Who owns Europe?

This article lists a number of attempts in European cities to place limitations on the building of mosques. Among them are the following:

• Supporters of the Swiss referendum collected enough signatures two weeks ago to call for a constitutional ban on minarets, the towers used to call worshipers to prayer. No date has been set for the vote.

• Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni announced this month that he wants to close a Milan mosque because crowds attending Friday prayers spill onto the street and irritate neighbors. In April, the city of Bologna scrapped plans for a new mosque, saying Muslim leaders failed to meet certain requirements, including making public its source of funding.

• In Austria, the southern province of Carinthia passed a law in February that effectively bans the construction of mosques by requiring them to fit within the overall look and harmony of villages and towns.

• Far-right leaders from 15 European cities met in Antwerp, Belgium, in January and called for a ban on new mosques and a halt to “the Islamization” of European cities. The group said mosques act as catalysts for taking over neighborhoods and imposing Islamic ways of life on Europeans.

Europe for Europeans. America for Americans. Assimilate (and maybe drop your religion in the bargain) and become one of the big happy melting pot. We’ve defined what the pot should look like, and you’re not in the picture.

2 thoughts on “Who owns Europe?

  1. Some of the arguments for the Swiss initiative are:
    – Minarets are “symbols of religious-political imperialism.” OK, so crosses are not for people in Latin America and other parts of the world? From a cultural point of view maybe Swiss Protestants don’t like religious symbols of any kind.
    – People are afraid of “creeping Islamization.” Sounds familiar. Like there was a time people were afraid of “creeping Judaization.” Hope this is not history repeating itself.

  2. From http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-antiSemi.html – replace ‘Jews’ with ‘Muslims’, ‘antisemitism’ with ‘islamophobia’, ‘Russia’ with ‘the US’, ‘spurious document’ with ‘war on terror’, and look where it led.

    […] religious and economic resentments were gradually replaced by feelings of prejudice stemming from the notion of the Jews as a distinct race. This development was due not only to the rising nationalism of the 19th cent., but also to the conscious preservation, especially among Orthodox Jews, of cultural and religious barriers that isolated the Jewish minorities from other citizens. […] Jewish reaction to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism in its many forms found political expression in Zionism .

    The unpopularity of the Jews was exploited by [the press], to stir the masses against an existing government, and by reactionary governments, as in Russia, to find an outlet for popular discontent. The millions of […] Jews who, […] found refuge in other countries contributed to the popular feeling that Jews were aliens and intruders. In addition, a spurious document, the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” purporting to outline a Jewish plan for world domination, emerged in Russia early in the 20th cent. and was subsequently circulated throughout the world.

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