Commemorating 9/11: Offensive to some European Muslims
From the Iconoclast:
Yesterday evening youths in Kuregem, an immigrant neighbourhood of Brussels, threw stones at buses of the Flemish public transport company De Lijn. No passengers got hurt though the buses, heading for Flanders, the Dutch-speaking area surrounding Brussels, were damaged and windows were shattered. The youths were said to be angry because earlier in the day Flemish politicians had tried to hold a vigil for the victims of the 2001 9/11 attacks in Manhattan.
Here is a very different perspective on the seven year anniversary of the attack on World Trade Center in New York. Nasser Khader is a Danish Muslim, immigrant of Syrian background, and member of the Danish parliament. He has opposed radical Islam in his country, often at great personal risk and is now chairman of the political party Liberal Alliance:
Islamism is the Racism of Our Time:
"Today, on the 7th anniversary of 9/11, we face the fact that the War on Terror is not won. It is, however, not lost either. ... while the democratic world, using its superior firepower, has been able to keep the terrorists at bay, ... we have not launched in a similar decisive fashion.. the battle against political Islam.
...Everywhere the Islamists are advancing. Their influence.... is advancing on all levels on a daily basis.
Islamism as a political ideology is now a more serious threat against democracies than the violent terrorism that Al-Qaeda have been advancing... the very values that our soldiers fight for in Afghanistan are repressed. Freedom of expression is the first to go, and freedom of religion with it. ...
Islamism is the racism of our time. It can be said no more clearly than this. And as such, a united democratic world must turn against Islamism — not seeking ‘dialogue’ or ‘understanding’, but in rejection and concrete resistance.
... the United Nations conference on racism... Durban II in Geneva... is being hijacked by Islamic countries to support Sharia...
I believe that the Danish government should use Durban II to propose a condemnation of political Islam as a racist ideology....
The Islamists’ assaults and threats against authors, cartoonists, and other intellectuals, who challenge their monopoly on the right teaching, are increasing in strength...
...There exist religious practices that are not compatible with fundamental human rights. Islamism is one of those, and must therefore be fought.
....If our souls are lost to the Islamists, we will eventually lose the War on Terror. Democracy must learn to strike hard.
"Muslims want to have alcohol free days in discos. There should be some days when people can go to restaurants and discos where there's a total ban on alcohol," says Naeem.
Hege Storhaug of Human Rights Service rejects such a proposal. "
"All the time they have special rules, and we reject special requirements. We get a split up society and Islam get more place in the public sphere. people force religious opinions on others. In the most extreme consequence it leads to the Islamization of society," says Storhaug to iOslo.no. "All the time it's Muslims who come with special requirements. We never hear a peep from Catholics, Jews, Hindus etc."