Continental Breakfast

Muslim public holidays in Germany? Interior minister’s proposal met with furious backlash

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere prompted a backlash from his own party and political allies by suggesting that Germany introduce Muslim public holidays. He was, however, backed by the leader of the Social Democrats, Martin Schulz.

“I am ready to discuss the issue of whether we should also introduce a Muslim public holiday,” de Maiziere said early this week, adding that the German authorities “could probably easily do that.”


Minnesota: Stewartville club cancels “Exposing Sharia” event

The Stewartville Sportsman’s Club board has canceled the appearance of an anti-Islamic speaker, several days after fliers promoting the speech and warning of Islam’s “threat to our way of life” began showing up at Stewartville homes.

“It has become apparent that a rental at the Stewartville Sportsman’s Club is being advertised as an information session targeting a specific ethnic group,” said a statement released by the club Wednesday afternoon. “When the rental contract was drafted, the Club Board was unaware of what the purpose of the event was for.


Quebec’s face veil ban may face a Supreme Court challenge

A lot is unknown about how Quebec will implement a new law banning people wearing face veils from receiving public services, but what’s virtually certain is that it will be challenged in court.

In the near future, a Muslim woman wearing a veil, and possibly with the backing of one or several civil rights organizations, will likely attempt to receive a public service in Quebec and be denied.

The interaction will spark a court challenge that will probably end up in the Supreme Court of Canada, said Natasha Bakht, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.


Swedenistan: 95.6 percent of rape assault is committed by Muslim immigrants

“In January 2017, Morgan Johansson (S), Minister of Migration, announced that the government do not intend to provide the Crime Prevention Council (BRÅ) with the task of developing new statistics on the origin of criminals. Despite the fact that it has been a decade since the latest report and Sweden‘s demographics changed dramatically since then. The government’s unwillingness to produce official statistics sank inspiration for the survey I have now conducted, “the author writes in his preface.

In total, more than four thousand judgments are detailed on 80 pages. The survey was conducted in May-September this year, covering almost all convictions for sexual offenses between 2012-2017. However, data for Haparanda and Norrtälje District Court are missing because, according to the author, they refused to cooperate. Once more current information has been available from court cases, decisions have been taken.


‘No threat’: Civil liberties groups support Chelsea Manning’s bid to cross Canadian border

A Canadian lawyer representing Chelsea Manning has formally requested the Canadian government reconsider its decision to block the American leaker of classified documents from entering the country.

In support, more than 40 civil liberties groups, human rights advocates, privacy scholars, and academics have sent letters to the Canadian government highlighting Manning’s advocacy for government transparency, prisoners’ rights, and the LGTBQ community. They argue she poses no threat to the public safety of Canada or Canadians.

“Canadian law doesn’t apply to trannys.”


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