Islam in Europe – What’s really happening?

imagesIn May, new census data published by the British government showed that Islam is set to become the dominant religion in Britain within the next generation.

On being informed that the girl did not want to get married, Mohammed Shahid Akhtar, Imam of Birmingham’s Central Jamia Masjid Ghamkol Sharif Mosque, said, “She’s 14. By Sharia, grace of Allah, she’s legal to get married.”

The Muslim population of Britain topped 3.3 million by the end of 2013 to become around 5.2% of the overall population of 63 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.

At the same time, opinion surveys consistently show that voters in Britain view Islam and the question of Muslim immigration as a top-ranked public concern. The British public, it seems, is increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there.

But government efforts to push back against the Islamization of Britain have been halting and half-hearted.

What follows is a chronological review of some of the main stories involving the rise of Islam in Britain during 2013. [read what’s happening in the UK HERE.]

Among the long list of recommendations…the panel says that public schools in France should be taught in Arabic and African languages rather than in French.

“It would no longer be up to French immigrants to adopt French culture, but for France to abandon its own culture, language, history and identity to adapt to other people’s cultures.” — Jean-François Copé, UMP Party.

Instead of integration, “parallel societies are forming that continuously distance themselves from each other.” — Alain Finkielkraut, author of L’identité malheureuse.

A panel appointed by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to review France’s integration policies has urged the government to implement a “new form of secularism” that would raise the profile of Islam in public life—in order to improve the integration of Muslim immigrants. [more can be found HERE.]

It is inexplicable that the EU Fundamental Rights Agency has removed its very own “Working definition of anti-Semitism” from its website, while more than half of OSCE Member States continue to be in breach of EU laws to monitor anti-Semitic incidents.

Serious questions must be asked of the EU about its resolve to tackle this form of hatred, when it cannot even agree on how to define anti-Semitism or comply with the most elementary laws to help combat it.

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, recently said anti-Semitism is “a crime against Europe and its culture, against man and its humanity. To be anti-Semitic is to reject Europe.”

Van Rompuy’s remarks were made just last month, upon the release of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) report on the disturbing, yet not surprising, findings of rampant anti-Semitism in Europe.

His comments echo those of other EU officials and European leaders.

Yet, for all the EU’s rhetoric condemning anti-Semitism and calling for urgent steps to combat it, their actions portray a very different picture. [read more HERE]