Our country should maintain a liberal line, and allow the use of headscarves in schools.Europe is following the model of three different approaches to the use of religious symbols in schools managed by society: the use of religious symbols are prohibited by the principle of neutrality in the name (France). Each school will decide by themselves (Belgium). The use of religious symbols shall be permitted, as long as they do not go too far (Finland, Sweden). The wearing of a veil covering the face is considered excessive.The principal, Karin Heremans, of the Athenee School in Antwerp Belgium, became known after he advocated that schools should have a lenient attitude towards religious symbols. He appealed to religious freedom, minority rights and intercultural dialogue. Last summer, however, he changed his tune, and ordered a school ban on religious symbols.Heremans’ reasons for his decision, is the fact that Muslim girls use of the scarf had become a political symbol. Muslim students and their parents had begun to put pressure on Muslim girls who didn’t wear the scarf to come to school wearing them. Athenee-school atmosphere had been the more liberal of the other belgian schools. The Islamic conservatives, however, were able to organize the school and put more and more requirements, such as students’ right not to participate in certain classes and excursions. School was also asked to give up parental evenings, to which both sexes would participate.
So far so good, but watch how he now turns the tables and places the blame for everything on everyone else but the Muslims.
“In Belgium, as in many other Western European countries, there is also has a wider social reason for the deterioration in relations between the majority population and Muslim migrants : the extreme right-wing’s incitement of racism. Right-wing extremist propaganda has poisoned the atmosphere and hampered the integration of Muslims into society. Muslims put on the defensive has increased their willingness to fight.”
“In light of that, it may be asked whether the French model of religious neutrality, is not the best option. It prohibits, in principle, on an equal basis for all religious symbols at public schools. This option may be the best in many situations, but I do not recommend it for Finland.Our country has more than 40 000 Muslim immigrants, and the number is growing. The Muslim and majority population relations have been quite good. Most problems are caused by discrimination by the majority population.”
Most of the problems? Muslims in Finland, in spite of their small demographic number have managed to create from themselves Muslim only swimming hours in public pools, while keeping Finnish females from sun bathing while their children play in the park. There are also those who say Muslims are over represented in Finnish correctional facilities.
In spite of their small numbers, immigrant Muslims with a political Islamic agenda are having a field day with Finnish societal norms, and yet, it’s supposedly Finland’s majority population’s “discrimination” that’s responsible for Muslim “youths” breaking the law. What a bunch of nonsense. Arman Alizad, whose parents moved to Finland in the 60’s would disagree:
But there’s more!
“The organization of Finland’s Muslim communities is still ongoing. The main confederation, the Finnish Islamic Council (Sine) has been operating since 2006. The authorities may choose to negotiate with it on Muslim issues.The Council’s enunciations have been moderate. This reflects the fact that Finland lacks a strong extreme right-wing which provokes hatred towards Islam.The Finnish Islamic Council (Sine) inform constructively to promote understanding of Islam in Finland as well as Finnish culture within the Muslim community. The aim is to prevent the Islamic and even anti-Islamic extremism development in Finland.”
In Finland, there is no need to appeal for prohibitions on Muslims. Our country should maintain a liberal line, and so allow the use of headscarves in schools as well as the building of a minaret.A change in policy would be necessary only if the wearing of headscarves should be policy-making tool. A development which is not in sight.SINE underpinned by both the Finnish Ombudsman for Minorities and our traditional Muslim community of Tatars and their Finnish Islamic congregation. Tatars in Finland are well integrated, but have maintained their own religion and language. They have the experience and vision of how the Muslim integration can be a success. The Tatar community should also more closely provide expertise for SINE to use.
H/T: Vasarahammer and Kumitonttu