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12 December 2013

Islamic fundamentalism is widespread in Europe

Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe. This conclusion is drawn in a study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

The author analyzed data from a representative survey among immigrants and natives in six European countries.

Two thirds of the Muslims interviewed say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live. Three quarters of the respondents hold the opinion that there is only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran.

These numbers are significantly higher than those from local Christians. Only 13 percent of this group put religious rules above national law; just under 20 percent refuse to accept differing interpretations of the Bible.

For Ruud Koopmans, this powerful tendency toward Muslim religious fundamentalism is alarming: “Fundamentalism is not an innocent form of strict religiosity”, the sociologist says. “We find a strong correlation between religious fundamentalism – actually among both Christians and Muslims – and hostility toward out-groups like homosexuals or Jews.”

Almost 60 percent of the Muslim respondents reject homosexuals as friends; 45 percent think that Jews cannot be trusted; and an equally large group believes that the West is out to destroy Islam.

The Christians’ answers for comparison: As many as 9 percent are openly anti-Semitic; 13 percent do not want to have homosexuals as friends; and 23 percent think that Muslims aim to destroy Western culture.

The Six Country Immigrant Integration Comparative Survey collected data in more than 9,000 telephone interviews in Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden.

The respondents were Turkish and Moroccan immigrants, as well as control groups of natives. This study is the first that allows analysis on an empirical base of the extent and impact of religious fundamentalism.

[The WZB was founded in 1969 by members of the German parliament from all parties. The WZB is funded by the Federal government and the state of Berlin.] [WZB Berlin Social Science Center]

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03 December 2013

Survey on Islam in Austria: 18% of Muslims support death sentence for apostasy, 21.9% oppose democracy

One in five teachers of Islam (21.9%) has a problem with democracy. And he or she even says so openly. This is the result of a written survey meticulously conducted by the sociologist and scientist Mouhanad Khorchide (Note 1).

Apart from the above assertion, there is additional explosive data: 14.7% distance themselves from the Austrian constitution, 13.9% are of the opinion that elections are not compatible with Islam, and 28.4% believe that it is not possible to be a European and Muslim at the same time.

Even more, there are those among the polled Islamic teachers (18.2%) who advocate the death penalty in case of apostasy. And 8.5% sympathize with those using violence to spread Islam.

Anas Shakfeh, the head of the Islamic Faith Community in Austria, also concludes that beliefs and attitudes such as the above are highly problematic. However, direct consequences cannot be drawn from this study because the questionnaires were made anonymous. “I cannot react to a private opinion,” Shakfeh says. If a teacher does make these statements, there would be consequences.

But the hiring of Islamic teachers is the responsibility of Islamic Faith Community, not that of the state. This resulted in the hiring of teachers who were inadequately trained or not trained at all. 37% of those teaching right now have no theological training, 41% are not trained as teachers — all this can also be found in the study.

The Faith Community blames these numbers on “relics”: when Islamic religious teaching was first introduced in 1982, there were no qualified teachers in Austria, which meant they had to be “imported” from Turkey. Only in 1998 was the Islamic Religious Academy (IRPA) founded in Vienna [as part of the University of Vienna].

Things have since changed somewhat, says Khorchide. “Second-generation religious teachers identify more strongly with Austria. They do not have deficits [such as those found in the study].” On the other hand, these younger teachers do not emphasize critical reflection, but rather convey rituals and laws. There remains much to do.

The title of the study was: Mouhanad Khorchide, “Islamic Religious Education between Integration and Parallel Societies: Attitudes and Beliefs of Islamic Religious Teachers in Public Schools”

(Note 1) Who is Mouhanad Khorchide? The 37-year old Lebanese native considers himself a liberal Muslim who does not read the Quran as the literal word of God, and who applies scientific methods when he trains religious teachers and works as an imam.

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01 December 2013

Media - Contents

Published research on the Media’s coverage of Islam and Muslims. This post lists and links to all the other posts on this subject

"Islamophobia" in the Media - The Missing Pieces
Written evidence submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia By Islam Surveyed, December 2013.

Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media
Edited by Julian Petley and Robin Richardson. Published by Oneworld Publications 2011.
This book is a rehash of research done between May 2006 and April 2007 for the GLA and the then Mayor of London (Ken Livingstone) and in early 2008 by the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Islamophobia & the British Press
A Briefing on Islamophobia & the British Press - Sources, Basic Facts & the Wrong Questions
The Media, in particular, the British Press, is blamed for Islamophobia. It continually publishes bad news and critical comment on Islam and Muslims.

Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime
A Review: Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: UK case studies 2010 - An introduction to a ten year Europe-wide research project
By Robert Lambert and Jonathan Githens-Mazer. Published by European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC), University of Exeter

Objections to the Media
Muslims often complain that the media is unfair to them. They say: (a) The mainstream media is biased, putting the worst possible light on things and even making up stories; (b) Not all Muslims are the same and the media creates a negative sterotype.
The Media is even one of the main causes of Islamophobia. Various books and studies push this idea.

Common Ground or Not
The Greater London Authority (while Ken Livingstone was mayor) published a study entitled, The search for common ground: Muslims, non-Muslims and the UK media.

14 November 2013

What Guardian Readers Think of the Muslim Veil

Veils hit the headlines in early September.

(1) A prospective Muslim student at Birmingham Metropolitan College complained that the school's long-standing dress code, which forbade all head coverings on campus, would discriminate against her and her desire to cover her face.

The college promptly caved in to an extremist campaign and changed its rules allowing Muslim students to veil their faces. Other face covering clothing, balaclavas and crash helmets, remained forbidden on college premises.

(2) A judge decided a Muslim woman must take off her veil to give evidence, but she could wear it during the rest of the trial. He expressed the hope that Parliament or a higher court would soon ‘provide a definitive answer’, adding: ‘The niqab has become the elephant in the court room.’

Following this The Guardian published rapidly what seemed like an endless stream of articles all with more or less the same message.

"The veil isn't a problem. We can change our rules to suit Muslims if they think their religion requires it."

GUARDIAN READERS DIDN'T AGREE!

According to readers' comments on five of those articles that in total attracted over 5700 readers' comments (a huge number, indicating the interest in the subject) and the recommendations other readers gave those comments ....

.... 80% BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE LIMITS ON VEILING AND EVEN 50% WOULD BAN IT ALTOGETHER.

We have looked at (well, scanned) all 5700 comments! It hasn't been easy, as the Guardian, doesn't allow sorting of comments by popularity. [Some people might think this is wise as otherwise it shows starkly how much The Guardian is out of tune with its readers when it comes to Islam apologetics!!]

For each article, we have made extracts from a selection of high scoring comments (mostly those with more than 100 reader recommendations). See link below

See top reader recommended comments here.

The number of Guardian reader recommendations each comment received is shown followed by a code created and allocated by "Islam Surveyed" to indicate the point or points made as follows:

BF = Ban the veil in public, like the French.
BNE = Ban face covering where required, No Exceptions for Muslims.
DR = Disagree with the veil because of the religious beliefs it represents.
DS = Disagree with the veil because those who wear it separate themselves from society.
DC = Disagree with the veil because it hinders human communication and interaction.
MV = A Muslim view.
GP = Guardian problem. The Guardian does not give a balanced picture and ignores the views of its readers.
TP = Teaching problems. The veil is a barrier to good teaching and not appropriate in school or college environments.
TF = Two fingers. It is a deliberate anti-West or political gesture and even a form of showing off.
N = It is new. There are more veil wearers than there ever used to be
WR = When in Rome etc.
MM = Muslim men don't have the same or equivalent restriction.
PI = Promotes anti-Muslim feeling.

And, links to the original articles are given below.

(1) My veil epiphany - Just what was Birmingham Met thinking of when it tried to stop women wearing the niqab?

By Victoria Coren Mitchell. 39 top recommended comments selected from a total of 1400 comments.

(2) Spare us a 'national debate' on veils
Home Office minister Jeremy Browne wants the nation to discuss how Muslim women dress, but it is hardly a menace to society.

By Simon Jenkins. 25 top recommended comments selected from a total of 1048 comments

(3) Full-face veils aren't barbaric – but our response can be

By Maleiha Malik. 21 top recommended comments selected from a total of 1449 comments

(4) Don't follow France's burqa ban. It has curbed liberty and justice
There's a sorry parade of women being fined for wearing the veil – and the people who attack them

By Nabila Ramdani. 27 top recommended comments selected from a total of 703 comments

(5) Should there be restrictions on wearing the niqab? - five-minute video debate.
Columnists Nabila Ramdani and Joan Smith discuss whether any restrictions should apply to the wearing of the Islamic full-face veil (niqab) in public. Is Britain on the way to a French-style ban? Is the matter one of national importance? Or are the number of people wearing the niqab in Britain too small for it to be a serious concern?

22 top recommended comments selected from a total of 1112 comments.

04 August 2013

This is Why - Part 9

A continuous survey of the causes of “Islamophobia” covering the many things Islam and Muslims do and say that puzzle or repulse non-Muslims. (Conflicts in Muslim countries and terrorism are excluded.) See here for explanation of survey.

July 2013

5 injured in clashes at burka riot outside Paris
About 250 people hurling projectiles clashed with police firing tear gas west of Paris, in apparent protest over enforcement of France’s ban on Islamic face veils.

No compromise on individuals mocking religion
The communication and multimedia ministry will not compromise with those who insult or mock religion on social websites.

An exceptional act of courage
.... all religious minorities have been made into second class citizens.

Aceh, increasing intolerance against Christians: 17 house churches closed

Norwegian woman who reported being raped in Dubai is jailed for 16 months

Taliban's letter to Malala Yousafzai: this is why we tried to kill you

"Let America And Britain Hate The Caliphate; Let Britain, America, And The Entire West Go To Hell, Because The Caliphate Is Coming, Allah Willing"

Pakistani man given life sentence on blasphemy charge, despite lack of evidence

Malaysia's 'Galloping Islamization'
In Malaysia, the tone of the anti-Christian campaign has become shriller.

More Hatred and Extremism at the East London Mosque

Popular U.S. Imam: Constitution Inferior to Sharia

Muslims’ threats to stab pork eating UK prisoners

Muslim extremists kill our priests, burn our churches and kidnap our women: How Egypt's Arab Spring dream descended into a nightmare of religious hatred

Building bridges in Australia: Ads against "Islamophobia" use fabricated George Bernard Shaw quote praising Muhammad

Women-only tennis sessions launched in Blackburn

The Myth of Spain's Islamic Golden Age

Saudi to expel foreigners disrespecting Ramadan

Bedford dad beat kids while forcing them to read Koran

Temporary marriage becomes popular among young UK Muslims

Venstre to unhappy Muslims: "Find somewhere else to live"
Muslims who show no interest in adopting Danish values ought to think about why they settled in Denmark in the first place, the immigration spokesperson for leading opposition party Venstre argued in an opinion piece published in Politiken newspaper today.

Christian Convert Tried in Tehran

Muslim TV station fined for allowing contributor to incite murder
.... Earlier this year Dr Malik said that he was dissatisfied with Ofcom's ruling because there were cultural differences that Ofcom does not understand.

Muslim television channel fined after preacher of hate incited murder live on air

Iranian swimmer Elham Asghari: 'My 20km record has been held hostage'
.... no matter how Islamic my swimming gear, it was unacceptable," she told the Guardian. "They said the feminine features of my body were showing as I came out of water.

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Says Problem of Immigration Concerns "Foreign Cultures Marked by Islam"

Iranian hardliners apoplectic over Shakira Confederations cup shot
.... in Iran, the few seconds of a woman with bare arms and a revealing top broadcast on national television for the first time prompted furious debate.

Beheading of Catholic priest in Syria highlights fears over arming opposition

The boy killed for an off-hand remark about Muhammad - Sharia spreads in Syria

The East London Mosque: A Place For Hate
.... you could have heard the Friday sermon being delivered by a hate preacher who has been banned from Sheffield Hallam university. Assim al-Hakeem teaches that apostates must be killed.

June 2013

Turkey – Erdogan Global Twitter Conspiracy
.... There is now a scourge that is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.

Blasphemy convict: Aasia Bibi’s appeal at least two years away

Lynching of Shiites in Egypt follows months of negative rhetoric

Saudi Arabian Women's Conference... With Not A Female In Sight

Saudi police stop wedding in park
.... A source in the Commission said the wedding was stopped because it violated local traditions as the bride was not covering her face and the groom was holding her hand and hugging her sometimes.

Good news: "Behead Those Who Disrespect Our Prophet P.B.U.H" has a Facebook page!

Muslim prison numbers soar as staff warn of Islamic “gang culture” in jails

The dark side of the force
.... wife-beating is permissible after the failure of all other means of persuasion. In such circumstances, a husband may beat his wife “lightly with his hands, avoiding her face and other sensitive areas.

Syria: 'I saw rebels execute my boy for no more than a joke’

Violence and Context in Islamic Texts
Islam forbids the killing of innocents. The key question, then, is what constitutes "innocence" in Islam? According to some Muslim authorities, to disbelieve in Allah is to be guilty of the crime of committing disbelief…[which is] worse than slaughter.

Preacher Who Backs Wife-Beatings Let Into UK

Religious oppression rises despite Arab Spring

Egypt's Coptic Christians say they are 'no longer safe'

Christians Sentenced to Prison as ‘Moderate’ Comes to Power in Iran
They had been arrested in February 2012, when police raided their house-church meeting.

Vets in animal welfare call over halal meat

NY Times 'Model Muslim' Endorses Sharia for America
.... Taken aback by the blunt response, the interviewer made sure he understood correctly, asking, “So you would like to see Sharia law in place of the Constitution?”.

Taliban peace talk plans lead Afghan women to fear loss of rights

Christendom's Greatest Cathedral to Become a Mosque
These include the fact that Turkey's Hagia Sophia museum is on its way to becoming a mosque.

Egyptian Muslim Leader to Pope: Declare Islam a Religion of Peace

Free Speech Goes Down in Defeat Down Under
Student newspaper members at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra have recently learned the hard way how various Muslims do not accept criticism and condemnation like adherents of other faiths.

Aberdeen taxis ‘refusing guide dogs’ on board
AN investigation has been launched into claims that taxi drivers in Aberdeen are refusing to allow guide dogs into their cars on “religious” grounds.

Islamic states frown on Islam-opposing paragraphs of UNHCR violence against women resolution
Islamic member states of the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNHCR) rejected on Friday paragraphs violating the Islamic law in the council's resolution on the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

Magistrate questions whether Islamic woman should wear full-face burqa in Brisbane court
A MAGISTRATE has questioned whether a Saudi woman appearing in court should have been allowed to wear "a full burqa'' or face covering, telling her "this is an Australian court".

“If you criticize Islam, you will suffer consequences
When Islam or the Prophet Muhammad are criticized or vilified, the whole Islamic world may get into an uproar. Islamic leaders worldwide are seeking to make any negative comment about their religion criminalized.

Mob Attacks Afghan Doctor and Female Patient
A mob attacked an Afghan medical doctor and his female patient, stoning the doctor after the two were discovered in his private examining room without a chaperon.

Palestinian Islamists are cleansing the Holy Land of Christians
.... five Church Schools ("two Catholic and three Christian") are under threat in Gaza because of the ruling party Hamas’s intention to extend their Muslim Brotherhood-inspired version of Islam. Their edict, which forbids the education of boys and girls together, will mean that the schools must close down because of lack of space and staff.

German author in hiding after receiving Islamist death threats

Egyptian Christian Teacher Convicted of Blasphemy, Receives 14K Fine

Christians face being driven from the Middle East

Egyptian author appeals for protection following Islamist threats
A Germany-based Egyptian author has requested protection from Egyptian authorities after ultra-conservative Islamists in Egypt declared him an "apostate" and launched an online campaign calling for his death.

Afghan parliament upholds right to marry children
Afghanistan’s parliament has rejected a measure that would have barred men from marrying girls younger than 16, saying the proposal ran counter to Islamic ideology.

.... guest speaker at City University Islamic Society event
.... from my angle it does make perfect sense” (on the death penalty for apostasy in the context of an Islamic state).

Muslim hate monitor to lose backing
A controversial project claiming to measure anti-Muslim attacks will not have its government grant renewed after police and civil servants raised concerns about its methods.

‘Sharia’ sets off alarms in Canada. Here are the facts
.... But in Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Malaysia, Afghanistan and other countries, more than two out of three Muslims who say shariah should be the law of the land “favour the death penalty” for those who convert to another religion.

Newcastle to SELL Cisse if his religion forbids him from wearing lender's logo
.... Cisse informed the club several weeks ago that he does not want to wear the Wonga.com branding on Newcastle United’s shirts next season because of his beliefs as a Muslim.

Afghanistan: Women in parliament receive threats - from fellow lawmakers

Iran's barbaric new laws
Iranian lawmakers have legislated stoning as part of the new Islamic penalty law. The decision, taken by the Guardian Council after nine months’ examination of the draft proposal, means that stoning has now moved from Islamic to State law.

Iran bans dog-walking in public and warn animals could be 'arrested' if caught outside

Edinburgh Pupils Denied Mosque Visit Over Parent's Fears Of 'Hate'
Children due to visit a mosque in Edinburgh as part of an educational visit have been pulled out of the trip by parents worried about "hate" being preached inside.

Saudi Women More Educated Than Men Are Wasted Resource
When Saudi recruiter Tariq Alkahily interviews female job applicants, one of the first questions they usually ask is: Will I be required to mix with men at work?

Woolwich and the dark underbelly of British Islam
.... Uncomfortable though it is for some, we need to examine the dark underbelly of what goes on in some of our mosques. True, the vast majority of British Muslims would never associate themselves with Islamism.

A new study shows that many problems stems from Muslims trying to force their beliefs on others at work

Tony Blair: There is a problem within Islam, but not a problem with Islam

Tony Blair Discusses Lee Rigby Murder, Says There Is A Problem Within Islam

Egyptian Christian lawyer convicted of blasphemy
An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian lawyer in the southern province of Assiut on charges of blasphemy and sentenced him to one year in prison with hard labor.

May 2013

University introduces "blasphemy law" for fear of Muslim violence
The Australian National University (ANU) has apparently banned the satirisation of Islam for fear of inciting violence and creating a backlash.

The BBC and its bias towards pro-immigration lobby: Report accuses 'left-wing Corporation of downplaying violence by Islamists'

The East London Mosque Poses As Moderate While Hosting Extremists

Working women should be molested: Saudi writer
.... use of the hashtag harass_female_cashiers, to press for Saudi women to be forced to stay at home to protect their chastity.

Cartoon satirising Islam pulled from student newspaper website

The Problem of Muslim Leadership
A murderer kills a young father while yelling "Allahu akbar" and it's got nothing to do with Islam?

Islamists attack Turkey "kissing protest"
ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS attacked a group of kissing couples who locked lips in a Turkish metro station to protest a morality campaign by the authorities in Ankara.

Swedish Multiculturalism Goes Awry
.... a predictable consequence of Sweden's failed model of multiculturalism, which does not encourage Muslim immigrants to assimilate or integrate into Swedish society.

Dutch anxiety over ‘Sharia triangle’ police no-go area in The Hague

Woolwich slaughter: sorry, MCB, but this *is* a school of Islam
.... The MCB needs to acknowledge that Sunni Islam contains the malignant ideological strand of Salifism. They must own it, condemn it, and seek to reform it.

Outrage After Sharia Court Allows Rapist to Marry His 13-year-old Victim

Blasphemy: ‘Prisoners say I deserve to die’
“Other women prisoners say that I deserve to die because I’m a blasphemer,” a woman, accused of defiling two copies of the Holy Quran.

Ruling party member calls for the ‘annihilation of atheists’ on Twitter, sparking controversy
.... He also argued that “insulting Islam could not be considered freedom of expression”.

Turkish-Armenian scribe sentenced to 13 months for blasphemy in blog post

Twitter Will Damn Your Soul, Warns Saudi Religious Police Boss

Man refuses to stand for magistrate
Mohammad Issai Issaka refused to stand up in court claiming it was against his religion.

Two maids get 10 years, 1,000 lashes for sorcery

Afghan blow to women’s rights
Religious MPs objected to .... maintaining the legal age for women to marry at 16, the existence of shelters for domestic abuse victims and the halving of the number of wives permitted to two.

Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts?
A lot of state legislatures don't think so and there is a movement to ban its application in domestic courts, state and federal.

Bangladesh Bloggers Face Constant Death Threats Since Government Labeled Them 'Atheist'

Blasphemy Charges Becoming New Weapon Against Egyptian Christians

The Oxford sex ring and the preachers who teach young Muslim men that white girls are cheap

Muslims Demand Germany "Make Islam Equal to Christianity"

Muslim Council Worker Sacked for Refusing to Shake Hands with Female Supervisor

Preaching by extremists and discrimination through segregation has become widespread trend at UK universities equality group claims

I do... for now. UK Muslims revive temporary marriages
There is no difference between mut'ah marriage and prostitution. There is a time limit on the marriage, and the mahr given as a gift [from the man to the woman] is the equivalent as a payment to a prostitute.

Extremist Islamist leaders preaching to UK students, says study

Sharia law used in the United Arab Emirates to jail Australian woman after she was gang-raped

Saudi Jails Man For Helping Woman To Convert - 300 Lashes

Egypt: Teacher accused of blasphemy

Muslim teens not exempt from swim lessons
Integration of foreigners is more important than their religious beliefs .... The court denied a 14-year-old girl from a strict Muslim family in Aargau the right to dispensation from school swim class.

Tunisian Muslim cleric: "Our goal is to instate the shari'a, and regain Andalusia and Jerusalem," and conquer Rome

Nepali teacher detained in Qatar on blasphemy charge

If only Hitler had finished them off
.... the Jews have never respected, for a single day, any international agreement or treaty that they signed.

Coptic schoolteacher detained for 'insulting' Islam in Egypt's Luxor

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by call for sharia law
.... Some men are choosing not to marry through the civil law process, because it makes divorce simpler and does not enable a woman rightly to claim her share of the assets at the time of divorce [Yorkshire Post].

The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

Sharia in UK: Women Pressured to Stay in Abusive Marriages

Of the 15 worst violators of religious freedom in the world, 10 are Islamic states

Danish researcher compare religious texts of 10 biggest religions and concludes: Islam is the most violent religion

62% of Turkish Men Support Wife Beating

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Muslims back Islamic law, disagree on meaning
.... the more experience Muslims had with living with "a narrow, rigid form of sharia," the less supportive they were of it, Jamal said. "In counties that have less experience you find widespread support," she said.

Saudi school to punish female student hugs with therapy, religious education
.... document allegedly issued by an all female university warning them to not “hug” each other or they would face being transferred to a mental examination by the school.

April 2013

Eye Gouging and Paralyzing: Saudi Arabia's Tribal Justice

Stoning Returns as Punishment

Libyan Religious Leader Calls For Gender Segregation

Fear and fundamentalism as the 'modesty police' patrol Gaza

Morocco’s Islamist prime minister warns criticism of Prophet Muhammad ‘not acceptable’

Sharia in action in Iran: 850,000 female children are married

52% Of Canadians Distrust Muslims, According To Latest Poll

Tunisia: upholding of blogger's seven-year jail sentence for 'insulting Islam' condemned

Violence in Islam: The heart of the matter

Secrets of Britain's Sharia Councils
.... women reveal they have suffered domestic violence ignored by these councils as campaigners say it is time to tackle the parallel legal system which can run counter to British law.

Saudi Arabia Reaffirms Ban on the Building of Non-Muslim Places of Worship

Hamid Karzai orders ban on 'un-Islamic' shows on Afghan TV

Islamophobia is a government priority. What about Islamism?
.... Muslims from Birmingham are being sentenced for attempting to detonate a set of rucksack bombs and carry out ‘Mumbai-style’ attacks in the UK.

Eighty Lashes for Drinking? Egyptian Court Ruling Puts Sharia in the Spotlight

Toronto court rules woman must remove niqab to testify

Is Jemima Khan using relativism to defend polygamy?

Britain's Sharia Courts: "You Cannot Go Against What Islam Says"

Greece pulls nude Olympic statutes after Qatar wanted to cover ‘members’ with black cloth

Leaving Islam is not a crime
Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas (the highest government religious institution headed by the King) has issued a fatwa decreeing the death penalty for Moroccans who leave Islam.

Beware of LGBT and freedom of religion movements, Muhyiddin tells Muslims
.... “There are parties who are becoming more strident in demanding freedom of religion without limits, including the right for Muslims to become apostates,” he said.

Islam Is More Dangerous Than Other Religions, Radicals Aren’t Just Fringe Element

The violent Quran
The Quran does not have a single verse encouraging love towards those outside of Islam. But there are 493 passages that either endorse violence or talk about the hatred of Allah for the infidels, meaning all non-Muslims.

Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas’s Death Sentence Fatwa on Apostates Sparks Controversy

Women to blame for earthquakes, says Iran cleric

Egyptian bride ordered to pay £5,000 compensation to groom because she had secret surgery to restore her virginity

Tunisian Salafists Storm Female Student Hostel to Stop Dancing

Inquiry launched after Islamic group holds segregated lecture (University of Leicester)

Veil fury as students forced to show faces
.... were shocked when they were confronted by male proctors demanding they remove their face veils for identification before being allowed to enter the examination room.

After cathedral clash, Copts doubt their future in Egypt

Cleric defends medieval punishments and decrees opposing Khamenei is 'evil'

Bradford Council for Mosques in talks over Shariah court
Muslim leaders in Bradford want to set up a “robust and transparent” Islamic court in the city to set a good example for other towns and cities in the UK to follow.

Sharia courts putting women at risk
The courts, which issue rulings according to Islamic law, have been found to be giving Muslim women advice which experts warned may place them in danger.

Inside Britain's Sharia courts
Ayesha .... told me her husband .... had been imprisoned for his violent behaviour. She and her children had injunctions against him, and yet when she went to Dewsbury Sharia Council for a divorce, they still wanted the couple to meet for mediation.

Toronto dad upset he's not allowed to watch daughter's swim class
“I spoke to a staff member and she told me that it’s because of Muslim women, that we’re not allowed to look at them or whatever,” Chris, 38, told the Toronto Sun Friday. “I don’t think religion has a role to play in a public pool”.

Pigs can't fly - Qantas bans pork on in-flight menu to respect Islam
QANTAS has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Middle Eastern airline Emirates.

Paralysis or blood money? Skewed justice in Saudi Arabia

Muslim dad’s court threat over Keighley nursery meal
A Muslim father is threatening to take his child’s nursery to court after he claims it allowed the three-year-old to eat ham and other non-halal meat.

UK students given booklets claiming, "every Muslim should be a terrorist" authored by banned Islamic hate-preacher

Halal meat served in three-quarters of council-supported schools in Waltham Forest

Pakistan Anti-Christian Violence Injures 18

Bangladesh arrests three atheist bloggers

MP demands action over shocking contents of Islamic letter on Halifax schooling
A “COMPLETELY inappropriate” letter warning parents that a meeting was “more serious than death” has been sent out by an Islamic group.

March 2013

Saudi Arabia 'may end' Twitter user anonymity

Amputation for theft added to draft penal code
The draft penal code bill has been amended to include punishments as prescribed in the Quran, such as amputation for theft.

How Egypt's radical rulers crush the lives and hopes of women

British teacher faces a year in jail for having lunch with married man in Abu Dhabi

Muslim headwear stirs complaint at Northwest Indiana charter school

'Arrest the atheists who insulted Islam!' Tens of thousands of Muslim activists hold prayers on streets of Bangladesh capital to call for new blasphemy laws against bloggers

Two-thirds of humanity suffers from ‘Islamophobia disease’: Turkey’s religious head
"Islamophobia has become an illness in the hearts of two-thirds of humanity. We are facing different kinds of challenges against Islam,” Görmez said in a meeting with religious officials in the western province of Izmir.

Saudi Arabia ‘threatens to ban’ Skype, WhatsApp, other instant messaging apps

Pakistan ‘Blasphemy’ Girl Facing Prison; Mother Death Sentence

Topless Tunisian protestor deserves a stoning, says Islamist chief
.... head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Tunisia, called for the unnamed girl to be whip-lashed one hundred times in punishment. Then, fearing that he might be going easy on the nude feminist ..... decided on stoning instead.

The Muslim Brotherhood has shown its contempt for Egypt's women
Last week, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a strongly-worded statement unabashedly rejecting the draft UN declaration calling for an end to all forms of violence against women.

Egypt's Islamists warn giving women some rights could destroy society

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says UN document on violence against women violates Islamic rules

UCL adopts sharia law for public debate, separating women from men

Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns scores of Christian homes in Lahore

Belgian Man Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail for Tearing Koran

Lifting the veil on London's stylish hijab wearers
.... I have to say, that for people who are trying to not show physical beauty, they're all very tarted up.

Burkinis to help Muslim Swedes take the plunge
The small Swedish town of Emmaboda has vetoed a petition to introduce women-only hours at the municipal swimming pool, and instead wants to start selling burkinis to its observant Muslim female bathers.

Egyptian Muslim Scholar Says Christian Copts Will Pay Jizya

Gaza marathon: UN cancels race over Hamas ban on women

Australia: No room for Sharia law in multicultural society
ISLAMIC law and polygamous marriages will be denounced as forever unacceptable in Australia in a bipartisan parliamentary report that will define what multiculturalism means for our nation, and state there must be only "one law for all".

February 2013

Staff to target Islamic College of South Australia on scarfs
THOUSANDS of school workers are being urged to protest directly to an Islamic school that threatened to sack non-Muslim female staff if they did not wear a headscarf.

Sudan man's foot, hand 'amputated' by court order

Reading University cancels “kill gays” Islamist preacher

Christians grow anxious in "100 percent" Islamic Sudan

Council of mosques calls for boycott of school meals
The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) has called for a blanket boycott of all school meals provided by Lancashire County Council.

Maldives girl to get 100 lashes for pre-marital sex
A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said.

Nearly half Saudi women are beaten at home
.... or other family members at home and many of them are hit by sticks and head cover, according to a university study published in local newspapers on Tuesday.

How did modern Islam become so intolerant?

‘Prostitutes’: Saudi cleric insults recently-appointed female Shura members
A controversial Saudi cleric used Twitter to publicly insult the recently-appointed female members of the Shura Council.

Imprisoned American says Iranian captors 'waiting for me to deny Christ'

Horror expressed over multi-faith school’s failure to ‘ensure the integrity’ of halal-only food
YES, you read that right. ALL pupils attending Moseley School in Wake Green Road have to be fed only food acceptable to Muslims.

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech
Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the "denigration of religions" recognized as a criminal offence, according to a top official.

Orthodox patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

Dinner lady sacked for serving Muslim children with non-halal meat at multi-faith school
A dinner lady has been sacked for accidentally serving non-halal meat to Muslim students at a multi-faith school.

Islam is an ideology because it aims for an Islamic state and wants to impose Islamic Sharia law on all of us

When An Arab Denounces The Arabs For Their Backwardness, Etc. What Is It He Can't Say?
.... Look behind their denunciation of "the Arabs" to what they are really semaphoring: a denunciation of Islam

Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a 'marital right'

"Homosexuals would be executed" says Islamist speaker at campus event

OIC gears up to get denigration of religions criminalized
Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the denigration of religions recognized as a criminal offense, according to a top official.Death threats to UK's top Muslim MP who voted for gay marriage

Iran confiscates Buddha statues to stop promotion of Buddhism
An Iranian newspaper is reporting that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country.

Libya arrests 4 foreigners suspected of trying to spread Christianity in Muslim nation

Three churches attacked with petrol bombs in Indonesia

Islamists denounce Valentine’s Day as an excuse for forbidden sex, ban gift-buying in Indonesia

Muslim man who claimed religion allowed him to hit wife
Shamshu Miah, 58, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, struck his wife three times after she did not get him a cigarette.

Non-Muslim staff told to wear headscarves in Adelaide
An Islamic College in Adelaide has threatened to dismiss its non-Muslim female staff if they don't wear headscarves, as critics say it's wrong to compel women to identify with a religion they don't practice.

Gore, Current silent as cleric affirms death penalty for leaving Islam on Al-Jazeera
Aides to former Democratic Vice President Al Gore have failed to respond to a recent Al-Jazeera TV broadcast, in which a top imam affirmed the death penalty for anyone who quits Islam.

Sharia Law: Extremism the Government Ignores

Islamist Censorship Charges On - Now sharia advocates are trying to stop the use of the word “Islamist”

"Women cause rape upon themselves" says Egyptian Human Rights Committee

Preachers of hate on British TV: what they said that broke the broadcasting rules
.... What Ofcom ruled: “In Ofcom’s view it is potentially offensive for any service to broadcast comments suggesting that it is acceptable to apply a 'penalty’ and kill any individual for renouncing their faith.

Egypt court suspends YouTube over anti-Islam film

Secular Tunisians fight back after murder of opposition leader

Sharia Law Swallowing Indonesia
.... Indonesian Aceh province authorities recently launched an initiative, despite opposition from human rights activists, to ban women from straddling motorcycles when riding behind a man.

Is violence a sign of Islam's strength or its weakness?
.... the apostasy law reinforces Islam’s truthfulness and perfection, and respect for ‘freedom of worship’ demands that non-Muslims must grant Islam the right to use violence against apostates.

A day after fatwa, Kashmir's all-girl band calls it quits
Kashmir lost its only all-girls rock band on Monday as its three teenage members decided to call it quits, a day after the Grand Mufti issued a fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic and asked them to abandon it.

Two Children to be Tried for Insulting Islam in Egypt as Anti-Christian Hostility Escalates

New Hijab Controversies Looming in Europe

January 2013

“Deep Down, Muslims Feel That They Have Failed”
In the following interview from Der Spiegel, a Pakistani nuclear physicist gives a lucid account of the state of Islam in the 21st century.

Qaradawi: “If They [Muslims] Had Gotten Rid of the Apostasy Punishment Islam Wouldn’t Exist Today”
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Spiritual Guide to the Muslim Brotherhood and popular Al-Jazeera television personality has once again aired his Sharia-compliant views on apostasy.

Muslim patrols could become more prevalent and more violent, warns anti-extremist
His comments follow incidents in which groups of Muslim vigilantes, dubbing themselves 'Muslim Patrols' have approached Londoners and demanded they behave in an Islamic way by not drinking.

Mufti's threats over civil marriage in Lebanon
In an extraordinary fatwa yesterday, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon threatened to excommunicate any member of parliament or government minister who supports the legalisation of civil marriage.

'I feel like a stranger where I live’
"When you go swimming, it’s much healthier to keep your whole body completely covered, you know.” The Muslim lady behind the counter in my local pharmacy has recently started giving me advice like this.

Saudi vice police order shops who employ men and women to put up segregation walls to keep them apart

‘Admitting you are a secularist can get you killed in Pakistan’

Iran unveils new finger-amputating machine ahead of announcement of increasingly severe punishment of thieves

Iran sentences American pastor Saeed Abedini to 8 years in prison
.... the prosecutor outlined charges that Abedini undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and that he was attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.

Radical Muslims try to get their message across
Coming after attacks on women wearing “revealing” clothing and homophobic violence, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that a small minority of young Muslims don’t want any part of the tolerant, liberal society into which they were born.

Fewer than one in four people believe Islam is compatible with British way of life

East London Mosque condemns homophobia, yet advertised four anti-gay speakers last month alone

Islam: 74% of French say it's an 'intolerant' religion

Lego Accused Of Racism Amid Claims Jabba's Palace Resembles Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Mosque
A Turkish community in Austria has accused Lego of racism amid claims a model from its Star Wars range resembles a renowned mosque.

Man gets 5 years for insulting Islam on Facebook

Saudi police stop woman from driving car even though she'd taken over from her husband who had fallen ill

Homophobic 'vigilante' video appears online
A video has appeared online showing men shouting homophobic abuse at another man in east London, telling him to "get out of here" as "it is a Muslim area".

New report: Iranian Christians denied basic rights

Iran Resorts to Hangings in Public to Cut Crime

Police investigation launched after footage of ‘Muslim patrols’ in Tower Hamlets emerges online

Raised on Hatred
.... All over the Middle East, hatred for Jews and Zionists can be found in textbooks for children as young as three, complete with illustrations of Jews with monster-like qualities.

Where are the Healthy Gender Relations in the Muslim Community?

Election is banned in Islam: Saudi scholar
A well-known Saudi Islamic scholar has issued a new fatwa (edict) saying holding elections for a president or another form of leadership is prohibited in Islam.

Family Jailed In Egypt For Becoming Christian

Iranian single women might need father's permission to go abroad

Saudi clerics protest against appointing women to advisory body

Hate Crime Stats Deflate 'Islamophobia' Myth

Turkey's science state council halts publication of evolution books
The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) has put a stop to the publication and sale of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution, daily Radikal has reported.

The Muslim theory of evolution
Belief in evolution remains a minority position in virtually all Muslim societies around the world today.

Wife-beating: "My husband said it's okay, he told me the Koran says it's okay"

Extremists attend more than 200 university events
These statistics demonstrate that the presence of extremist preachers on campus is not a figment of people's imaginations, but a serious issue that universities cannot afford to be complacent about.

"Democracy is Forbidden in Islam"
.... they believe that democracy is in contradiction with Islam's concept of the sovereignty of Allah's law. They argue that Islam and democracy cannot go together, and they are obviously right, especially if one considers the experiences of people living under Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Plan for Muslim housing enclave in Sydney suburbs
AN interest-free housing project aimed at the Muslim community and boasting 100 per cent halal housing has sparked a major row, with critics labelling it a discriminatory plan that could lead to a Muslim enclave.

Domestic violence campaign targets Scottish Muslims
A new campaign asking Muslim men and women to speak out against domestic violence is being launched in Scotland.

How Muslims Created Islamophobia

Mother jailed for beating son to death for failing to memorise Qur'an

Democracy, Elections are Forbidden in Islam: Salafist Leader
The Jordanian leader of the hardliner Salafi Jihadi current said that democracy in its concept as "ruling of the people by the people" is in contradiction with Islam's concept of the sovereignty of God's law.

In 2012, sharia enforcement continued to spread around the world
.... part of a longer term pattern of increasing Islamisation that has been happening since the late 1970s and which has continued in 2012.

Media urged to drop use of term "Islamist"

Misleading, deceptive #MyJihad ads hit San Francisco
.... the principal meaning of jihad throughout Islamic history and in Islamic law is armed struggle against unbelievers to subjugate them as inferiors under the rule of Sharia. The four schools of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence are clear about jihad.

In the Middle East, the Arab spring has given way to a Christian winter

French magazine sparks another controversy over Mohammed cartoons

What do we mean by Islamism?
.... .... I once heard a leader of the Muslim Council of Britain declare that he could not condemn or call for the outright abolition of lapidation – the stoning to death of women who sleep with a man not their husband – because to do so would be to go against the teaching of the Qur’an.

Is Islam compatible with democracy?
It appears civil law is not sufficient for this Islamist who prefers Islamic punishment, thus reflecting a mentality whose logical conclusion is cutting hands for stealing and stoning for adultery.

December 2012

Extremism unchecked in schools, secret briefing reveals
.... behind closed doors there are concerns about 118 “socially conservative” independent faith schools - the vast majority of them Muslim - where pupils may be encouraged to cut themselves off from mainstream society.

Women shy about lifting the niqab
.... When you wear it [niqab] for a long time it becomes a part of you.

In the name of morals and Sharia, media freedoms may contract

Muslim mob attacked Christian worshipers on Christmas Day in Islamabad

Harsh Sharia punishments meted in Mali
Authorities in northern Mali are ordering severe punishments, including cutting off limbs and public whippings, under Sharia law, human rights activists say.

Egyptian Cleric Threatens Egypt's Copts with Genocide

Iran bans flights during Islamic call to prayer

Stop demanding religious equality, says ex-Fatwa Council chief
Non-Muslims should drop their demand to use “Allah” for their gods as the Arabic word is fundamental to Islamic belief and therefore exclusive to Muslims.

Youcef Nadarkhani re-arrested on Christmas Day
.... the Pastor was re-arrested on Christmas Day and returned to Lakan Prison in Rasht, where he spent almost three years on death row.

Saudi detains dozens for "plotting to celebrate Christmas"

Saudi writer Turki al-Hamad arrested over tweets

Is Evolution Less Problematic For Muslims Than For Christians?
.... look at us today. How far Muslims have fallen! How sad! Today, the overwhelming majority of Muslim nations are not trailblazers in the sciences, but simply dumb consumers.

Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

No merriness here: mosque puts fatwa on Christmas
The religious ruling, which followed a similar lecture during Friday prayers at Australia's biggest mosque, was posted on its Facebook site on Saturday morning.

Pakistan mob burns man accused of desecrating Koran

Saudi Arabia: Website Editor Facing Death Penalty

Mob justice: Alleged blasphemer lynched in front of police

Muslim family taking Thornton Heath Greek Orthodox school to High Court over hijab ban

Avoid wishing ‘Merry Xmas,’ insist Indonesian conservative Muslims

Putin Opposes Headscarves in Russian Schools

Theocracy in the UK…
.... It is simply true that Islam has remained far more open to totalistic interpretations than other faiths, and I do not think Muslims would dispute this.

Top court rules judges may order witnesses to remove niqab

France: Santa's School Visit Cancelled Because of Boycott Threats From Muslim Families

Noor TV up for Ofcom sanctions after presenter preaches that those showing disrespect to Mohammed should be killed

Philly security firm sued over Muslim head scarf

Turkey to Make Islam Part of University Entry Exams
.... The head of the Turkish body which oversees placement tests and university admissions has announced that it will soon include religious questions in its placement tests.

Egypt: "The judges have a burning desire to instate shari’a laws regarding Islamic hudud punishments" -- stonings, amputations, lashings

Debate on Islam and evolution postponed after revolt by student societies
Organisers behind a British conference on Islam and evolution say they nearly had to cancel the event after receiving a torrent of opposition from Muslim students.

Turkish broadcaster fined for insulting Prophet Muhammad

Netherlands 'halal homes' ignite religious row
.... Some right-wing politicians have been stirring up public opposition, warning that anyone asking for such modifications should "leave for Mecca".

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Rema Begum became distressed after her lifestyle was exposed to her Muslim parents
A former British Library manager who jumped to her death from a rooftop City restaurant was the victim of a Facebook stalker who exposed her westernised lifestyle to her strict Muslim parents, an inquest heard today.

The seven countries where the state can execute you for being atheist
.... All seven establish Islam as the state religion.

Raped but drunk in the UAE means women fined

Blasphemy case creates turmoil in "moderate" Algeria - Ruling on jail term for Christian delayed again
.... Krimo was sentenced in 2011 to five years in jail and fined about $2,500 after being accused by a Muslim shopkeeper of handing a Christian CD to a man on the street.

French Muslim groups sue magazine over cartoons
Two Muslim groups are suing the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after it published inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Schools trash chocolate mousse tainted with pork

The Islamization of universities in Iran is causing the fast erosion of freedom of education

No Muslim woman as receptionist, says fatwa

Mother Sara Ege Guilty Of Murder Of Son Yaseen, 7, Beaten To Death For Not Learning Koran

Rejected: the mosque plan that grew so big it attracted the wrong sort of crowd

Turkey fines Simpsons for blasphemy

Row over halal meat in Lancashire schools
The county council has approved the serving of halal meat from animals which have been stunned before they're killed. But the Lancashire council of mosques says the stunning process means the meat is not suitable for Muslim children.

In northern Mali, music silenced as Islamists drive out artists

November 2012

Anti-Shiite violence rises in Pakistan as Islam’s sectarian divide moves beyond the Middle East

Muslims Pressing for Blasphemy Laws in Europe

Saudi cleric under fire for labelling waitresses as ‘prostitutes’

Muslims who said Muslims free to choose religion must repent – Chief Imam

France and the veil – the dark side of the law
[A COMMENT] I totally disagree with much of this article, as a Muslim woman raised in a European country but by liberal parents. The enemy of Muslim women is fundamentalist Islam, pure and simple.

Saudi King Opens Religious Tolerance Center in Europe to 'Spread the Message of Islam'

"Obey The Prophet, Even If He Tells You To Kill"
Qaradawi made this declaration, missed in the West, two years ago on his popular Arabic program.

'Radical' Muslim Cleric Abu Usamah's Brunel University Speech Prompts Student Protest
.... The cleric was apparently filmed saying: "Whoever changes his religion from al-Islam to anything else kill him in the Islamic state.

Extremists threaten mutilation and death for seized ‘homosexuals’

How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide
We were shocked by how divisive and underhanded some Muslim clerics were.

Muslims threaten churches in W. Sumatra

Nigeria: Four Killed in Kano 'Blasphemy' Riot

Muslim radio station fined for saying gay people should be tortured
Ofcom upheld two complaints from listeners about Leeds based Radio Asian Fever after presenter Rubina Nasir hit out at homosexuality and mixed faith marriages.

Iraq’s unveiled women face rising crackdown
Iraqi women who do not wear the Islamic headscarf, commonly known as the hijab, are increasingly coming under crackdown as conservative Islam gradually permeates the Iraqi political scene.

Electronic tracking: new constraint for Saudi women

Pair jailed for alleged Dubai taxi romp

Converting Denmark into a Muslim Country

Calling for Killing on Peace TV...

Wacky Saudi preacher sparks Swiss dispute
.... The sheikh is alleged by critics to have made anti-Semitic remarks, insulted homosexuals and the Danish people and offered advice on wife-beating.

Opposing Sharia Law Is a Defence of the Rights of Muslims
.... The first point to make is that sharia law .... does not tolerate dissent or difference or individual rights.

Muslim leaders must re-brand religion for 21st Century Britain
.... Far from merging with local communities, many seem to have decided as an act of defiance to live and dress as if still in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia or the Middle East.

Muslim N.J. judge accused of imposing Sharia law on Family Court

Iran Deputies To Mull Draft Law Restricting Women's Right To Travel

Islamic Sharia Law Comes to Great Britain

Blasphemy charges: Man gets death sentence in Chitral

Customer sues Muslim barber for refusing to cut her hair

Montgomery County declines to close schools on Islamic holidays

Radical Clerics Seek to Legalise Child Brides
.... He went on to protest proposed laws protecting women from violence, warning that if allowed to pass husbands could be prosecuted for beating their child brides or forcing themselves upon them.

Germany: Muslims Impose Pork Bans in State Nurseries and in Rental Contracts

‘Canada will burn praise Allah’: Vandals deface Toronto war memorial on Remembrance Day

‘Destroy the idols,’ Egyptian jihadist calls for removal of Sphinx, Pyramids

40 Islamists file lawsuit accusing ElBaradei of 'insulting sharia'

French nationalists protest in Paris against radical Islam, allege Muslims won't integrate

"Belgium Will Become an Islamic State"

Blasphemy laws are darkening Pakistan's skies
.... The shooting children in the head, killing them with acid, arresting disabled children and arson is an exclusively Islamic response.

Toronto Islamic school will not face charges over anti-Jewish curriculum: police

No exceptions: one law for all
The idea of it being ‘voluntary’ is laughable as many women are not aware of their rights and feel pressurised to go to the sharia council.

The Muslim Brotherhood are turning into Leninists in Islamist dress

Singapore’s Muslim marriage courses under fire
... attendees allege that male students are encouraged to beat wives who refuse to submit to sex, while female students are taught that if they refuse sex with their husbands angels of Allah would curse them.

Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack