Position of Islam questioned again in Europe

Nov 28, 2023 by

from CNE:

For a while, it seemed that tensions with Islam in Europe had come to a conclusion. But the war in Israel moved Islam back to the centre of European politics.

Sweden’s second party wants to demolish mosques. The Islamisation of Sweden continues, argues Jimmie Åkesson. According to the Sweden Democrats party leader, his country must, therefore, demolish mosques that contribute to Islamisation and stop new construction of Islamic places of worship.

The party leader spoke at his party’s first conference since it became involved in the country’s government. The right-wing Sweden Democrats are the country’s second-largest party, and the moderate PM Ulf Kristersson depends on their support.

According to Åkesson, mosques are hubs for radicalisation and violent propaganda. “It is not a right to come to our country and build monuments to a foreign and imperialist ideology”, he said, according to Aftonbladet. The Sweden Democrats now demand a stop to the establishment of new mosques in Sweden. Furthermore, it wants the authorities to be allowed to intercept mosques. “In the long term, we need to start confiscating and demolishing mosque buildings where anti-democratic, anti-Swedish, homophobic or anti-Semitic propaganda or general misinformation about Swedish society is spread.” Åkesson added that “minarets, domes, crescents or other attributes that serve as Islamic monuments in the cityscape should be completely removed.”

Åkesson’s words prompted Prime Minister Kirstersson to issue an official statement saying that “Sweden has a constitutional freedom of religion” and that we “do not destroy places of worship”. “As a society, we must fight back against violent extremism,” he said.


But what do these words mean for Christians in Sweden? The Christian daily Dagen also wonders about this. They asked Anna Sundberg, a church politician on behalf of the Sweden Democrats, to comment on the statements. Sundberg supports Åkesson’s statements about demolishing mosques and argues that Islam is a “great threat” to the West. “We should not be naive,” she said.

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