The Swiss passed a ban on minarets, or prayer towers, from which calls to prayer are sounded from loudspeakers. The French have banned hijabs, or head coverings from the public schools.
Musically, I like the Muslim prayer chants. They remind me of some Jewish religious prayer chants from Arab countries. I see hijabs (not face coverings) as a way to put the brakes on hypersexualisation in fashion. Orthodox Jewish women also choose to cover up for similar reasons.
Prayer towers (minarets) go back a long way. I do not feel threatened by them. On the one hand, they may be an attempt at times to be "in your face" about religion by building the highest tower and mounting the largest loudspeaker on it. Banning minarets specifically reminds me a lot of the limits placed on churches and synagogues in Arab countries to keep them low and humble. Such restrictions on dress and architecture are unbecoming to a free society.
Great Britain, France and Belgium all have a loophole that allows polygamy. A man can fly to Egypt or Saudi Arabia, or any country that permits polygamy and come back to Europe with a second marriage that is recognised by the government. In Britain, such spouses can even have their benefits deposited in the husband's bank account.
Instead of wasting time with hijabs and minarets, those who get a second wife should be deported with their families to their country of origin. If this is not possible, they should be jailed until another country is ready to take them.
A flicker of sanity has come to Britain. Mehmet Goren, 49, has been sentenced to life in prison for the torture and murder of his daughter, 15 years old who was killed back in 1999. Her father had disapproved of her relationship with a Sunni Muslim. Failure to find a corpse and fact finding trips to Turkey to study honour killings allegedly slowed down the quest for justice. The Telegraph reports as follows on the fact finding mission.
"The Tulay murder verdicts follow a police investigation which saw detectives travel to Kurdistan to learn about honour killings. Turkish psychiatrists were then brought to give evidence on the issue as expert witnesses in a British court for the first time.
Their findings, coupled with a greater understanding of 'honour' violence, persuaded the Crown Prosecution Service to overturn a decision 10 years ago not to bring charges against Mehmet Goren over Tulay's disappearance.
It was only after greater awareness of the phenomenon of honour killings, that a new team of detectives began a reinvestigation five years ago. In a landmark investigation, police travelled to Kurdistan to learn about local "honour codes" as they built their case."
British police need to travel to London to learn about British law. Those who want to murder, rape and disfigure those who do not conform need to experience western criminal justice and learn how to impart and enforce their values without resorting to murder. If they don't like that, they should stay home.
Europeans and Americans must enforce criminal and civil law. We must not bend it to those who come to our shores with contempt for our values and political system. Those Muslims who can adapt to our freedoms should be welcome to stay. But a state within a state is the end of life as we know it. Sphere: Related Content