Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 09:55:17 AM EST
Should the PES manifesto mention Muslims?
Not long ago 400 Muslim groups met in Brussels to sign a charter for the Muslims of Europe. The charter is aimed to be a code of conduct, describing the rights and responsibilities of European Muslims. According to Euronews `The European Islamic Charter' stresses moderation, equality between men and women and rejects violence and terrorism.
Now Muslim organizations have given their suggestion to what it means to be a modern European Muslim. It makes me wonder: is it also up to European parties - like the PES - to have a stance on Muslims in Europe? Or is this something which is for religious organizations to discuss?
Islamophobia - fear or dislike of Muslims and their religion - is on the rise in Europe. In this respect the European blogosphere is a good example: new so-called `Islam-critic' blogs (many of them I would rather label xenophobic!) pop up every day. I've come across many bloggers whose mission seems to be the search for juicy fundamentalist quotes - the more ferocious the better. One thing is to gabble online. Another is when Islamophobes start to gather in the street, like it was the case in Brussels last year.
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