives for carrying out the attack and urges other Muslims also to take up arms.
Coulibaly, who also is thought to have fatally shot a French policewoman Thursday, is introduced as Abou Bassir AbdAllah al-Ifriqi and a “soldier of the caliphate.”