Lingerie Shop In France Wouldn’t Hire Hijabbed Muslim; Complaints Of Widespread “Islamophobia” Follow

Lingerie Shop In France Wouldn’t Hire Hijabbed Muslim; Complaints Of Widespread “Islamophobia” Follow

MAY 22, 2019 3:00 PM BY HUGH FITZGERALD41 COMMENTS

Al Jazeera reports that there is “no social backlash [in France] to anyone that holds Islamophobic views.”

“In March, a French woman wearing the hijab applied for a job at a lingerie shop, Etam, in the southern city of Montpellier.

“The woman, Oumaima, claimed her application was rejected because the manager told her veiled women would not be accepted.

“In a video posted on Twitter that has been viewed more than 240,000 times, Oumaima said she was a victim of racism and called for a boycott of the brand as she explained “how difficult it is to live, study, and work with a hijab in France.”

There are two separate reasons why it was perfectly legitimate for the manager of the shop to tell this hijabbed lady she would not be hired, as long as she insisted on wearing a hijab.

The first is the nature of the business.This was not a grocery store or a bakery but a lingerie shop. It is not “racism” for a lingerie shop to reject a hijab-wearing woman as a saleswoman. The nature of the product being sold — come-hither lingerie — clashes with the message of modesty that the hijab signifies. This was not an expression of “islamophobia” but a marketing decision. It was also a decision based on French law, which requires employees to show a ‘total neutrality” in their appearance.
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That Muslim woman might well have been hired by Etam– as the manager ought to have said — if only she had not insisted on continuing to wear the hijab, so off-putting to potential customers, while at work.

“Etam reacted quickly, issuing a statement right away saying the incident “does not reflect its values.”

“The manager was sacked and Etam called Oumaima to apologise.

Fearful of boycotts, Etam surrendered quickly to the threats, and made the manager pay for what had been a perfectly reasonable business decision and, as we shall see, was also in accordance with the law. Etam ought to have explained that there was a perceived “clash of values” — a kind of dissonance –in having a hijabbed woman selling its lingerie.

But there is another, much more important justification for the manager’s refusal to consider Oumaima’s job application. Etam, in the statement in which it announced it had fired the manager, provides the very reason that justifies the manager’s decision. For it reminds us that there is another reason why that Muslim woman ought to have been required to remove the hijab.”Employees must maintain a “total neutrality” in their appearance, in conformity with the El Khomri law of 2016. But also according to French law, an employer may not refuse to employ someone simply because of their religious beliefs.” (“Etam rappelle que les employés doivent appliquer une « totale neutralité » dans leur apparence. Une disposition conforme depuis la loi El Khomri de 2016. Mais dans le droit, on ne peut pas refuser d’embaucher quelqu’un en vertu de ses croyances religieuses.’) There is not a contradiction here: the manager told the woman, who had come to leave off her C.V., that she would not be hired if she insisted on wearing the hijab at work. We do not know, from the reports, whether the manager also explained to her that she would not be considered, not because she was a Muslim, but because she would be violating the requirement, in the El Khomri law, for all employees to maintain a “total neutrality” in their appearance. That includes too-visible religious symbols. That should have been enough to end the matter. It might have headed off the subsequent expressions of Muslim fury and threats of a boycott, that led to the manager’s being fired.

Now one wonders if the fired manager will sue Etam for wrongful dismissal, because all she was doing was following the legal requirement of “total neutrality” in the appearance of employees. And even if that law were for some reason held not to apply, there remains the question of a “business decision” that ought to be raised. Can the nature of a business (in this case, a lingerie shop) be taken into account in determining the suitability of a given job applicant? Consider this hypothetical: a French woman, unhijabbed and wearing slacks, applies for a job at a halal grocery. Shouldn’t the halal grocery have a right not to hire her, as someone whose appearance would be predictably disruptive for customers? How does that hypothetical differ in principle from the real case of the lingerie shop in Montpellier? It doesn’t.

Germany: Merkel slams populists as the “enemy of Europe’ destroying globalist “values”

Germany: Merkel slams populists as the “enemy of Europe’ destroying globalist “values”

MAY 21, 2019 11:00 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS62 COMMENTS

German leader Angela Merkel is misleading Germans again just prior to elections. She stated that “populists are the enemy  of Europe and seek to destroy the continent’s globalist values”. She also “urged Croatians and other voters in Europe to shun pro-sovereignty, anti-mass migration political forces at the ballot boxes.”

Meanwhile, Christianity is dying in Germany while Islam rises, with help from globalist Merkel.  As a result, Germany has suffered the ills of: jihad attacks, widespread sex attacks, an escalation of crime and even Merkel has admitted to a corresponding rise in antisemitism. She stated: “We now have another phenomenon, as we have refugees or people of Arab origin who bring another form of anti-Semitism into the country.”

The rise of the ‘populist’ movement in the EU demonstrates the will of the people of Europe to preserve Judeo-Christian values, protect their borders and reclaim their nations’ sovereignty.  Angela Merkel and other globalist leaders who were elected to represent the will of the people have no respect for their citizenry. A recent poll found overwhelmingly that Islam is unwelcome in Germany.

“Merkel Bashes Populists, Calls for ‘Pro-Minority’ Europe of ‘Values’ Ahead of Elections”, Breitbart, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, May 21, 2019:

Populists are the “enemy” of Europe and seek to destroy the continent’s globalist “values”, Angela Merkel has warned ahead of European Parliament elections this week.
Speaking in Zagreb at the weekend, the German Chancellor urged Croatians and other voters in Europe to shun pro-sovereignty, anti-mass migration political forces at the ballot boxes this week.

Patriotism and support for a federal European superstate in which national sovereignty has been transferred to Brussels are “not opposites”, said the chancellor, insisting: “Our values mean we can be proud of our own country and at the same time work to build Europe.

“There are populist currents that in many areas disdain these values, that want to destroy our European values,” said Merkel, pointing to fundamental human rights and the protection of minorities as examples of these.

“Nationalism is the enemy of the European project, and we have to make that clear in the last days before the election,” she added, stressing that Europe is a “project of peace”, a “project of freedom” and “the project of prosperity”.

The veteran German leader appeared at the rally alongside her fellow Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician, Manfred Weber, the lead candidate of the EU Parliament’s neoliberal, so-called centre-right grouping.

On Saturday, Weber echoed Merkel’s message as he ruled out any cooperation with populists following this week’s vote, telling Croatian media: “Right-wing populists and extremists are those who want to destroy Europe, who are not believing any more in partnership on this continent and we will fight against them.”….

Estonia’s new govt ministers join populist revolt, oppose “national suicide through immigration”

Estonia’s new govt ministers join populist revolt, oppose “national suicide through immigration”

MAY 21, 2019 8:30 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS6 COMMENTS

The leader of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party, Martin Helme, “recently joined a new coalition government in the Baltic country following a populist breakthrough in national elections”. Now, he is vowing to “oppose further centralisation in the European Union.”

Helme’s vigorous determination echoes that of Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, who President Trump has referred to as his “twin brother“. Orban has just declared his determination to shift the EU, stating: “We Want Change, We Want a Europe that Protects Its Borders on Land and Sea”.

Similarly, Martin Helme has now declared that he will oppose the globalist EU’s integration of member states, focusing instead on the sovereignty of individual states . Helme said: “I am not a racist. People who refuse to participate in collective national suicide through immigration are labelled racist”.

Populist Revolt Spreads: Estonia’s New Govt Ministers Will Oppose EU Integration”, by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, May 20, 2019:

The leader of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), who recently joined a new coalition government in the Baltic country following a populist breakthrough in national elections, has vowed to oppose further centralisation in the European Union.

“I don’t see a reason for ‘ever closer union’ and I don’t support deeper integration in the EU in general,” said Martin Helme, who campaigned against Estonia’s accession to the bloc in the early 2000s.

“We should first do what we have agreed and not focus on finding new ways of integration or deepening integration,” added the 43-year-old, who serves as Minister of Finance in the new government, alongside EKRE chairman and founder Mart Helme — his father — as Minister of the Interior.

EKRE’s elevation to the Estonian government is another brick out of the wall for the so-called European project, aimed at gradually integrating the member-states of the European Union along federal lines, similar to the United States of America.

Left-neoliberal commentators experienced particular consternation when the Helmes threw up Trump-style “OK” hand signs when they were sworn into office — as much of the mainstream media have been successfully trolled into believing that it is a covert signal for “white power” by users of the 4chan image board.

Martin Helme told Britain’s Financial Times he would continue to use the gesture as a sign of defiance to “left-wing radicals who want to hijack language.”……

German Councils Distribute Beer Coasters Promoting Islam, Offend Muslims

German Councils Distribute Beer Coasters Promoting Islam, Offend Muslims

MAY 17, 2019 1:00 PM BY DANIEL GREENFIELD18 COMMENTS

Sometimes stories make reasonable and logical sense. Other times they’re more convoluted. And then there are stories that are an unfathomable disaster.

As in, why did anyone involved think that this was a good idea?

Local German councils got involved in promoting Islam. They decided the best way to do that was on beer coasters in pubs. Two terrible ideas collided together at 70 KPH.

This is the outcome.

The distribution of Islam-related questions on beer mats in the towns of Maintal and Offenbach near Frankfurt has been harshly criticized. The mats show questions on Islam written in the local Hesse dialect. On the back, a QR code can be scanned that directs mobile users to the city council’s website, where the answers can be found.

The initiative was supposed to promote dialogue and understanding of Islam among non-Muslims.

The technical term for that is Dawah. In non-Muslim countries, it’s not the job of governments. Except, these days it seems to be.

But it does make a kind of sense.

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Salih Tasdirek, the Turkish-born chairman of the city of Maintal’s advisory council for foreigners, who has lived in Germany for almost 40 years, believes Islam should not be associated with alcohol.

Apparently that was one of the questions that didn’t show up on the beer coasters.

What are Islam’s feeling about liquor?

Apart from being distributed in pubs, the coasters also show a Bembel on them, a pitcher used for the regional alcoholic specialty that is similar to cider.

The tolerant educators seem to need some educating of their own before they educate the rest of us.

Maintal and Offenbach councils distribute the mats, which were complied by Islamic scholars, in pubs and restaurants. There have been similar initiatives in the southwestern city of Freiburg, where students first came up with the idea, and in the eastern state of Saxony.

And now there will be a round of apologies for the previous round of apologies.

In Paris: A Bearded Bus Driver Enforces Muslim Dress Code

In Paris: A Bearded Bus Driver Enforces Muslim Dress Code

MAY 12, 2019 1:00 PM BY HUGH FITZGERALD69 COMMENTS

In Paris, the “affaire de la jupe” (Affair of the Skirt), reported on in French here  is one of those seemingly small contretemps, involving Muslims in the West, that circumstances turn into something much bigger.

It begins with two women, North African in origin, who were waiting, at 11 p.m. for city bus #60, at the Botzargis bus stop. When the bus pulled up to the stop, the bearded driver looked them over, refused to open the doors, and took off. One of the women ran after the bus, and when it stopped at a red light, she asked the driver, through his window, why he hadn’t picked them up.. He told her that she was dressed incorrectly, in a skirt. He looked disapprovingly at her legs. By her appearance he knew she was ethnically Arab, and therefore believed she ought to have been islamically modest in her dress. No skirts. And that is why, he explained unapologetically,, he had refused to pick her up. A city bus, but a Muslim driver, enforcing an Islamic dress code.

Things might have ended there, for all concerned, but for the fact that the woman in question is 29 years old, and the daughter of a famous Algerian poet, Kamel Bencheikh, an apostate who lives in France and is, he proudly says, an ‘islamophobe.” (by which he means not someone with an “irrational fear” of Islam but, rather, with a deep knowledge of and dislike of the faith). When Bencheikh heard the story from his daughter Elise he posted a piece about it, and also wrote about the incident on his Facebook page, demanding that the driver be punished.

But what happened then was even more disturbing than the original incident of the bearded driver of a city bus enforcing an Islamic dress code. Facebook took down Kamel Bensheikh’s account on his Facebook page because, it said, his post tended to “incite hatred.” Thus does the world’s main social media platform decide to censor a perfectly reasonable expression of outrage by a father at the treatment of his daughter. She had, after all, been refused service at 11 o’clock at night, and left with another woman to fend for themselves in a dangerous area of Paris (Buttes-Chaumont). There was nothing in Bencheikh’s posting that “incited hatred”’; he was angry with the driver, and expressed that anger. But anger is not hate; he nowhere “incited hatred” as Facebook, in removing his account, falsely claimed. He asked himself: why does the social network accuse him of inciting hatred with this post?

Indeed, as soon as the facts of the incident were revealed, the French political class reacted on Twitter, asking RATP (the public transportation company) to provide the necessary sanctions against the driver.. Here are just a few of their responses. Valérie Pécresse: “If the facts are proven they are scandalous.”Jean Messiha:”The woman’s father posts her story on Facebook, which immediately deletes it. Are we still in France? “And Lydia Guirous, spokesperson for the Republicans, was even more radical: “There is an EMERGENCY need to eradicate political Islam in France.” Valérie Boyer affirms that “religious extremism has no place in our Republic. Our freedoms, our rights must be preserved!”

“This guy who drives a bus paid for by my taxes prevented my daughter, who holds a valid Navigo pass and therefore in good standing, who has never had anything to blame for getting on… Just because she wore a skirt,” her father the poet said.. He described the driver as a “Maghrebin” and “Islamist.” . And he demanded a public apology from RATP, which, for its part, said that the driver does not acknowledge “the facts as presented in the press.” However, the Régie (the administration of the bus service) has, however, opened “disciplinary proceedings” against him for “lack of service”. Francilians [people of the Ile-de-France region] can see, every day, that they are very often driven by bearded people,… How many drivers refuse to drive a bus [for some religious reason]? And with the arrival of Ramadan, some people are openly asking themselves the question of passenger safety, because can a driver who does not drink, does not eat all day long, be sure of all his means? Can’t he lose his attention, even for a second?”

The bus driver may well face disciplinary action, as the French are in no mood to allow Muslims on the public payroll to enforce their own notions of Islamic morality on those they assume are Muslims, and whose outfits were therefore to be judged according to Muslim standards. In fact, neither of the women involved was Muslim.

There are three outrages here. One has to do with this particular driver, who will be judged by the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), the company that runs the transport services in the Ile-de-France. He is likely to lose his job; his behavior was clearly unacceptable. A second outrage is that there have been similar cases of Muslim bus and taxi drivers imposing their own notions of morality on would-be passengers, but who have gotten away with it because the people they interfered with were not well-connected, unlike the daughter of the famous poet Kamel Bensheikh, someone who instantly commands a wide audience. And the third outrage has to do with Facebook itself. How does Facebook explain its decision to remove the page of Kamel Bencheikh because it supposedly “incited hate,” though nothing in his post remotely resembled such incitement? The French government needs to look at what Facebook and other social media platforms censor, so far without oversight by anyone.

This “affaire de la jupe” may seem small, but in France it has loomed large, for it is one of those seemingly trivial events, whereby Muslims, little by little, attempt to impose their own rules on the larger society. In this case, thanks to the articulate apostate Kamel Bencheikh, such an attempt did not succeed. He’s in the driver seat, and the bus driver is not, and if the French political class and public have their way, that driver won’t ever be again.

Finland: Imam says “We Have no Extremists Here,” His Son-In-Law and Daughter Join ISIS

Finland: Imam says “We Have no Extremists Here,” His Son-In-Law and Daughter Join ISIS

APR 3, 2019 11:00 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER5 COMMENTS

Finnish authorities should investigate what Abdul Mannan teaches in this mosque, which they have no doubt taken for granted as being “moderate.” They would almost certainly be shocked at what they would find. But such an investigation is unlikely to be undertaken; it would be “Islamophobic.”

“MOT: Oulu imam’s son-in-law and business partner died in Isis ranks,” YLE, April 1, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A man who left Finland to join the terrorist group Isis was the son-in-law and business partner of the imam of the Oulu-based Islamic Society of Northern Finland, Yle’s investigative journalism programme MOT reported on Monday.

As part of a programme on terrorism fundraising in Finland, MOT journalists found that those who have left the country to join Isis earned money through a variety of illegal and legal means, ranging from tax fraud to running pizzerias.

One of them was Taz Rahman, a Bangladeshi-born man who joined Isis and was later reported to have died in Syria.

He had co-owned a business with Oulu Imam Abdul Mannan, who is also from Bangladesh.

According to leaked Isis documents, Rahman joined Isis in the summer of 2014 and went to Syria with his wife, the imam’s son.

Before his departure, Rahman ran two companies in Finland. One was a pizzeria that still operates in Helsinki. His former business partner declined to be interviewed, saying only that Rahman had failed to pay money he owed.

Rahman’s second business was registered as a food kiosk at the address of the Oulu mosque, located in a nondescript building a couple of blocks from the Lutheran Cathedral in central Oulu.

Mannan, who is an Islamic instructor, served as a deputy city councillor for the Social Democratic Party from 2012 to 2017. According to the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, Mannan moved to Oulu from Bangladesh in 1992 to study geology, earning a doctoral degree from the University of Oulu in 2002.
“He’s solely responsible”

Interviewed in English by MOT, Mannan denied several times that he personally knew anyone who had been radicalised.

“I know each and every person. We don’t have any extremists here,” he said in the interview, to be broadcast on Yle’s TV1 on Monday evening, and already viewable on its Areena web service.

Asked if he knew Rahman, Mannan replied, “I told you that I don’t want to answer these things, please.”

Pressed on the issue, he said, “He is my relative, my daughter’s husband, that’s all.”

MOT reports that Rahman and Mannan’s daughter went to Syria together in 2014, and that they had children together.

Mannan said he did not know that they were going before they left….

Mannan said he does not know whether his daughter is still in Syria, and has not heard from her in nearly two years.

“I told police; it is their responsibility to find out. Not only her, there might be some more Finnish nationals, so they are trying,” he said.

“All of them are members of this society,” he added. “So when they come back, they will be treated in a nice way. They will be rehabilitated and [we will] let them live a normal life. I hope it will work.”…

Swedish School Giving Classes to “Refugee Children” on How to “Pick Up Girls”

Swedish School Giving Classes to “Refugee Children” on How to “Pick Up Girls”

MAR 24, 2019 2:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER38 COMMENTS

What could possibly go wrong?

“Sweden rape: Most convicted attackers foreign-born, says TV,” BBC, August 22, 2018

One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“Swedish school introduces ‘pick up classes’ for ‘refugee children,’” Voice of Europe, March 21, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Over the past two years, Älmhult municipality in southern Sweden has received almost three hundred “unaccompanied refugee children”.

A large part of these “children” ended up at Haganäs School – the same school where the municipality now introduces a training course on how to pick up girls.

The training is part of several activities that may be tried out during a “feel good” day.

The municipality writes the following on its Facebook page:

“It is easier to cope with your schooling if you feel good, and by giving the students the opportunity to try out various health-promoting activities we hope to give them inspiration on how they can improve their health.”

The reactions to the municipality’s new venture have been mostly negative.

One person writes: “What a decadent example for other countries”.

Another points out that “It would be great if the indigenous population felt good too”.

Others laugh at the initiative and call it “The tie-dye witches’ paradise”.

Yet another says: “You arrange pick up courses with Swedish children and adult beard children from MENA countries. Eww and yikes, I just want to throw up”.

Independent journalist and sex and relationship expert Katerina Janouch writes on Twitter: “Given the insecurity of girls and women nationally plus increased sexual violence, Älmhult should invest in education on respect and that a no is a no – not pick up techniques. So many fools in Swedish municipalities.”…

Muslim “Journalist” in UK blames Geert Wilders for Utrecht Jihad massacre

Muslim “Journalist” in UK blames Geert Wilders for Utrecht Jihad MMuslim “journalist” in UK blames Geert Wilders for Utrecht jihad massacre

Many UK MSM journalists won’t know – since Geert Wilders spread Islamophobia across the Netherlands like a wildfire, Utrecht has been the centre of a number of PEGIDA riots and demonstrations against mosques and Muslim migration. #MuslimLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/HvYL8FDyd8— Mo Ansar (@MoAnsar) March 18, 2019

Netherlands: Converts to Christianity from Islam Get Threats “Every Single Day”

Netherlands: Converts to Christianity from Islam Get Threats “Every Single Day”

MAR 14, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER24 COMMENTS

Welcome to the new, multicultural Netherlands. This is a direct result of mass Muslim migration into Europe. Nor will these converts be able to rest easy anytime soon. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

“Muslim-turned-Christian refugees in the Netherlands face threats,” by Sjoukje Dijkstra, Crux, March 14, 2019:

Christian relief organizations in the Netherlands recently raised the alarm about the fact that Christian refugees in the country are being threatened or bullied on a regular basis, especially when they used to be Muslim. Three of these refugees were willing to share their story.

Faradoun Fouad: ‘I’m still getting threats every single day’

Faraidoun Fouad fled Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Once safely arrived in the Netherlands, he came into contact with Christianity.

“I converted in 1999,” he said. “In 2002 God called me to reach out to my own people. Directly after my conversion to Christianity I received the first threats. People who I thought were my friends, became my enemies.”…

“Even Muslims who are not very conservative told my wife that they would kill me,” Fouad said….

Even though he has been a Christian for twenty years and is married to a Dutch woman, he still gets threatened. Still, he cannot stop evangelizing.

“I receive threats every day. When I post something on Facebook, I often receive hateful reactions,” Fouad said.

Sometimes they call him, sometimes they text him. He has reported the threats to the police several times….

Esther Mulder: ‘My father told me I am no longer his daughter’

Esther Mulder used to be Muslim. In 1992 she fled Somalia together with her family and came to the Netherlands. At the age of fourteen her parents decided to marry her off. Mulder fled the house and lived on the streets for two years, going from one shelter to another. She married a Dutch man and came into contact with the Church through a friend.

She remembers the first time she came to church like it was yesterday: “I immediately felt welcome.”

At the same time, she felt guilty for even being in a church.

“I constantly looked around thinking: ‘What if one of my family members comes in or someone from Somalia?’…

“After my conversion, the threats started. Especially on Facebook. Most of the time they’re coming from other Somalis,” said Mulder. “They write to me in Somali, so no one else is able to understand what they’re saying. We once posted a picture of a Somali conference where everyone was standing in front of a cross. People didn’t like it and we received several threats. I was really sorry about that.”…

Still, it isn’t as it should be: “When I’m there, my father leaves the house,” she said. “The last thing he ever said to me, is that I’m no longer his daughter.”…

Brother Jassim: ‘I went to the police with eight pages full of threats’

Brother Jassim is originally from Morocco. He didn’t want to use his last name.

“My family lives in Morocco and could get in trouble over this,” he said.

He talks about his faith on his website as well as on YouTube. He used to do the same on Facebook until he got blocked. He said it happened because there are people wanting to silence him.

People call him names in public, but it doesn’t bother him. He said he feels freed since his conversion.

“In 2015 I became a Christian. I was baptized on April 24, 2016, on my birthday,” Jassim said…

“My mother taught me to respect everyone and to be kind. That was in stark contrast to what Islam was teaching me. I had to hate and curse Jews and Christians. Muhammed was my big role model, but his life was bad. He killed Jews and married a girl of six. How could he be my role model?”…

“I finally found peace in my heart, and now I’m honestly happy. I’m now also praying for my family members who are Muslim. When I was a Muslim myself, I wasn’t allowed to pray for my Christian partner or for my atheist friend.”

He printed out eight pages full of threats and took these to the police. Still, Jassim keeps on telling people about his faith. “The police advised me to delete my picture from my website. I prayed about it and the Lord told me to keep the picture, ‘for you belong to me.’ It’s strange isn’t it: I’m not doing anything wrong, why would I need to hide? I live in a free country.”

According to Jassim, he gets threatened especially because he is an ex-Muslim. “You’re seen as a heretic.”