Czech President Slams Muslim Integration
Tue, January 19, 2016
Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic. (Photo: © Miloslav Hamřík Creative Commons)
“The experience of Western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible” the President of the Czech Republic has said.
Milos Zeman, a socialist, has spoken out repeatedly against immigration from Muslim majority countries. His comments mirror those of politicians in other parts of Europe and America.
US Presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines for his controversial comments about banning all Muslims from entering the United States. The British Parliament debated banning him from the UK, deciding not to do so.
There has been a substantial growth in the number of politicians making such claims in recent months, with both the migrant crisis in Europe and the rise of the Islamic State fueling fears about Muslim radicalism.
On the other side of the spectrum, police in Sweden have been ordered not to identify the ethnicity, skin color, nationality or height of criminals when informing the public about crime, in case they inadvertently stoke racism.
“We want to avoid pointing out ethnic groups as criminal” said police Press Officer Wolf Gyllander.
Neither of these approaches is helpful. But unless mainstream politicians are able to take a stand at tackling Islamism, the field will be left to those who would tar all Muslims as extremists.