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Politician wants to curb Islam. Suggests banning Muslim rituals. Per-Willy Amundsen, the Progress Party’s (FrP) spokesman on immigration policy, thinks Switzerland’s recent vote to ban the building of minarets is thought-provoking. He says he’d like to see a debate about imposing limits on Islam, and believes Europe is about to wake up.Not unique “I think that (the minaret ban in Switzerland) is an interesting starting point for a wider debate that’s going on all over Europe...There’s a big discussion about Burkas in France and Denmark at the moment, and several towns in Belgium have prohibited them,” Amundsen tells Dagsavisen.

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Politician wants to curb Islam

Published on Tuesday, 1st December, 2009 at 13:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Suggests banning Muslim rituals.

Main mosque in Malmoe, Sweden
Main mosque in Malmoe, Sweden
Photo: jorchr/Wikimedia Commons


Per-Willy Amundsen, the Progress Party’s (FrP) spokesman on immigration policy, thinks Switzerland’s recent vote to ban the building of minarets is thought-provoking. He says he’d like to see a debate about imposing limits on Islam, and believes Europe is about to wake up.

Not unique

“I think that (the minaret ban in Switzerland) is an interesting starting point for a wider debate that’s going on all over Europe...There’s a big discussion about Burkas in France and Denmark at the moment, and several towns in Belgium have prohibited them,” Amundsen tells Dagsavisen.

Norway has already been through a touchy debate about permitting Muslim policewomen to wear a Hijab whilst on duty, with Knut Storberget – the Labour Party’s (Ap) Minister of Justice – having stirred the waters.

Per-Willy Amundsen (FrP)
Per-Willy Amundsen (FrP)
Bård Gudim/FrPMedia/Wikimedia Commons
On the grounds of religious discrimination, Amundsen goes on to say that he doesn’t think the Swiss minaret veto is necessarily the right path to tread. However, he doesn’t discount imposing a similar Burka ban to Belgium here, and will see what happens in Demark and France.

With two tongues

Christian Tybring-Gjedde – FrP’s representative for Oslo – tells Dagavisen that he understands why the Swiss voted in favour, suggesting that they fear Europe will become Islamified.

But although he denies that forbidding the construction of minarets is religious bigotry, saying that the Swiss still allow mosque-building, his party’s earlier suggestion to ban calling Muslims to prayer in Oslo has resulted in the imposition of a 65 decibel limit.

Njål Høstmælingen, a researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), believes the limit borders on discrimination and double standards.

“You can hardly hear the Prayer Calls from minarets in Norway with this noise limit, whilst church bells are allowed to ring freely all over the country...Regulating sound levels from minarets function as discrimination when church bells don’t have the same guidelines,” he says.

Right-Extremists in several European countries celebrated the Swiss resolution.



Published on Tuesday, 1st December, 2009 at 13:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: burka, islam, moslems, mosques, minaret, switzerland, denmark, belgium, norway, france, progress, party, frp, ban, right, wing, extremists, europe, norwegian, centre, human, rights, nchr.





  
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