Monday, May 01, 2006

Sweden & Islam again

Remember the Swedish Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz who pleaded that Islam should be judged differently? Well, Mahmoud Aldebe, head of Sweden’s largest Islamic organization, the Swedish Muslim League, has taken him at his word and issued a list of demands. A translation is available here (via LGF). Highlights:
Specific laws are required when it comes to the legal protection of the Muslim minority. With such protection we can request corrections of the Swedish family law to adapt it to Islam. It is this law that is the most important to Swedish Muslims: marriage, divorce, child protection, and raising underage children.

A mosque in every city or county... Financed by interest free loans. The counties should take the responsibility to either provide security for these interest free loans or to lend money without interest for the construction of mosques for its Muslim inhabitants. The Swedish state should introduce the term interest free loans and borrowers should have the right to deduct payments on interest free loans from the tax returns on the same grounds as loan interest.

Integrating Islam into Swedish schools... where Muslim children have the possibility of being educated in homogenous groups using their own native language and their own religion in the County schools. Imams and native language teachers should have status as ordinary teachers in Second Native Language and religion.

the establishment of Islamic elementary schools in densely populated areas with many Muslims where Muslim students would have the opportunity to study in homogenous groups could reinforce the students cultural and religious identity..

Every county ought to have one night a week that should be a woman’s evening, and respectively a mans evening, in the gym and the swimming hall.

We demand that county politicians should deliberate this matter immediately.

...create a law that gives Swedish Muslims the right to take vacation time during the Islamic holidays of Eid al fitr and Eid al Adha... We demand special legislation in this matter that is the right to two days paid vacation in connection to the celebration of these holidays... Muslims in other words demand special treatment in terms of legislation...

Two hours of time off for Friday prayer, between 12-14 o clock winter time, and between 13-15 o clock summer time… The state, as the biggest employer, ought to be an example for other employers in the private sector...

As late as in 1992 a study made by the ministry of agriculture determined that ritual slaughter cannot be accepted in Sweden. Now however there is a new study being made by the department of agriculture and we hope that the decision makers will come to a positive conclusion.

Muslims demand that the Union of Congregations [head organ] in the Swedish Church co-operates with the country's counties to reserve burial plots in all counties that have Muslim inhabitants. Muslims also demand that the ombudsman in each province will, in matters of funerals, take full responsibility to accommodate the Muslim demands for burial grounds.

Starting Imam education in Swedish universities and colleges is a demand from the nation's Muslims and from Swedish authorities...

Muslims demand that the community should treat them in the same way as you treat native Swedes and the Muslims want to live under the same circumstances as their Swedish neighbours.
Savour the irony of that last paragraph.

Thankfully Sweden’s equality minister Jens Orback has called the demands “completely unacceptable” and even moderate Muslims have rejected them. More at the Gates of Vienna.


Anonymous Clematis Fraud said...

Er, yes.

11:21 am  
Blogger Alison said...

Gates if Viennas comments section crack me up though. "hard to imagine this in the US" regards a nos of issues. Free speech is written into their constitution and so what was the US position on the cartoons again? Djimmitude, apologies, tut tutting and in some cases censorship. Its the them and us attitude with the US vs Europe rather than the collective stand that 'gets' me. Too busy beating on socialism to see whats happening in your own back yard? (Not that im a fan of the latter of course). The Mexicans are out in force with their commie mass demos and demands today. Guess which other group tagged along?

11:58 am  
Blogger Serf said...

In many cases they genuinely don't understand that they are asking for special favours. Which is even more frightening.

2:37 pm  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

"In many cases they genuinely don't understand that they are asking for special favours.": EU-serf

So I think it is with socialists. Most of their demands to make someothing a right are basically entitlements, forcibly transferred from one person to another.

5:19 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

True, Alison. At least we aren't offering to grant our illegal immigrants amnesty. We just let them out of prison and hope they don't claim asylum because THAT would be bad for government targets.

EU Serf. I think they know exactly what they're doing - they're pushing at the door to see how far it will open.

5:19 pm  
Blogger simulev said...

"Remember the Swedish Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz"

Yes i do. And I thank him here:

9:06 am  

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