Norway notices. “Islam a political target in Norway,” by Thomas Buch-Andersen for BBC News, April 20 (thanks to Michael):
With less than six months to go until Norway’s general election, increasing tensions over immigration and Islam appear likely to play a significant role in the vote.
The leader of the country’s main opposition party has warned that it is facing “sneak-Islamisation”, while some prominent Muslims say they face growing “persecution”.
Endlessly claiming victimhood status. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if, just once, Muslims in a Western country actually addressed the concerns that non-Muslims have about jihad, Sharia, and Islamic supremacism, instead of whining that they’re being persecuted whenever such things are brought up?
The heated debate is a sign that Norway, renowned as one of the most peaceful and tolerant nations in the world, is facing the same issues with its Muslim minority as are now familiar in other parts of Europe.
Siv Jensen, the 39-year-old leader of the opposition Progress Party, has objected to moves to introduce special measures in order to accommodate Muslims’ religious sensitivities, traditions and rules.
“The reality is that a kind of sneak-Islamisation of this society is being allowed,” she recently told a Progress Party conference. “We are going to have to stop this.”
Opinion polls suggest the party could win as much as 30% of the vote in the election for the national parliament, the Storting, in September.
“If the Progress Party gets to govern Norway, we will enforce Norwegian law and Norwegian rules. We are not going to allow special demands from any single group in society,” Ms Jensen added.
Horror of horrors! Racism! “Islamophobia”!
Khalid Mahmood, a Pakistani-born member of the governing Labour Party believes Muslims are being persecuted, and Islam confronted with hatred.
“Muslims are the Jews of our times, stigmatised, generalised and presented as a threat to society” he says.
An obscene comparison. Six million Jews were murdered in Europe. No one is calling for any Muslim to be murdered, or anything close to that, and to frame the debate in those terms is simply an attempt to divert attention away from real concerns about Sharia supremacism. Jews had never proclaimed they were going to conquer Europe and subjugate non-Jews under the rule of Jewish law. Many, many Muslims have proclaimed that the Islamic conquest of Europe is imminent. To speak out against that, and in favor of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, the equality of rights of all people before the law, and the non-establishment of religion in society is not to call for anyone to be killed.
“It is not any longer immigrants who are targeted, but simply Muslims”, he adds.
“We are portrayed as uncivilised people living double lives – orderly and behaved when in public, but at home fundamentalists suppressing and physically abusing women.”
Not that that ever happens, of course. No Muslim takes Qur’an 4:34 (“beat them”) seriously. Everyone knows that.
Last month, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the racism watchdog of the Council of Europe, published a report warning that Islamophobia was on the rise in Norway….
“Islamophobia” as a phenomenon would melt away if Muslims would end jihad and Islamic supremacism, and begin teaching the necessity to coexist as equals with non-Muslims in a secular society on an indefinite basis. If I were in Norway (or anywhere else), I wouldn’t be holding my breath.