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February 2019

Country: 
France
News Date: 
28/02/2019
Summary: 

French politicians, including one from President Emmanuel Macron’s party, had called for a boycott of Decathlon products if they marketed the lightweight sports headscarves in France, designed particularly for jogging. Agnès Buzyn, the health minister, said the sports hijab embodied “a vision of women that I do not share… Everything that leads to differentiation bothers me. I would have preferred a French brand not to promote the headscarf.”

Country: 
France
News Date: 
21/02/2019
Summary: 

 

France is to recognise anti-Zionism, the denial of the state of Israel, as a form of anti-Semitism in response to a surge in acts against Jews not seen “since the Second World War”.

Summary: 

Only a fool would cheer the banning of Tommy Robinson by Facebook and Instagram. It doesn’t matter if you like or loathe him. It doesn’t matter if you think he’s a searing critic of the divisive logic in the politics of diversity or Luton’s very own Oswald Mosley in Jack Wills clobber. The point is that his expulsion from social media confirms that corporate censorship is out of control. It speaks to a new kind of tyranny: the tyranny of unaccountable capitalist oligarchs in Silicon Valley getting to decide who is allowed to speak in the new public square that is the internet.

Summary: 

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.

Before and after the rape, the man prostrated himself in prayer. “He told me,” said the girl, “that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God.”

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A scripture-based religion is not simply what its adherents (and others) would like it to be; it has a discernible content. While Christianity and Judaism allow for the development of doctrine, there is no similar provision in Islam. The vast majority of Muslims believe that scripture must be interpreted in the literal sense, and, if one does that, one cannot easily dismiss the Islamic State’s teachings about sex slavery.

For a long time, many Western citizens have deceived themselves about Islam. They were sure that jihad was primarily an “interior struggle” rather than a religious war. They denied that Islamic law prescribed the death penalty for apostasy. Contrary to all the evidence, they persisted in believing that there is no compulsion in the Islamic religion. Now, by refusing to believe that there is a theological justification for sex slavery, they are in denial again. One wonders how much more evidence they will require.

Country: 
Syrian Arab Republic
News Date: 
23/02/2019
Summary: 
  • Jihadis decapitated dozens of Yazidi women and dumped the heads in dustbins 
  • British Special Forces made the grim discovery in Baghuz, eastern Syria
  • IS once controlled a swathe of territory more than a quarter the size of England
  • But by last night just 200 militants were confined to one-fifth of a square mile 
Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
21/02/2019
Summary: 

The security orders used to keep the public safe from former jihadists are so expensive that experts fear most of those returning from Syria are being allowed to roam free. The Home Office has spent nearly £5 million keeping 23 suspects under restrictions, The Times can disclose. Annual legal bills have been as high as £1 million while accommodation has cost as much as £70,000 a year per person. That figure excludes the cost of tagging and police work.

Country: 
Kuwait
News Date: 
09/01/2019
Summary: 

In his weekly fatwa session, which he uploads to his YouTube channel, a Kuwaiti cleric said that apostates must be killed.  In a video uploaded on January 9, 2019, Sheikh Al-Khamis said that apostasy is tantamount to scorning Islam. In an October 14, 2015 video, Sheikh Al-Khamis said that only infidels may be enslaved, adding that people who do not worship Allah must convert to Islam, pay the jizya poll tax, be forced into slavery, or be fought against and killed.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
16/02/2019
Summary: 

Thirty years ago this week, Ayatollah Khomeini put a fatwa on the head of Salman Rushdie.. At least 22 people were killed; Rushdie went into hiding. Britain suddenly had to confront some unsettling truths.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
14/02/2019
Summary: 

“It all started with the publication of the Satanic Verses and how people pushed me away. That’s why I always say I am one of Rushdie’s children. I was radicalised by white liberals.” So what is the point that the BBC is trying to make? This: if we would all just submit to Sharia blasphemy laws, and stop criticizing Islam, then Muslims will be warm and cuddly and not wage jihad against us. And of course the BBC is right. The jihadis won’t need to fight us if we have already surrendered.

Summary: 
  • Courts and government bodies still find it hard to make useful distinctions between gratuitous, racist, or violent speech about Islam and Muslims on the one hand, and reasoned argument that questions aspects of Islam, or even the religion overall, from the point of view of human rights, on the other.

  • The situation in Europe is even more ambiguous. Most European states have laws that purportedly support free speech, yet accusations of hate speech and Islamophobia often lead to trials and sentencing can lead to imprisonment. This skewing of facts is one crucial reason why free speech needs to be defended.

  • It is more than ever necessary to educate the public and many of its leaders about both the benign and troubling facts of Islamic history, doctrine, and culture. Those leaders who must require a more solid grounding include the ones who deny that terrorism has genuine links to issues such as jihad warfare -- and who are constantly told that "real" Islam is above rebuke.
    We must indeed paint a positive picture of what so many Muslims contribute to their host societies. We should, for example, celebrate the way in which Muslim-Americans in Philadelphia launched an appeal that raised over $100,000 to help repair two Jewish cemeteries that had been vandalized. Or the Muslim veteran in Arkansas who volunteered to stand guard with others at any Jewish site that was threatened with attack.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
14/02/2019
Summary: 

A madrassa that gave a lesson suggesting Muslim girls should have children rather than careers has been ousted from a secondary school amid safeguarding concerns.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
08/02/2019
Summary: 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) have  for an end to the exception granted to certain religious groups that allows animals to be killed without pre-slaughter. Humanists UK, which campaigns for an end to non-stunned slaughter in the UK due to its inhumane nature and the unnecessary suffering it causes t

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
09/02/2019
Summary: 

The Oxford college which cut octopus from its menu in the name of inclusivity has now voted to ban Halal and Kosher meat, citing animal welfare concerns. 

Summary: 

Of all the ideologies the left has aligned itself with through minority representation, I find the strangest of all to be Islam. The left’s alliance with Islam is unique, not only because Islam is at odds with Enlightenment values, as most collectivist systems are, but mainly because Islam is at odds with rights the left pride themselves in protecting.

Ex-Muslims, LGBT Muslims, and independent, dissenting Muslim women have always had to fear for their lives, and they continue to do so today in Muslim-majority countries. It is extremely strange that the same left that used to defend human rights worldwide somehow decided to align itself with Islam, only to help further endanger the lives of dissenting individuals within the Muslim community, not only in Muslim-majority countries, but even here in the West.

Country: 
Saudi Arabia
News Date: 
08/02/2019
Summary: 

A SIX-year-old boy was beheaded with a piece of broken glass in front of his screaming mum, a campaign group has claimed. Shia Rights Watch says that “in an unprecedented incident” the child was brutally killed in Saudi Arabia after he was confirmed to be a Shia Muslim.

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
08/02/2019
Summary: 

“Because of the blasphemy laws, thousands of people have been saved. If the law weren’t there, I tell you, it’s possible that I speak blasphemy you’ll kill me, or if you do it I’ll kill you.”

The concept of the freedom of speech, or tolerating peacefully people with differing views and values, doesn’t even come close to entering this line of thought. Islam’s supremacy is taken for granted. This is the direction in which the West is headed.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
07/02/2019
Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
29/01/2019
Summary: 

 has agreed on a list of examples that should be deemed 'Islamophobic'. The council passed a motion last night to adopt the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) definition of Islamophobia.

Country: 
France
News Date: 
06/02/2019
Summary: 

Fearing potential terrorist attacks, the south-eastern city of Grenoble will temporarily close a mosque in which imams were allegedly calling for “armed jihad.” Over 400 worshippers attended the mosque each day.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
05/02/2019
Summary: 

Babies and toddlers are falling victim to female genital mutilation as perpetrators cut them while they are too young to remember it, a barrister has warned. When FGM is performed on an infant, it is harder to detect because they cannot report the abuse themselves and are not old enough to be at school, where the signs may be spotted by teachers or other professionals, according to Charlotte Proudman, a lawyer who specialises in the area.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
31/01/2019
Summary: 

QUESTIONS are being asked about what happened to over £2,000 of taxpayers' money given to a Muslim charity in Worcester. Worcester's deputy mayor, gave the Jalalabad Association £1,100 for an 'educational day trip' and another £1,200 for computer equipment, in 2012. But now Worshippers at the Jalalabad Association mosque, in Vincent Road, Worcester, have cast doubt over whether the money was spent as intended

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
25/04/2016
Summary: 

The level of violence against women is frighteningly high in Pakistan. Women are killed, maimed, brutally tortured, raped and persecuted to perpetuate patriarchal societal norms, and now in these precarious times, to vindicate ideology of religious fanatics. When violence against women is justified in the name of socially approved traditions, religious laws, it unwittingly serve to legitimise those societal values, structures and institutions that are the source of violence against women.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
01/02/2019
Summary: 

A woman who mutilated her three-year-old daughter has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM). The 37-year-old mother from east London wept in the dock as she was convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Country: 
Finland
News Date: 
30/01/2019
Summary: 
  • Much of the coverage of the same problem in Great Britain said that Jay had accused the Rotherham council and police of failing to tackle sexual exploitation because of misplaced "political correctness." Yet Jay says those are not the words she would use: "I have an aversion to phrases like that," she said. Instead, she believes the Labour-dominated council turned a blind eye to the problem because of "their desire to accommodate a community that would be expected to vote Labour, to not rock the boat, to keep a lid on it, to hope it would go away."