Islam in the Europe
Articles dealing with the growth or impact of Islam upon Europe. These are examples and lessons for America to pay attention to.
Next to the 9/11 attack by Muslim terrorist, the Beslan school massacre, is in my estimation the worst act of heartless violence carried about by Muslims in my life time.
These Muslims were from Chechnya, the same area that the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are from were from. Of late, the Whabbist have moved into the area and are trying to get Chechnya to separate from Russia and join the neighboring states to the East of them which are Islamic States.
• Beslan is less than a two hour drive from Grozny - The Chechnya capital.
• That attack started Sep 1 and ended dreadfully on Sep. 3, 2004.
• 32 Militant Muslims from Chechnya in full military tactical dress storm the School and set up bombs overhead.
• Russian Special Forces negotiated in vain the release of the hostages.
• They were held for 52 hours and the temperature was hot.
DAY ONE –
• The School had about 800 students and a staff of 60. However it was the first day – the Day of Knowledge and there were assemblies with guest -. Total present at the school at the time of the assault was about 1,100.
• Everyone was herded into the gym and ordered to turn in their cell phones. The hostages were told to remain silent unless they were spoken to. One father asked if they could explain the rules in the local language. He was shot in the head
• Everyone was ordered to kneel. One father refused and he too was shot in the head.
• Next—20 of the strongest male hostages were taken upstairs into a hallway and ordered to lie down. They were all shot. One man however, miracously survived.
• Other hostages were ordered to throw the bodies out of the 2nd floor window into the courtyard. One of the hostages jumped out of the window with the dead bodies and was able to escape.
• Meanwhile…. Special forces are taking up a perimeter and setting up a command post.
• All the windows were busted out of the buildings for fear of a gassing by the Russian security forces.
• The Jihadist then mined the gym by hanging bombs from the ceiling over the heads of hostages.
DAY TWO -
• Negotiations were not proving very successful.
• The Islamist refused the offer of food or water for fear that it might be poisoned to cause them to get sick or lose consciousness.
• Putin and the authorities downplayed the numbers saying there were only 300-400 hostages – and only 15 -20 militants.
• Later in the day a break through in the negotiations… 11 nursing mothers and 15 babies were allowed to leave later in the afternoon.
• A video tape of demands by the Muslims was given to the authorities. There is still a large debate over it as the Russians declared that the video was empty.
• Because of the heat and lack of water – many children undressed to their underwear – Some were so desperate that they were reduced to drink their own urine to quench their thirst.
• That night a police officer was wounded by a Muslim sniper.
DAY THREE -
• There was an agreement for the bodies in the courtyard to be removed.
• At 1pm, the ambulances arrived and while the bodies were being picked up an explosion occurred in the Gymnasium. Shots started flying and the two ambulance workers were killed.
• Everything went South then and it is still unclear what happen but the bombs in the gym were set off which not only killed many children but brought down the roof on the hostages. Russian forces then went in. The toll was 783 injured and 385 dead.
This is the face of Islam – the Religion of Peace.
What does it mean and not mean?
I had heard for many years about Shariah Law coming to Britain. I dismissed it as I knew that Islamic law was not compatible with British law. I thought of it as simply blue sky, dreamy thinking by Muslims. Never would England permit Shariah Law to come to England. Boy was I wrong.
We woke up to the shocking news on September 14, 2008 that Five Shariah Law courts were to open in Britain. The list included big cities like London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and also a small town of Nuneaton. Most Britons don’t even know where Nuneaton is located but this small town of sixty thousand on the outskirts of Coventry is the headquarters for Shariah Courts in Britain. However, the town of Nuneaton is of great significance to me. I was living there at the time and I had no idea that I was living in the heart of Shariah law for Britain.
THE HIJAZ CENTER
This Hijaz Center is operated by the Shaykh, Faiz Siddiqi, who is Britain’s most prominent Muslim lawyer. He founded the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal and the Hijaz College. He is a Suffi Muslim and is largely responsible for Shariah coming to England.
The Hijaz center just completed a £5 million ($8.5 million) expansion and can facilitate up to 750 students. They train professional workers, mainly doctors and lawyers. Their purpose statement from their website www.hijaz.co.uk says,
“Hijaz is independent from any governmental organization and relies upon the quality of its graduates for success and reputation; they are the real ambassadors of Hijaz. This independence provides total flexibility, allowing it to control its own future and plan a greater future for the Ummah.”
Now get this…..
- A Muslim family chooses to send their 9 year daughter to a Christian private school in the UK.
- The school made them aware of the school uniform policy and they still decided to enroll her anyways.
- Now that she is a student, they want her to wear a hijab which is against the uniform policy.
- So what do you do? You sue the school to force them to comply to Islamic standards instead of respecting the cultural and religious views of the country you have chosen to make your home.
This is called the Cultural Jihad — The struggle against any practice that is not submissive to Islam.
A GREEK Orthodox school is being taken to the High Court for banning a Muslim pupil from wearing a headscarf.
The nine-year-old girl’s parents were so incensed at the decision they have pulled her out of St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy, in Thornton Heath.
Now they have applied to the High Court in an attempt to force the school – the only one of its kind in the country – to reverse its ban on their daughter wearing a hijab.
The parents believe it would be a sin for her head to be uncovered because she has reached puberty and is in the presence of male teachers.
Head teacher Kate Magliocco said the uniform policy was made clear to the parents when the girl arrived in Year 3.
It was not until she moved into Year 5 in September that they wanted their daughter to start wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women which represents the Islamic principle of modesty.
Her parents complained to the governing body, which upheld the ban with the support of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.
Mrs Magliocco said: “The school is being taken to the High Court by parents of a Muslim girl.
“They believe that, because she is nine, she has reached puberty and it would be a sin for her not to be covered because the school has male teachers.
“The decision not to allow her to wear a headscarf was taken by the governing body. The school has a very particular uniform policy which is shared with parents and, as head, I must follow the plan.
“The pupil in question came to us from a private school. Her parents actively chose us and, before she arrived, we held a meeting which included details of the uniform plan. We are the only Greek Orthodox Primary School in the whole country. The parents actively sought our school. They must have done so with their eyes open.”
The girl’s parents pulled their daughter out of St Cyprian’s, which this week came top of Croydon’s primary school league table, in September.
She is now dual-rolled at All Saints CofE Primary School, in Upper Norwood.
Her parents want her to return to St Cyprian’s as her brother still attends the school.
The family have submitted a fresh application to have the issue heard at the High Court after their first attempt was rejected. The matter is due to be considered in February.
Mrs Magliocco said the girl had otherwise observed all of the school’s Greek Orthodox practices.
She said: “At the heart of this is a girl who has been unable to return to school. They are a really nice family and it’s a regrettable situation for both sides. If it does go to court then it cannot be a positive thing.”
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain said it would not be “appropriate” to comment.
St Cyprian’s admits 52 pupils each year. While children from other religions are eligible, the admissions policy only mentions Catholic and other Christian faiths.
The school claims to “respect the religious beliefs and practice of all staff, pupils and parents”. Its mission statement says the school is “committed to combating racism” and promoting “good relations between people of different ethnic origins”.
It adds: “We recognise and celebrate the fact that a significant percentage of our children are from ethnic minority groups”.
There is no mention of a ban on headscarves in the uniform policy on the school’s website. Girls are required to wear a dark blue coat, an optional blazer, a skirt, a white blouse, a navy blue pullover and navy blue or white socks and black shoes.
Shuiab Yusaf, trustee of Croydon Mosque & Islamic Centre, urged the school to reconsider the ban.
He said: “We encourage schools to be a little less strict and allow Muslim girls to wear headscarves if that is what they want to do,” he said.
Christian worker loses her job after being ‘targeted’ by Islamic extremists
A Christian worker has launched a landmark legal action after she lost her job when she blew the whistle on what she says was a campaign of “race hate” by fundamentalist Muslims.
A Church was closed that is an area that has become a ‘Sharia Controlled Zone’. A Muslim complained of the awful noise that would come from the church at 10:30am on Sunday’s…. the singing of Christian hymns in a British Church.
He took his complaint to the council and they issued the church with a ‘Noise Pollution Notice.‘ The case went to court and despite Paul Diamond’s best efforts, the three panel bench (two of the three judges were Muslims) ordered for the church to be closed. The case was appealed and the decision was finally reversed.
Listen to the discussion I have with Paul Diamond about this case and read below the article that he wrote.
To read the article that Paul wrote – Click Here
“Islam….is clearly the established religion in Britain.”
I interviewed over the weekend, Barrister Paul Diamond, who is billed as Britain’s top Christian/Human Rights Lawyer.
I talked to him regarding the article he wrote in the PJ media entitled “Sharia Law Already Devouring UK.
He raised some very startling incidents that I wanted to share with you on Fortress of Faith radio. I will cover them over the next few days but today we are going to hear about his statement and explanation.
This is the most direct, complete statement that I have heard yet from a leading British official. “Islam… is certainly is the established religion in Britain.”
He also described to me that the situation in Britain is ‘Grim.”
My heart goes out to Britain and Europe. They are soon to be lost to Islam and they are doing little about it. Perhaps there is little that can be done. We must pray for them.
Paul has many accomplishments to his name. Here are just a few:
- Argued a number of groundbreaking cases on religious rights:
- Key Speaker at the Preserving Freedom Conference in Nashville in November
- 2005 -The Times name him as Lawyer of the Week
- Paul met the UN Special Rapporteur of Religion or Belief.
- Handled the Exeter Christian Union case - Where the CU was thrown out by the Uni. it had a policy that the court found to be Discrimination. They Required members to be Christian! (No Kidding)
- Paul was invited to Washington DC by former United States Attorney General, Edwin Meese to give a paper entitled ‘Islam and socio cultural norms in law’.
- Handled Shirley Chaplin case — A nurse who was told she can’t wear a cross to work / Also British Airways employee who can’t wear the cross but Muslims can wear their Hijab etc.
- Represented - Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury / Also Baroness Young
- Advised world Dignitaries
- Also was recently secured by the Christian Legal Centre to represent Mrs. Halawi, who use to work at Heathrow Airport. She was Harassed by Muslims at her job and was fired for standing up for her Christian faith.
His website is: http://www.pauldiamond.com/
Eurabia is a political neologism. The concept was coined by writer Gisele Littman (Bat Ye’Or) in the early 2000s. In Littman’s use, it denotes a conspiracy theory, where European and Arab powers aim to Islamise and Arabise Europe, undermining previous alignment with the U.S. and Israel. Several similar conspiracy theories have been developed from Littman’s “Mother conspiracy theory”. The term is used by far-right activists, by members of the counterjihad movement, by conservative writers.
The premises common to these theories are that Europe is undergoing a rapid demographic transition, induced by “European politicians and civil servants”, that will lead to a Muslim majority, and that these Muslims will have an unchanging, hostile attitude toward their national communities. Other premises, such as acquiring the compliance of or control over bureaucracies, intelligentsias and European political leaders are frequent. The conspiracy theories have been compared to antisemitic conspiracy theories such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion or the Zionist Occupation Government.The prospect of a Muslim majority in Europe is regarded by leading demographers as extremely unlikely in the foreseeable future. The Pew Research Center notes that “the data that we have isn’t pointing in the direction of ‘Eurabia’ at all”, with the percentage of Muslims rising on the continent to 8% in 2030. The theory has been dismissed by academics as an islamophobic conspiracy theory.
Is Europe or Islam the Aggressor?
Amnesty International says Europeans Mistreat Muslims – Are Muslims the Victims or the Aggressors?
Early this year, AI (Amnesty International) produced a 123 page report charging Europe as Bullies against Muslims.
Soren Kearns gives an excellent well documented reply to this bogus report. It seems that AI is now the
A new report from Amnesty International lashes out at “widespread discrimination” against Muslims in Europe. The report directs particular ire at laws banning Muslim veils in public spaces, and excoriates European politicians for helping to “foster a climate of hostility and suspicion against people perceived as Muslim.”
Amnesty International omits, however, all instances of discrimination initiated by Muslims against Christians and others in Europe who have taken them in, and who may well feel dismayed by what might be seen as an escalating procession of Muslim demands, threats and attacks.
The report also fails to explain why growing numbers of Europeans are increasingly skeptical about Muslim immigration; it also fails to mention that in country after country, Europeans have been going out of their way to afford Muslims special benefits, rights, privileges and provisions that do not apply to native-born Europeans, and that are establishing the Muslim population as an entitled class in European society.
The 123-page study, “Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Muslims in Europe,” says that “Muslims in Europe face discrimination in several areas of life because of their religion,” and this “blights their individual prospects, opportunities and self-esteem and can result in isolation, exclusion and stigmatization.”
It continues, “Discrimination against Muslims in Europe is fuelled by stereotypes and negative views;” and calls on European politicians to “adopt a more rational approach” and stop portraying Islam “as a system of values which denies gender equality or a violent ideology.”
Amnesty International, perhaps welded to notions political correctness, also further fails to mention actions by Muslims themselves that might well have been responsible for fuelling the “stereotypes and negative views” that it accuses Europeans of having.
Consider Belgium, where radical Muslims have launched a propaganda and intimidation campaign aimed at turning the country into an Islamic state. Muslim neighborhoods in Brussels — the so-called capital of Europe — have already become “no-go” zones for Belgian police officers, who are often pelted with rocks by Muslim youths.
In Britain, hundreds of Muslim children every year are subjected to forced marriages. In England and Wales, more than 65,000 Muslim women and girls have been the victims of female genital mutilation, and another 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are believed to be at a high risk.
Also in Britain, tens of thousands of Muslim immigrants are practicing bigamy or polygamy, possibly at times to collect larger social welfare payments from the British state. At the same time, radical Muslims have launched a campaign to turn twelve British cities, including London, into independent Islamic “emirates” to be ruled by Islamic Sharia law.
In Denmark, Muslim criminal street gangs have taken over large parts of Danish towns and cities; in Copenhagen, some suburbs have also been transformed into “no-go” zones, off limits to non-Muslims. Meanwhile, over the past decade, the number of Muslim immigrants living on social welfare benefits in Denmark has increased almost ten-fold.
In France, where there are now more practicing Muslims than practicing Roman Catholics, there are 751 Sensitive Urban Zones , also off-limits to non-Muslims apparently because they are too dangerous; in these French “no-go” zones over which the French state has lost control, an estimated five million Muslims currently reside.
In Germany, thousands of Muslim women and children are the victims of forced marriage every year. At the same time, Islamic Sharia courts are operating in all major German cities, and German authorities say they are “powerless” to do anything about them.
In the Netherlands, nearly half of Moroccan immigrants in the country between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, fined, charged or otherwise accused of committing a crime during the past five years.
Further, as Islamic legal tradition holds that dogs are “unclean” animals, a Dutch Muslim politician in The Hague, the third-largest city in Holland, has recently called for a ban on dogs in the city.
In Italy, Muslims have been commandeering the Piazza Venezia in Rome for public prayers; and in Bologna, Muslims have repeatedly threatened to bomb the San Petronio cathedral because it contains a 600-year-old fresco inspired by Dante’s Inferno that depicts Mohammed being tormented in Hell.
In Spain, a high school teacher in the city of La Línea de la Concepción was sued by the parents of a Muslim student who said the teacher “defamed Islam” by talking about Spanish ham in a geography class. And a discotheque in southern Spanish resort town of Águilas (Murcia) was forced to change its name and architectural design under duress after Islamists threatened to initiate “a great war between Spain and the people of Islam” if it did not.
Elsewhere in Spain, Muslim immigrants were accused of poisoning dozens of dogs in the city of Lérida, where 29,000 Muslims now make up around 20% of the city’s total population; again, according to local residents, as dogs are considered “unclean.” In the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, Muslims have deployed “morals police” to ensure that practicing and non-practicing Muslims comply with Islamic Sharia law.
In Switzerland, an immigrant group based in Bern said it wants the emblematic white cross to be removed from the Swiss national flag because as a Christian symbol it “no longer corresponds to today’s multicultural Switzerland.” Further, leading Islamic groups in the country announced that they want to establish a “parallel parliament” so that all of the country’s Muslims can “speak with one voice.” Based in Basel, the new parliament would straightforwardly operate according to Islamic Sharia law.
These developments in Europe have been occurring during just the last eight years in addition to, of course, the bombing by Muslims of commuter trains in Spain in March 2004; the bombing of public transportation in London in July 2005; the attempted bombing of the Glasgow airport in June 2007; the attempted bombing of the Barcelona metro in January 2008; the attempted bombing of several US-bound airplanes, including that of the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid in December 2009; mass riots caused by the reprinting of the “Mohammed Cartoons” in Denmark in 2005 and 2006; Muslim riots in Malmö, Sweden in December 2008 and in Strasbourg, France in June 2010; and Muslim threats to mobilize 10,000 demonstrators onto the streets of London to prevent a democratically elected member of a European government, MP Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, from entering Britain in February 2009; and Muslim attacks on German police in May 2012.
Muslims in Europe also murdered the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in January 2004; tortured and murdered the French Jew, Ilam Halimi in January 2006; attacked the Swedish artist Lars Vilkes in July 2007; tried to murder the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in January 2010; killed French servicemen and Jews in March 2012; and attacked Spanish politician Josep Anglada in April 2012.
Muslims in Europe have also been attempting to muzzle free speech, including by “lawfare,” the malicious use of costly court trials to intimidate Europeans into silence to shut down the discussion of Islam. In the last few years, Muskims have initiated trials against Geert Wilders in the Netherlands; Suzanne Winter and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Austria; Lars Hedegaard and Jesper Langballe in Denmark; Jussi Kristian Halla-aho in Finland; Brigitte Bardot, Michel Houellebecq, and Marie Laforêt in France; and Gregorius Nekschot in the Netherlands;
Although Amnesty International lists in its report a litany of “discriminatory experiences” faced by Muslims in Europe, it does not acknowledge that most European countries have granted their Muslims minorities a host of special privileges, all in the name of multiculturalism, and that Muslim values are increasingly influencing European public policymaking.
In Belgium, for example, the government now pays the wages of more than 200 imams in 100 mosques in a bid to end discrimination against Islam. At the same time, dozens of Christian churches are being turned into mosques as Muslims demand more places to worship.
In Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium, an Islamic Sharia law court is now mediating family law disputes for Muslim immigrants. The self-appointed Muslim judges running the court are applying Islamic law — rather than the secular Belgian Family Law system — to resolve disputes involving questions of marriage and divorce, child custody and child support, as well as all inheritance-related matters.
In Britain, the largest university in London plans to ban the sale of alcohol on campus to accommodate the “cultural sensitivity” of its Muslim students; and the British Broadcasting Corporation admits that it treats Islam with more “protection and sensitivity” than Christianity.
The British Girl Scout Association has designed new uniforms for Muslim students who had “issues” with the existing range of clothing. Across Britain, municipal swimming pools are being closed to the general public to host Muslim women-only sessions.
In British courts, Muslim defendants are frequently the beneficiaries of favorable judicial treatment which does not apply to British defendants.
In Denmark, primary schools will soon begin teaching Islam to all students in the first grade.
In France, all of the slaughterhouses in the greater Paris metropolitan area are now producing all of their meat in accordance with Islamic Sharia law. France 2 television reports that much of the religiously slaughtered meat known as halal is not labeled as such and is entering the general food chain, where it is being unwittingly consumed by the non-Muslim population.
In German courts, judges are increasingly citing the Koran in civil divorce cases that involve Muslims. Muslim employees in German supermarkets are now exempt from handling alcohol on religious grounds. Municipal authorities in towns and cities across Germany have agreed to allow Muslim girls to wear “burkinis” in public swimming pools.
The city of Mannheim is planning to rename a Muslim-majority neighborhood, giving it a Turkish name. At the same time, German taxpayers are paying for four new Islamic theology departments in Tübingen, Münster/Osnabrück, Erlangen/Nürnberg and Frankfurt/Gießen, at a total cost of €20 million ($25 million) to train Muslim imams and Islamic religion teachers.
While Amnesty International has put the entire onus for “Islamophobia” on non-Muslims, nowhere does it call on Muslims to accept responsibility — not only for problems brought about by the refusal of Muslims to adopt the values of the majority, but also for their efforts to displace these values with their own.
As the Dutch politician Pym Fortuyn put it in a television interview the day before he was killed for criticizing the rise of Islam in Holland, “I think the guests are trying to take over the house.”
From a study done in France, 93% of the 2 million voting Muslims cast their vote for Hollande. This would give him around 1.7 million votes. He won over Sarkozy by 1.3 million votes. This means that the vast number of Muslims in France have the power to pick their own president.
As the West earns a living to buy their toys, the Muslims are earning a living to grow their families. I have reported many times about this. The average indigenous British family will have only 1.4 children. The average British Muslim family will have 4.7 children. In France they will have 7.4 children.
Islam is a patient enemy. They know in time they will out vote us in the elections so they can vote who they like and the laws they like. They will empower themselves to bring in Shariah laws and Muslims leaders.
We have seen the writing on the wall for some time that this day will come. It has arrived and we will only have ourselves to blame for doing nothing for so long.
Other News: Kansas Passes Anti- Shariah Bill
This is good news. We in North America are starting to make a stand to keep Shariah out. However, this means that only 4 out of 50 States have protected themselves against Shariah. There is much work to do.
(TOPEKA, Kan.) — A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims.
The Senate approved the bill Friday on a 33-3 vote. The House had approved it, 120-0, earlier in the week. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who hasn’t said whether he’ll sign or veto the measure.
The measure doesn’t specifically mention Shariah law, which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead, it says that courts, administrative agencies or state tribunals can’t base rulings on any foreign law or legal system that would not grant the parties the same rights guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions.
But several supporters specifically cited the potential use of Shariah law in Kansas as their concern. Though there are no known cases in which a Kansas judge has based a ruling on Islamic law, supporters of the bill cited a pending case in Sedgwick County in which a man seeking to divorce his wife has asked for property to be divided under a prenuptial agreement in line with Shariah law.
The bill’s supporters said it simply ensures that legal decisions will protect long-cherished liberties, such as freedom of speech and religion and the right to equal treatment under the law. Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, said a vote for the legislation is a vote to protect women.
“In this great country of ours and in the state of Kansas, women have equal rights,” Wagle said during the Senate’s debate. “They stone women to death in countries that have Shariah law.”
The bill passed both chambers by wide margins because even some legislators who were skeptical of it believed it was broad and bland enough that it didn’t represent a specific political attack on Muslims.
“We don’t have any intolerance in this bill. Nobody’s stripped of their freedom of religion,” said Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican. “This is talking about the law — American law, American courts.”
But several senators noted that supporters of the bill have singled out Shariah law in talking about it.
“This bill will put Kansas in a light that says we are intolerant of any other faith,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican who voted against the bill. “I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror in the morning if I didn’t stand up and say I don’t want to be that kind of person and I don’t want to be in a community or a state that is that way.”
Both the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the National Conference of State Legislatures say anti-Shariah proposals have been considered in 20 states, including Kansas. Oklahoma voters approved a ballot initiative in 2010 that specifically mentioned Shariah law, but both a federal judge and a federal appeals court blocked it.
“It is an effort to demonize Islam,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based council. “As Muslims are seen participating in a positive way in society, that really irritates some people.”
In Kansas, 45 House members, led by Rep. Peggy Mast, an Emporia Republican sponsored a bill aimed at Shariah law last year. The House approved it overwhelmingly, but it stalled in the Senate; this year, the House pushed another version, and pressure built on senators.
Mast had a news conference Thursday to highlight the Sedgwick County case, in which Hussein Hamdeh, a Wichita State University physics professor, filed for a divorce in November 2010 from his wife, Hala. Their prenuptial agreement, in keeping with Islamic law, promised her a $5,000 payment should they split, which he argued settled property issues.
Hussein Hamdeh’s attorney declined to comment because the case is pending. Hala Hamdeh’s attorney did not return a telephone message seeking comment.
Sen. Garrett Love, a Montezuma Republican, said even if no Kansas court has yet based a decision on foreign legal codes, “That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still protect Kansans from those foreign laws being used in the future — a future that really may not be that far away.”
But several senators questioned whether the legislation is necessary, arguing Kansas judges and officials already must adhere to the U.S. and state constitutions. Hooper derided it as “an anti-unicorn” bill.
“All it does is increase hostility toward Islam and suspicion of Muslims,” Hooper said.
More than 400 children were subjected to forced marriage in Britain during the past year, including a five-year-old girl who is believed to be the country’s youngest victim of the practice.
The statistics were provided by the British government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) as part of an ongoing effort to create a law that would criminalize forced marriage in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The custom is already illegal in Scotland.
Overall, the FMU said it gave advice or support related to nearly 1,500 cases of forced marriage during 2011, although experts say the vast majority of forced marriages in Britain go unreported.
Most of the instances of forced marriage in Britain involve Muslim families from South Asia, particularly Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Many of the cases involve Muslim children who are taken abroad by their parents and forced to marry against their will. Forced marriages often involve kidnapping, beatings and rape.
Prime Minister David Cameron has compared the practice of forced marriage to modern day slavery and has said people should not “shy away” from addressing the issue because of “cultural concerns.” A new law outlawing the practice is currently being drafted and could be in place by the end of 2012.
Separately, more than 65,000 women and girls in England and Wales have been the victims of female genital mutilation, and another 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are believed to be at a high risk, according to a London-based non-profit group called Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development.
Speaking in the House of Commons on February 6, British Home Secretary Theresa May said “Sadly, what we see are too many examples of this terrible crime continuing to take place. I think most people would be shocked to know how many young girls within the United Kingdom are subjected to female genital mutilation.”
Female genital mutilation is most common among Muslim immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. Although the practice is illegal under the 2003 Female Genital Mutilation Act, and carries a jail term of up to 14 years, no one has yet been successfully prosecuted.
In many cases, Muslim families often pool resources to fly professional “cutters” to Britain from Africa to perform mutilations on pre-pubescent girls for as little as £40 ($65), often without anesthetics, using blunt knives, razor blades or scalpels. In other cases, girls are flown abroad to their family’s native country to help minimize the risk of detection.
On March 31, an anti-female genital mutilation activist group named Daughters of Eve began hosting workshops in London to encourage men to stop this practice. The workshops, which will run for five weeks, include topics such as an introduction to female genital mutilation, its consequences and the laws surrounding it.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that more than 2,800 so-called honor attacks — punishments for bringing shame on the family — were recorded by British police during 2011. That data was compiled by the London-based Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization (IKWRO), a registered charity that provides advice to Muslim women and girls living in the United Kingdom, who are often facing forced marriage, honor-based violence, female genital mutilation and domestic abuse.
Although the statistics provide the best national estimate so far, IKWRO believes the real figure could be five times as high. The highest number of honor crimes — which include murder, mutilation, beatings, abductions and acid attacks — was recorded in London, where the problem has doubled to more than five times the national average.