PARIS – Friday in Paris. A hidden camera shows streets blocked by huge crowds of Muslim worshippers and enforced by a private security force.
This is all illegal in France: the public worship, the blocked streets, and the private security. But the police have been ordered not to intervene.
Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice.
European governments have recently passed laws banning the burqa [GALLO/GETTY]
|Boston, MA - Eight years have passed since France’s Assemblee Nationale launched the opening volley of a decade-long effort to reduce Islam’s visibility within migrant-origin communities across Europe. In the last few months alone, an anti-burqa law was passed in the Netherlands, a new headscarf bill and restrictions on halal slaughter are under consideration in France, and a German Supreme Court ruling banned Muslim prayer in public schools.
As Muslims and non-Muslims despair about the prospect of long-term Islamic integration in 21st century Europe, disagreement over the urgency and necessity to restrict Islamic symbols in the public sphere – from clothing to architecture and food – is at the origin of a potentially grave misunderstanding.
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Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric has likened gay marriage to slavery.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has recently made a series of controversial statements in the media about same sex unions.
When interviewed on Radio 4, Cardinal O’Brien said countries which legalise gay marriage are ‘shaming themselves’ by going against the ‘natural law.’
He also claimed same sex unions were the ‘thin end of the wedge’ and would lead to the ‘further degeneration of society into immorality.’
At the weekend Cardinal O’Brien wrote in newspaper article:
‘Imagine for a moment that the Government had decided to… Continue reading
A mother of four has spoken out about her ordeal at the hands of an Orthodox Jewish community- saying she was trapped in an abusive arranged marriage for six years.
Pearlperry Rich, 30, says she was pushed into an arranged marriage with Sinai Meir Sholz in her home of Borough Park in Brooklyn, New York and has ‘issues’ right from the start.
She is still fighting to finalise her divorce as her husband fights her all the way – saying she acts improperly by wearing trousers and accusing her of ‘promiscuous’ activity.
Ms Reich talked to MailOnline about what she describes as an emotionally and physically abusive marriage.
She claims her husband called her a ‘slut’ in front of her children, cut up one of her $4,000 wigs and warned her that she was ‘playing with fire’ by seeking to leave the Orthodox community.
Barbaric textbooks handed out in Saudi Arabian schools teach children how to cut off a thief’s hands and feet under Sharia law, it has emerged.
The shocking books, paid for and printed by the Saudi government, also tell teenagers that Jews need to be exterminated and homosexuals should be ‘put to death’.
Recent editions were obtained by the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, D.C., which says they should raise fears in the West over the use of jihadist language.
The books were published and handed out to 9th and 10th-graders despite Saudi Arabia’s promises to clean up textbooks in the kingdom.
Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, told Fox News: ’This is where terrorism starts, in… Continue reading
Associated Press reporter, photographer and videographer Ishtiaq Mahsud spent six days with fighters from the Pakistani Taliban close to the Afghan border. His following account of their travels through South Waziristan offers a fascinating insight into an area that the Pakistani military claimed had been brought under control after an army offensive two years ago.
For 15 hours, we walked with Taliban fighters through territory supposedly controlled by the Pakistani army and frequently pounded by U.S. drone strikes.
Avoiding roads and towns, we easily evaded soldiers and were shown recruits drilling with weapons, militant positions and – from a distance – a compound used by foreign fighters.
The rare trip to South Waziristan revealed the resilience of militants in the northwestern tribal areas, some of whom are also battling American soldiers across… Continue reading
What challenges have generations of Muslim immigrants in France been facing to retain their cultural identity?
There are an estimated five million Muslims in France today, which is the largest such population in Western Europe.
A century ago, they were called “colonials”; in the 1960s, they were known as “immigrants”; today, they are “citizens”.
With issues of immigration and integration raising the political temperature in Europe, this three-part series looks back at the history of Muslim immigration into France. It is a history that remains alive today, with the ongoing debate over how to reconcile France’s long-standing tradition of secularism with religious diversity.
What challenges have Muslim immigrants in France faced and overcome in order to retain their cultural identity in a foreign country?
In 1904, 5,000 Muslims were working in mainland France on shop floors in Paris, in Marseille soap factories, or in the northern coalfields. They were called… Continue reading
An Afghan woman who was jailed for adultery after being raped has received a presidential pardon.
However, there are concerns she may be pressured into marrying the man who attacked her.
As Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul, the case highlights the plight of rape victims in Afghanistan.