Europe’s Backlash Against Islamization

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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Facing a precarious future, Europe has only just begun to reckon with increasing Muslim populations and Islamic extremism. If current demographic trends persist, Europe’s democratic secular foundations will be in serious jeapordy in about twenty five years. This disturbing reality is causing a backlash, forcing European governments to confront the threat of Sharia law — and even some Muslims are joining the fight. The battle for the fate of the continent is intensifying.

France took the first step in trying to stop the spread of Islam by banning any religious symbols from being worn in public schools, which included the headscarves worn by many Muslim women. This caused outrage in the Muslim world, and President Obama criticized it during his address in Cairo. Then in November, the Swiss voted in favor of banning the construction of minarets on mosques. This has sparked major movements on the continent to take further measures that would have been unthinkable a decade ago.

One by one, the countries of Europe are placing restrictions on wearing the burqas and niqabs in government buildings or even in public. In April, Belgium became the first of them to pass an all-encompassing ban, and the French Council of Ministers followed by passing a similar ban that the National Assembly has just approved. It is expected to pass the Senate in September and then be signed by President Sarkozy.

Now, the Senate in Spain has passed a motion calling on the government to completely ban the wearing of the veil in public, and several municipalities in Spain have also placed restrictions on the burqa, although the parliament of Catalonia has switched its initial vote in favor of a ban. The Senate’s motion went further than what the ruling Socialist government wanted, which only sought to stop the veils from being worn in public buildings. There are growing movements with varying success in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Italy for placing restrictions on the face veils. A battle over Sharia courts should be expected in the coming years, which Norway is taking the lead on. The Foreign Minister, who is the head of a panel on integration, has just expressed his opposition to them, saying “desegregation is our society’s biggest social challenge.”

Political parties that express a hard line on assimilation and Islam are gaining in the polls. A new Poll poll found that bans on the face veils are supported by a strong majority of Western Europeans. Eighty-two percent of the French, 71 percent of the Germans, 62 percent of the British and 59 percent of the Spanish are in favor of such a law.

The Freedom Party of Geert Wilders came in third in last month’s general elections in the Netherlands, expanding their number of seats from nine to 24. Wilders rightfully said that his party was “the biggest winner today.” Wilders is best known for releasing a movie called Fitna that caused outrage among Muslims for tying acts of Islamic terrorism and oppression to specific verses in the Koran, resulting in so many death threats (note the curious irony) that he constantly has bodyguards and frequently switches where he sleeps.

Wilders is currently being prosecuted for inciting hatred for his comments about Islam, the Koran and Mohammed. He has called for ending Muslim immigration, ceasing the construction of mosques, closing Islamic schools, and banning the Koran, among other measures. Those that feel these policies are undemocratic and extreme need to recognize that European public opinion is reacting to the quick growth of the Muslim population, their lack of assimilation into European society and increasingly aggressive activity by terrorists and extremists pushing for Sharia law. It is this threat, not anti-Muslim bigotry, which is fueling the support for tough, controversial measures.

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  • lily

    How did Islam penetrate our societies ?
    Before 9/11 Muslim terrorists were building global networks again under the American and European radar. We had other things to consider like pacifying Mideast potentates for the oil under their sands. It didn’t matter that countries like Saudi Arabia were spreading Wahhabiism (strict Shariah Islam) which taught Muslim children that Islam is not only superior to all other religions but, one day Islam would eliminate these “false” religions under “Shariah” law and Islam would dominate the world. These children grew up and became brainwashed like “Manchurian candidates”. They filtered into other countries with the help of foreign services of the West – like the U.S. State Department. Each of the Western nations had their own foreign services who allowed Muslims to flood into their nation even to the point of subsidizing their housing, education, medical care and much more. Nothing was withheld to pacify the Muslim Arabs because they had oil under their feet. So our American Universities are clogged with Arab Muslim students”,
    opting for classes in Nuclear Physics, Chemistry and Biology – all of which would eventually benefit the military terrorist organizations in their country of origin. Colleges are building foot-baths for Muslims to wash their feet before they pray – a minor concession as described at : http://xrl.us/bjfhn

  • GordonHide

    Anyone who thinks that the medieval mess which is Islamism could possibly represent any threat to Western Culture apart from terrorism simply has no faith in our way of life.

    Only we can undermine ourselves by reducing our own freedoms and the freedoms of Muslims living amongst us. It matters not whether some Muslims integrate, enough eventually will. After all that is one of the great strengths of our system. It tolerates difference and allows each person to contribute in their own way.

    If we just guard our freedoms and ensure that the law is equitably and rigorously applied to everyone that is all we need to prosper.

    • Observer

      Sorry Gordon, it looks like you forgot that Islam ALREADY destroyed many civilizations much, much superior. Persia can be a good example. The Persians (the Iranians of today) created the first human rights laws and principals, enjoyed science and arts, etc
      Look what Islam did to them ! As Churchill said… "no other retrograde force" like Islam.
      Yet people fail to connect the dots. Islam means backwardness, slavery, destruction.

    • fernandez

      Yes, you're right, by our law not their medieval, uncivilised sharia

  • lily

    How did Islam penetrate our societies ?
    Before 9/11 Muslim terrorists were building global networks again under the American and European radar. We had other things to consider like pacifying Mideast potentates for the oil under their sands. It didn’t matter that countries like Saudi Arabia were spreading Wahhabiism (strict Shariah Islam) which taught Muslim children that Islam is not only superior to all other religions but, one day Islam would eliminate these “false” religions under “Shariah” law and Islam would dominate the world. These children grew up and became brainwashed like “Manchurian candidates”. They filtered into other countries with the help of foreign services of the West – like the U.S. State Department. Each of the Western nations had their own foreign services who allowed Muslims to flood into their nation even to the point of subsidizing their housing, education, medical care and much more. Nothing was withheld to pacify the Muslim Arabs because they had oil under their feet. So our American Universities are clogged with Arab Muslim “students”, opting for classes in Nuclear Physics, Chemistry and Biology – all of which would eventually benefit the military terrorist organizations in their country of origin. Colleges are building foot-baths for Muslims to wash their feet before they pray – a minor concession as described at : http://xrl.us/bjfhn

  • http://www.flexprotex-reviewed.com flexprotex

    Islam cannot be integrated. Islam will dominate Europe. And Islam is incompatible with our values. Therefore Islam will be thrown out

  • Brett Hart

    I really don't feel your optimism David in regards to 'moderates' opening up on their extremist brethren.. What will happen when these 'extremists' become the majority? They will then up the ante on the 'moderates' and cower them.

    These fundies aren't shy of taking lives so are the 'moderates' willing to go all the way if push comes to shove? hmm I don't know about that.

  • Osa

    This article is right on. As an European, I can vouch for it. Conflict is intensifying as Islamists are making their hateful agendas more and more visible. The way we're heading, this will only get worse. I fear for the future.

  • Triple A

    These bans are a great development, however they seem like short term solutions to what is essentially a long term problem. Will these bans be enough to change the demographic trend favoring muslims? Considering non-muslim Europeans have extremely low birthrates , mass deportation may be the only real solution. But by all means, we in the United States should try to follow in Europe's lead to should completely ban islam, sharia law, headscarves, mosques, and korans included. It would also be wise to change our immigration laws to ban all muslims from entering the country and denying them birthright citizenship.

  • Elaine P

    Great article, I actually bought Dawood's translation of the Koran recently, and made the mistake of reading it last night. It kept me up for hours! I have read a number of books by Robert Spencer, Brigitte Gabriele, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonnie Darwish and others, but until you actually read the Koran and read the actual words that it's OK to beat women, they are called "feeble minded" and that their testimony counts as half of a man's you really can't fully believe the negative comments you have heard about the Koran. There book is replete with references to infidels, and do not take them as your friends and slay them. There is no doubt in my mind the faithful followers of the Koran are carrying out the slaughter the Koran commands in order to be what the Koran calls the "believers". This book kept me up for hours afterward just thinking about the implications, and mosques, veils, minarets should be banned as well as Muslim immigration. Islam is NOT compatible with Western civilization, and seeks to dominate the world. Everyone should read the Koran. It leaves no doubt of it's intention, and what the faithful need to do. The religion has not been hijacked, and it's not peaceful.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Without determined and firm policies muslims will continue to push for sharia until all of Europe is swallowed up by the evil of mohammed's creation of his allah figment. Just say "No" to the invaders and settlers.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonPappas JasonPappas

    It’s amazing that Europe is waking-up to the Islamic threat when it still prosecutes critics of Islam. I won’t review the cases but isolated prosecutions in France, Holland, and other countries have made it taboo to criticize Islam in public. Still, even without free discussion the people in Europe are taking the first steps against the rise of Islam.

    The danger is becoming too obvious that only leftist ideology can blind one to the reality in from of one’s nose. And, of course, the internet helps Europeans read research from abroad. I wonder how many read Jihad-watch?

    Europe needs intellectual leadership if these few steps are to lead to a total reversal of Islamization. Free speech is indispensible. People like Bat Ye’or and Geert Wilders are leading the way. The seeds are planted but will the weeds consume Europe? There's much work ahead … very much.

  • Helen

    We must be vigilant in America and quit being so "Politically correct" to protect this land we love so much. "Live and let live" should be practiced, for the different religions have existed peacefully together for so many years. The future of our country depends on it.

    • Observer

      Islam is NOT a religion but an Ideology of Conquest that only uses aspects of religion.

  • jeff

    i believe this move will enable the one worlders to decide to be all inclusive and use this to stifle christian and jewish symbols and traditions. Even though unlike Islam , christians and jews don't have a mandate to murder and enslave unbelievers.

  • Thunder

    and a mosque on ground Zero – what a SLAP in FACE of USA!!!!!

  • Marty

    It is about time, but the demography is working against Europe. What is needed is drastic and immediate immigration reform to blunt the influx of (hostile) muslims from North Africa and the Middle East who get on the dole and create islamist zones of occupation in major cities.

  • http://www.crusaderknight.blogspot.com James Pawlak

    The last rational decision, regarding Muslims, made by Spain was in 1492 when it expelled all of them from Iberia.

    + MECCA DELEDA EST +

  • Janet

    Just when do you suppose that mass emigration from the U.S. to France, Germany and the rest of western Europe will commence.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aspacia aspacia

    More and More Europeans are listening to Robert Spencer. Good.

    • george rennit

      If muslim men like their women to play dress up games, then let be in the privacy of their own homes. Th

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/FaceofTruth DogWithoutSlippers

    The lines are being drawn in the sand! The side of Freedom, Pursuit of Happiness, & Peace are being challenged by the force of Evil, Death, & Enslavement! God vs. allah.

    • LarryCtx

      That is the real Big Picture and you are absolutely right. This is truly Good vs Evil. Two Evil Forces, Communism and Islam, have combined to eliminate our free choices and they have the easiest go of it. They lie, cheat, and steal while holding us to the highest standards of our moral and ethical values. They use our goodness to destroy us.

      Holding our ground is not easy but that has always been true in the fight between Good and Evil, God and Satan. The road is wide but the gate is narrow – Many shall be called but few will answer. Now is choosing time.

  • Anonymous

    I believe that it is only a matter of time that there is another Crusades or fall of the "new quasi-Ottoman" Empire. I believe this time, the "Crusaders" won't be as "benevolent".

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/deleted6776722 Gary Rumain

    And the arselifters aren't wasting any time bitching and moaning. They've set up a Muslim Defence League in the UK to counteract the English Defence League.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonPappas JasonPappas

    It’s amazing that Europe is waking-up to the Islamic threat when it still prosecutes critics who speak out against Islam. I won’t review the cases but isolated prosecutions in France, Holland, and other countries have made it taboo to criticize Islam in public. Still, even without free discussion the people in Europe are taking the first steps against the rise of Islam.

    The danger is becoming too obvious that only leftist ideology can blind one to the reality in from of one’s nose. And, of course, the internet helps Europeans read research from abroad. I wonder how many read Jihad-watch? Aspacia may be right.

    Europe needs intellectual leadership if these few steps are to lead to a total reversal of Islamization. Free speech is indispensible. People like Bat Ye’or and Geert Wilders are leading the way. The seeds are planted but will the weeds consume Europe? Stay tuned.

    • Rick

      JasonPappas,
      Please don't take this as a criticism but don't rely solely on "intellectual" leadership, it is best to find someone with "wisdom" like Sir Winston Churchill. Many think Obama is an intellectual and he is by far the most incompetent president the U.S. has ever known. Geert Wilders is intelligent but he also has guts. Obama bows to the Saudi King like a good little doggie.

    • Yosef

      there's a very bid difference btwn the people and their bureaucratic elites. I would guesstimate the opinion gap btwn the two is wider then the pacific ocean. Europeans think they are a democracy. however the great majority of them have absolutely no representation. Especially since their parliaments are a farce. Their bureaucracies make by laws which are enforced and the parliaments laws are either thrown out by the court systems or just basically ignored by bureaucrats. And this is exactly what the Dems are trying to do to the US. Create a giant bureaucracy that is never checked by the people.

  • Hammer2

    Europe is slowly stirring from it's slumber. Good people are awakening and beginning to push back against the threat of Islam. Europe has a long history with Islam, they are beginning to remember. If not for the Christian victory at the battle of Tours, we would all be Muslims today.

  • BS77

    Too little too late. Europe has allowed decades of "diversity" PC immigration to destabilize their demographics….fools!!

  • LarryCtx

    Any culture that calls for the murder of all others than themselves should be granted no consideration at all. A sane society would outlaw them all together and forget the politically correct BS we have allowed to become standard. When someone vows to kill you you don't turn the other cheek, unless of course you are content to never see that cheek again.

  • Jane Baer

    my Swedish cousins say that once a young girl (Swedish) was stoned by Islamic gangsters because she freely walked to school with a boy in her class. In sweden!

  • Rick

    One can only hope that this positive report will continue and world leaders will address the problem of Islamization in a credible and effective way. In the U.S., Obama and his administration are doing all they can to promote the Islamization of America. Go figure.

  • Chezwick

    These things have an ebb and flow over a period of years. The battle is just beginning…Europe's elite is ever so eager to thwart the popular will and impose its vision of Eurabia.

  • hikerdude

    These attempts to take back their countries will force Islam to show its real face and that face is the "Face of World Domination" . They will stop at nothing. They come to countries and try to change the laws and customs of the Nation they moved to. They refuse to assimilate. This is outright rudeness. I pray it is not to late to turn the tide.
    America is experiencing the same rudeness and non assimilation problems. i am afraid it will take a 9-11 to the tenth power to wake us up to the perils of Islam and Illegals.
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • Euroman

    In the 1930s, in Germany, ordinary citizens looted books from libraries and private homes. 'Jewish intellectualism is dead,' propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels yelled from the podium. Unfortunately, Germany was considered the heart of intellectualism in Europe at the time. "Intellectualism" only grows in rich soil, and Europe sees nothing wrong in rototilling its soil and adding sand.

  • Paardestaart

    Wilders has never called for banning the koran – but of course mr. Mauro knows it well
    And Europe may be too late in taking measures against islamization, but it is still ahead of the USA. America has to watch it's own back, and with the Obamanites at the wheel that may take some time

  • USMCSniper

    Muslims future and the demographics of Europe on Al Jazzera. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlvxN-UylNU

  • dt804a

    I am less optimistic than the four people who commented before me. First, note that only four comments have been posted to this article. When Jihadists get the slightest opportunity to malign Israel or the anti-Jiahdist forces in the west, they organize hundreds of comments in support of their position (see, for example, yesterday's Globe and Mail news story about the Lybian Armada now docking in Egypt: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-

    Second, if one follows such sites as Jihad Watch or Sweden-Israel, http://swedenisrael.blogspot.com/
    one gets the picture of consistent Jihadist encroachment on our western civilization. The few counter-examples, welcome as they indeed are, do not alter the trend. The most egregious example from recent days is the struggle against the mega-mosque on Ground Zero – and this is happening in North America! (see Atlas Shrugged for details).

  • M Rob

    Europe sold itself down the river and now they are crying one!

  • melpol1

    Many of the issues the Catholic church supports are in agreement with sharia law. The pope has almost as much sins on his list as any imam. They both are against abortion,gay marriage,pornography,adultery, woman as priests/imams, and are in agreement on many other social issues. There is no reason why they should not share the same mosque/church pulpit. It would further religious harmony.

  • richard

    wilders for president.

  • Dyz

    "If current demographic trends persist, Europe’s democratic secular foundations will be in serious jeapordy in about twenty five years."
    Any evidence of this or is it just an opinionated guess? (Don't bother, I know it's an opinionated guess.)

    The author works for "Christian Action Network" and is probably a religiot himself. Religious people are delusional by definition. Their opinions can be ignored because they are tainted by wishfull thinking.

  • Chezwick

    Banning the Burkha is window-dressing. Banning Muslim immigration is the only course of action that will save Europe.

    • Joanna

      AMEN brother/sister!!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/ObamaYoMoma ObamaYoMoma

      And America!

  • Totally Disgusted

    If only the United States would do the same. Unfortunately, we have a muslim masquerading as "president" with and agenda to DESTROY our country! Contrary to what the muslims want you to think. they are a viscous group of murderers hiding behind what they call a "peaceful religion", yet, in Afghanistan, Iraq and all thought the middle east where these vermin infest, they are killing one another because their "denominations" don't agree on Dogma. Yet, the idiot portion of our population sees no harm in letting them build mosques all over our country while at the same time claiming, now get this, that OUR Constitution grants them freedom of religion. What about the progressive communist who wants to wipe Christianity from our country by virtue of their lawsuits and inane legislators in Washington voting for thinly veiled "hate crime" legislation choking religious freedom for Christians. I AM proud to be a person Of Christian beliefs, those self-same beliefs are what our Republic was founded on. Do your homework and find out what the founders has to say about the role of God in the establishment of this United States. Muslims go HOME! Your twisted rhetoric is not welcome here and unlike other Christian people in the U.S., I WILL NOT "turn the other cheek because they are out to kill me and my family including my grandchildren. NOT ON MY WATCH!
    Also, the muslims want to build a mosque near or on ground zero in NY. They damned well know that this is SCARED GROUND to the people of New York, especially those who their [muslim] terrorists killed on 9-11! This is also SACRED GROUND to the rest of the sensible-thinking people of the U.S. People from all over the U.S. need to reject all this mosque building and send them packing. Remember Fort Hood? How many families loved ones were killed by an islamic fundamentalist terrorist, yet Osama Bin Obama refuses to call them what they truly are and so does Obama's crooked military chiefs?

  • Gunslinger 7

    It may be too late for some countries. If they cut off immagration, there is still a large population that is reproducing at much higher rates than native euros. Demographics is destiny.

  • astockauto

    Of course prez osama would be against anything like this in the US

  • turtle-brat

    Judeo-Christians and all others cannot allow Muslims to take refuge for their bloody prosletyzing by hiding behind the name of religion. Any serious student of history can prove that Islam, in its Koran, advocates conversion of the world to its "faith" or kill those who refuse to convert.

    The first step is to remove the protection of Islam under Freedom of Religion because it is a bastardized, plagerized conglomerate of disordered ramblings plagerized from Jewish and Christian Scripture by an illiterate pedophile. It is not a religion but a political and cultural movement and a very dangerous enemy. Muslims must be banned from emigrating to any Western country and all mosques and adherents of this pseudo-religion must be investigated into terrorist acivities and sympathies and if guilty, punished accordingly. I vote for stoning or hacking/beheading, as was done by a Muslim mob to a Christian family recently.

  • turtle-brat

    Judeo-Christians and all others cannot allow Muslims to take refuge for their bloody prosletyzing by hiding behind the name of religion. Any serious student of history can prove that Islam, in its Koran, advocates conversion of the world to its "faith" or kill those who refuse to convert.

  • turtle-brat

    Why do you refuse to post my anti-Muslim comments. You are violating my freedom of speech. Nothing I have written is not true. Obviously, you are fearful of Islamic terrorist retaliation and are a part of the problem. You accept anti Christian/Jew comments all the time. HYPOCRITES.

  • Mike88

    Perhaps we should also put Legislatures in power that would also ban Burkha's on women here as well as Ban Muslim Immigration here in the U.S. as it is obvious to even the most apathetic of individuals here in the U.S. that the Muslim invasion and their desire to implement Sharia compliant laws here in the U.S. are anti-American and work against the laws of our Republic.

  • guest

    The French court is not likely to uphold the burqa ban.

  • sue

    The problem lies in the fact that most nations are not producing enough children to sustain their populations and the Muslims have about 8 per family. I read about that ages ago.

  • Joanna

    As an American I hope these European countries win in their efforts to outlaw muslim/islam immigration as well as get rid of the burqua in their societies. A report today in our papers says we have evidence of Hezballah and coming in our country through porous borders. We're supporting Arizona's right to control its borders to keep this from happening here.

  • Wayne

    Being from the U.S.A. I can criticize whom ever I wish. Even the U.S. President who claims NOW to be a Christian, is in fact a Muslim. He is by far the worst president we have had and a total IDIOT. I completely support the measures that have been and are being taken by the European countries in their endeavor to curtail Muslim threats and takeover of those countries with whatever means necessary. Remember the Quran does illistrate world domination of the Muslim Religion. Screw them! and take Mohammed with them. It's obvious that Muslim controlled countries are called and will always be 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES. Also remember, what religion and teachings conform to terrorism and violence. The Quran of coarse!
    With this being said. Islam is a HEATHEN RELIGION…

  • trisha

    God bless Geert Wilders. Am so pleased for his Freedom Party winnings!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/nepatriots12 Raymond

    Islam is a religion that promotes murder, rape, child rape, beating women.

    • benji

      you are dam right it is ban it from the free world