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Type: News

Country: 
France
News Date: 
24/09/2016
Summary: 

“Selectively edited” Footage of a young Muslim woman wearing a so-called Burkini being threatened on a French beach was a deliberate set-up for the benefit of a Channel Seven Australia television crew, according to revelations in the Australian press.

Country: 
Germany
News Date: 
22/09/2016
Summary: 

New research has warned the spread of niqab (a face-covering similar to a Burka) shops in Germany after an investigation has revealed they serve as Salafist meeting places and indoctrination centres.

Type: Opinion

Summary: 
  • In thirty years, France has undergone an accelerated process of Islamization.
  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the main Islamic movement in France, explained how Muslims living in the West have to proceed: they may use terror, they may use seduction, exploit Westerners' sense of guilt, grab public spaces, change laws, and create their own society inside Western societies until they become Muslim societies.
  • France used to be a country where religious neutrality in the public space was seen as an essential principle. Muslim extremists appear to be using Islamic veils and head-coverings as visible symbols to create the impression that Islam is everywhere.
  • Politicians claim that they respect human rights, but they seem to have forgotten the human rights of the women who do not cover up -- of those who suffer from Islamization, who are no longer free to write, think, or go for a walk on the street.
  • Politicians refused to "stigmatize" Islam and do not want to see the consequences: harassment, rapes, the destruction of freedom.
  • French journalists write under the threat of trial or assault, and almost never use the phrase "Islamic terrorism." Almost all books on Islam in French bookstores are written by Islamists or by authors praising Islam.
  • Have non-Muslims lost the will to fight?
Summary: 
  • "We will colonize you with your democratic laws." — Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Egyptian Islamic cleric and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
  • "Beaches, like any public space, must be protected from religious claims. The burkini is an anti-social political project aimed in particular at subjugating women... It is not compatible with the values ​​of France and the Republic. Faced with such provocations, the Republic must defend itself." — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
  • According to the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, the high court's ruling against burkini bans, "far from appeasing [Muslims], will instead increase passions and tensions."
  • "Beaches are equated with streets, where the wearing of ostentatious religious symbols is also rejected by two-thirds of the French." — Jérôme Fourquet, director of the French Institute of Public Opinion (Ifop).
Summary: 

Petitions to overturn the burkini ban call it a breach of human rights, but I feel sorry for French officials, who’ve been unfairly cast as the bad guys. It’s not the burkini ban that’s barring Muslim women from the beach – it’s the rhetoric that without it, they will be fair game for unwanted attention – like unwrapped sweets, circled by flies.

Summary: 
  • In the French republic, state schools were built to fight the grip of the Catholic church on the whole of French society. The thinking was that Darwin is better at explaining the origin of the human race than the Bible. To build a country of free citizens: knowledge first; belief only if you insist, and even then, only by yourself.
  • "If the hijab or burkini had anything to do with modesty or piety, the Islamic fundamentalists would have sought private beaches, not insisted on forcing themselves on the public. ... If the hijab becomes an accepted public phenomenon, a modern society cannot teach its future generations that a woman's dress is not an excuse for rape". — Hala Arafa, writing in The Hill.
  • A French Muslim society that often seems to feel as if it still belongs to its country of origin, appears to have decided that the game of secularism and "living together" should be over. With veils, burkinis and guns, various Islamists groups seem to be trying to embed the same message: We remain Muslims first and have decided to pay no attention to the culture of countries in which we are living

The consensus can be summarized like this: Religious beliefs cannot belong to the public sphere without risking tyranny or civil war. If French citizens want to live in peace democratically, all disturbing subjects -- especially faith in a country of multiple faiths -- must remain strictly private.

Summary: 

What appals is the way that Western women protested outside the French embassy waving a sign saying: “Non Islamophobia. Oui aux burkinis.” How dim and deluded can you be? France’s objection to the burkini, and its ugly sister the burka, arises from a love of women, not a hatred of Muslims.

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It’s much more comfortable for outraged liberals to attack their own culture for trying, however clumsily, to protect its values than it is to address the vexed question of what you do about a fanatical religious minority which despises our freedoms. As one scathing wit put it on Twitter: “This burkini ban is ridiculous. It’s 2016 and we live in a liberal, tolerant society. People should be free to enslave whomever they choose.”

Summary: 

In examining this picture for plausibility, Muslim women who wear religious coverings out of modesty do not part with their coverings so easily, because they are driven by their devotion to religious doctrine, in which obedience to the (male) order of the faith is fundamental. In fact, female Muslim devotees who cover up have presented the West an ongoing challenge — at times openly confrontational — to get them to remove any part of that covering in such serious situations as: providing witness testimony in court, citizenship swearing-in ceremonies, and simply showing their identities for voting at election polling stations. Yet this woman — obediently covering up according to her religious convictions — readily sheds her covering in full view of the male officers, males on the public beach, and with cell phone cameras flicking away, rather than simply getting up to leave and making her case afterward

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