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When will we see an Islamic Enlightenment

Telegraph Blogs 22 March 2012
By Allan Massie

I’ve just read a review by Paul Berman in The New Republic of "Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide”, written by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea, and published by the Oxford University Press. It’s an examination of how fundamentalist Islam has come to dominate the Muslim world, and of how it is penetrating and infecting Europe and the USA. The authors apparently detail the spreading influence of narrow and bigoted intolerance, and the host of examples they provide, as quoted by the reviewer, must cause distress and anxiety to all who believe in freedom and liberal democracy.

 

An Ex-Muslim’s Open Letter to Muslims of the World

Islam Watch 20 March 2012

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Greetings in the name of Allah, the beneficent and the Merciful!

Today we are fortunate to watch what is happening in the world on TV from our living rooms – whether it is tsunami, floods, earthquakes, plane crashes, refugee camps, the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan etc. In this panorama of world events, we also watch our Muslim brothers continually involve in unending fights in Palestine, Kashmir, Southern Thailand, Mindanao (Philippines), Nigeria, Chechnya, Burma, Xinxiang province in China etc. We also watch Muslims killing Muslims, or Sunnies fighting against Shiites Ahamadias, Bahais, often attacking their Mosques using suicide bombers.

 

Gilani ready to resign if it resolves Swiss letter issue

Pakistan Observer 19 March 2012
By Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that he was ready to resign if the issue of writing letter to Swiss authorities resolved. Talking to media in Lahore on Sunday, the prime

 

Swiss parliament rejects yashmak ban

Voice of Russia 7 March 2012

The Swiss parliament has rejected an initiative to ban wearing yashmaks in public, local media reports say. The ban was earlier suggested by a member of the ultra-right Swiss People`s

 

United Nations backs hijab in football

Chicago Tribune 1 March 2012
By Brian Homewood

GENEVA - The United Nations has joined the campaign to overturn the ban on the hijab in football four days before the sport's rule makers are due to review the decision. The U.N.

 

Definition of Multiculturalism

Citizen Warrior 20 February 2012

MULTICULTURALISM is a philosophy that appreciates ethnic diversity within a society and that encourages people to learn from the contributions of those of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

There is nothing wrong with multiculturalism. In fact, it's wonderful. It makes the world a better place. It enriches everybody. But wholesale, indiscriminate, across-the-board, reckless multiculturalism is incomplete. It is missing one simple distinction, and that makes it blind.

 
 

"Swiss umma” project takes shape

swissinfo 20 February 2012
By Simon Bradley

An initiative to create a democratically elected body representing Switzerland’s 400,000 Muslims, a so-called "Swiss umma”, is steadily gaining ground.

The organisers say the parliament could be up and running by next year. But certain critics question whether the Muslim body will see the light of day or actually makes sense.

 

Liberals are not moral relativists

EuropeNews 16 February 2012
By Piotr Napierala

I realized that even very intelligent and educated people often struggle with defining liberalism and recognizing its ideology and policy. The reason for it may be the practical approach of liberals, who adopt their ideology to existing conditions and are rarely dogmatic. Liberalism is often mixed with other ideas and ideologies, which makes it even more difficult to establish what in a given political or social programme is liberal, and what is for instance democratic, libertarian, nationalistic etc.

 

Another town denies Islamic group rally

WRS 16 February 2012

The controversial Islamic Central Council Switzerland, or IZRS, has been denied a place for a rally for the second time. Spreitenbach in the canton of Aargau has cancelled permission for "Islam

 

Controversial Muslim "Parliament” Planned In Switzerland

Worldcrunch 14 February 2012

ZURICH - Some of Switzerland’s leading Islamic organizations want to set up a single national body that will allow the country’s approximately 400,000 Muslims to "speak with one voice,” as community

 

Muslim refugees housed in Swiss brothel

The Local 14 February 2012
By Lyssandra Sears

Eleven Muslim refugees have been housed by Social Services in a brothel in Thurgau in north-eastern Switzerland. On the ground floor of the Erotic Hotel Venus, a brothel that has been around for

 

STOP ACTA! Say NO to ACTA

The signature of ACTA by European countries does not mean the deal is done, needs to be ratified by the European Parliament.

They will vote on june 2012 to either ratify or reject ACTA. Please read more how to act and call your MPs, tell them tovote against ratification. This would disarm ACTA in Europe.

STOP ACTA / Say NO to ACTA!

 

Zurich investigates Turk's genocide comment

swissinfo 10 February 2012

The Zurich public prosecutor’s office has launched an initial investigation into Egemen Bagis, Turkey’s European Union minister, over alleged racist remarks. At a Zurich concert on his way home

 

The OSCE: Yet Another Avenue for Islamists to Control Speech

Family Security Matters 10 February 2012
By Andrew E. Harrod and Adam Turner

Although more attention goes to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) prominent attempts to police speech in Western nations regarding Islam-related topics through the UN and the "Istanbul Process", Muslim and Islamist desires to restrict critical speech concerning Islam-related topics and promote a positive image of their religion have also played a role in yet another international organization's efforts to address the debate about Islam and Muslims.

 

Turkish minister probed over Armenia remarks

The Local 8 February 2012

Swiss prosecutors have launched a probe into alleged remarks by Turkey's EU affairs minister denying the Armenian genocide, a crime under Swiss anti-racism laws, ATS news agency said on

 

OSCE calls for Muslim umbrella organisation

swissinfo 8 February 2012

Experts from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have recommended the establishment of an umbrella organisation for all Swiss Muslims. In their report, seen by the

 

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Twisted concept of honour shames any civilised society

Independent.ie 8 February 2012

You probably saw last week the terrible story of the Shafias. Mohammad Shafia was an Afghani, who -- after making money in property in Dubai -- emigrated to Canada.

With him he brought two wives. Rona Amir Mohammad, his first, had been unable to bear children and he had taken a second, Tooba (Muslims are permitted four), by whom he had seven children. Rona, who was passed off as a cousin, helped to rear the family.

 

Zurich investigates Turk's genocide comment

swissinfo 7 February 2012

The Zurich public prosecutor’s office has launched an initial investigation into Egemen Bagis, Turkey’s European Union affairs minister, over alleged racist remarks. The Swiss ambassador to Turkey

 

Ibn Warraq's insightful and inspiring defense of Western civilization

Jihad Watch 3 February 2012
By Robert Spencer

In my Crisis column this week I review Ibn Warraq's extraordinary new book, Why the West Is Best:

Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy.
By Ibn Warraq, Encounter Books, 286 pages, $19.

One principal reason why the Islamic jihad is advancing with such confidence around the world today is because its chief competitor, the West, has lost its nerve. The iron and unquestionable dogma of multiculturalism has eaten away at its self-confidence and left only a relativism that walks to the brink of excusing genocide.

 
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