Kristin Bohner is Christian and admits certain envy every time she sees Muslims prostrate themselves on a rug to pray, without using a bank. Cagatay Caliskan is Muslim and admires the wealth of traditions Jews have. Esther Hirsch is Jewish and recognizes that she did not know all the things that Jews and Muslims had in common. All three of them live in Berlin. They are part of a team that is working to build the first great sacred place that will host three religions and all the others which want to take part, welcoming atheists or agnostics as well. The doors of ‘House of One‘ will be wide open to everyone.>>
Islamophobia is the new normal, also among politicians of any ideology, co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report, Enes Bayrakli, says. He warns this -which he considers “anti-Muslim racism” threatens the very foundations of democracy in Europe, with possible new terror attacks but also from within the institutions.
Following a vote in the European People’s Party (EPP) assembly this Wednesday, the membership of Hungarian party Fidesz has been suspended “with immediate effect” and “until further notice”. Fidesz has signed a “joint proposal” together with the EPP presidency with the conditions to get back to the European conservative family.
“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of muslimness or perceived muslimness.” This definition is the result of half a year of investigation and consultation directed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims.
Ilhan Omar y Rashida Tlaib have made history in these Midterm elections in the United States by becoming the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress. The first one arrived as a Somali refugee at the age of 8 after fleeing the civil war in her native country; the second, was born in Detroit as the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.
Lebanon has 18 different religions officially recognized, half of the population are Muslims and about another 40% is built by Christian communities.
European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans has asked representatives of the different European religions to actively take part in the political process ahead of European elections next year.
Police are looking into it as a hate crime due to reports of Islamophobic insults. Investigators do not treat it as terrorism because the alleged perpetrators were four occupants of the car who had been apparently whiling away at the spot before being asked to leave.
Stefan Lindquist has been working most of his life with asylum seekers and says he has met “thousands of Muslims”. His experience tells him it is the Sweden Democrats who are scary, not the Muslims citizens the far-right party wants to expel.
Fellow of the Religious Freedom Center and Law Professor, Robert Destro, made this statement on Thursday at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) taking place in the Spanish city of Seville.