German Capital Lifts Hijab Ban on Public School Teachers
May 9, 2023 • Focus on Western Islamism
Muslim teachers in Berlin, the German capital, have been authorized to wear Islamic headscarves in the classroom after a court determined that the city's religious neutrality law, which imposes a blanket ban on sectarian clothing and symbols in public schools, is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Muslim Brotherhood associated figures and organizations were instrumental in reversing the ban and are treating the decision as a major victory.
Berlin is one of eight German states with neutrality laws of this type. Berlin's abandonment of this measure is likely now to lead to Islamist efforts to rescind parallel laws in the other states.
Crisis in France: Author Writes on Islamism, Needs Police Protection
April 27, 2023 • Focus on Western Islamism
Islamists have leveled death threats at an influential French academic, forcing her to live under police protection after writing a hard-hitting book about the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy to Islamize Europe. Muslim activists have, as expected, denounced her work as "Islamophobic," but some Islamists and non-Muslim leftwing academics have on this occasion taken the invective to another level by falsely comparing the scrutiny of Islamism to Nazism.
Erdoğan Builds Another Mega-Mosque, This Time in Germany
April 6, 2023 • Focus on Western Islamism
The City Council of Wuppertal, a municipality in western Germany with a substantial Muslim population, has voted to approve the construction of a controversial new mega-mosque that will be controlled by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a tireless propagator of political Islam in Europe.
Germany's Leftist Government Spurns Tools to Tackle Islamist Threats
March 31, 2023 • Focus on Western Islamism
Germany's parliament has rejected two legislative proposals aimed at clamping down on political Islam in Germany. The sponsors of the proposed bills argued that Islamism is subversive and must be opposed because it poses a growing threat to liberal democracy and social cohesion. Lawmakers representing Germany's left-wing coalition government countered that measures to curb Islamism would unfairly single out Muslims.
The legislative setback comes just six months after Germany's government dissolved a high-profile expert working group on political Islam — opting instead to fight "Islamophobia."
Austria's Mosques Work Against Muslim Integration
March 23, 2023 • Focus on Western Islamism
Viennese mosques are promoting Islamic separatism and actively obstructing the integration of Muslims into Austrian society, according to a new report about mosques and Islamic associations in the Austrian capital. The in-depth investigative study also reveals that foreign governments continue to exert enormous influence on the practice of Islam in Austria, even though a so-called Islam Law prohibits such meddling.
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