07 June 2016

Islam is Europe’s ‘new fascism,’ and other things European politicians say about Muslims

In the United States, Donald Trump is taking aim at Islam, putting the faith front and center in a contentious presidential campaign. But across Europe, populist leaders are doing the same, pointing a finger of blame at Islam for threatening domestic cultures and security even as critics decry such statements as a serious threat to freedom of religion and minority rights.

Here’s what 10 conservative and far-right leaders have recently said about Islam:

Where: Germany.

Who: Alexander Gauland, deputy chairman of the Alternative for Germany party.

What he said: “Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity, but a faith linked intellectually with a takeover of the state. Therefore, the Islamization of Germany is a danger.” [The Washington Post] Read more