European Muslims

Denmark’s Recent “Burqa Ban” – Unnecessary, Counterproductive, and Hypocritical

The target of the new law is the burqa and niqab but, already the Danish People’s Party have turned their attention to the head scarf, launching a new poster campaign that tells women to “throw of the headscarf and become part of Denmark.” Given the rise in religious apathy and intolerance towards religion generally, who knows what will come next; tomorrow the cross or the yarmulke could be the next target. This is why it is important now, more than ever, for all freedom-loving people to come together, to stand together and oppose this unnecessary, counterproductive and hypocritical law.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/denmarks-recent-burqa-ban-unnecessary-counterproductive-and-hypocritical

Securitization of Islam and Religious Freedom

Securitization is not simply state prevention of foreign political violence. It is also increasingly aimed at Islamic religious practices like the burqa which are interpreted as signs of political radicalism. One of the unexpected consequences of such a situation has been to grant governments greater means to control religions in general. As such, it is a very serious threat to religious freedom and democracy across Europe.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/securitization-of-islam-and-religious-freedom

A "Burqa Litmus Test" for Religious Liberty Advocates: A Response to Sohrab Ahmari’s “Confessions of a Burka-Phobe”

Theatrics aside, Ahmari missed a critical opportunity to engage in a constructive debate about the niqab and the limits of religious liberty and pluralism in the public square. Instead he turned to seemingly more pressing issues: the bullying and silencing of free and honest debate in Europe by progressive liberals. “Does liberal opinion permit Europeans to discuss the burka openly, honestly, and fearlessly?” he asks. “The answer is almost certainly ‘no,’ judging by the furious reaction that greeted Boris Johnson’s recent remarks,” he answers. The Johnson controversy, Ahmari would have us believe, has little if anything to do with “Islamophobia,” anti-Muslim bigotry, or the right to manifest one’s religious beliefs. It has everything to do with “a prohibition against expressing any discomfort, enforced on pain of social ostracism and joblessness” by “illiberal liberalism.” A prohibition that is “a recipe for populist backlash.”

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/a-burqa-litmus-test-for-religious-liberty-advocates

Migration Crisis: Europe's Failed Response

By: Hope Zigterman

Around 3,000 migrants are waiting outside Calais, France, as they hope to make their way into Britain via the Eurotunnel. Each night thousands face guards armed with tear gas and clubs, and ten so far have died attempting to board the trains that will take them through the tunnel. The situation has gained the attention of the international media, as tensions rise between Britain and France, and traffic through the tunnel clogs up. 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/migration-crisis-europes-failed-response

In France, Institutionalized Islamophobia Threatens Religious Freedom for All

By: Engy Abdelkader

A recent French court decision flouting Muslim and Jewish dietary restrictions serves as a sobering reminder that institutionalized discrimination threatens religious freedom in parts of contemporary Europe.

Earlier this year, a local French mayor announced that his district’s school cafeterias would no longer provide students non-pork alternatives despite rules against bringing packed lunches and a sizable Muslim population.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/in-france-institutionalized-islamophobia-threatens-religious-freedom-for-all