Stephen Daisley 8 August 2018 10:49 AM 8 August 2018 10:49 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Read on As a Muslim woman, I’d like to thank Boris Johnson for calling out the niqab Qanta Ahmed Barely had the ink dried on Stephen Robinson’s imaginative apologia for Boris Johnson — he is compared, courageously, to Churchill — than the former foreign secretary reminded us of his capacity for blunder. In his Telegraph column Johnson assailed the ‘burka’ for leaving Muslim women ‘looking like letter boxes’ and ‘bank robber[s]’. I say ‘burka’ but ‘letter box’ suggests he actually meant the niqab. A regular Abu Hanifa is this one. But was it a blunder? Or did Johnson, freed from such responsibilities as he felt bound by in the Foreign Office, consider the renewed vigour of anti-Muslim populism and decide to sound a dogwhistle? He certainly couldn’t … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s Trumpian path to power
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The Turkish government has continued to react strongly against Austria’s June 8 decision to close down seven mosques in the county and opened a probe regarding the residence permits of 40 imams working in those mosques. The move was presented by the Austrian government as a crackdown on “political Islam.” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who leads the right-wing Popular Party in a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, said that “parallel societies, politicized Islam or radical tendencies” having no place in Austrian society. After assuming office in 2017, Kurz began investigations into a number of Muslim organizations “suspected of violating” the Islam Law of 2015. Under the law, Muslim religious organizations are banned from receiving major financial resources from outside Austria. A number of imams working in such organizations are paid through the Europe Turk-Islam Union (AITB), which is linked to Turkey’s Directorate of Religious … [Read more...] about ‘Cross vs. Crescent’ again? Seriously?