Tag Archives: Anti-Muslims

China War On Muslims Ignored By World

The Muslim world has reacted with silence over the continued persecution of Muslims in the western Xinjiang region where the government has cracked down on any attempt to further goals of Muslims for equality. The vast desert area bordering on central Asia contains more than eight million Muslim members of the ethnic Ughur population. According to the Procuratorial Daily, the Chinese government initially cracked down with severity in months leading up to last summer’s Olympic Games in order to avoid any evidence of dissident behavior in the nation. The paper estimates 1,296 people were arrested on suspicion of endangering state security during the first 11 months of 2008, and over one thousand have been placed on trial. Chinese authorities are trying to strike hard at the three forces of terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism.

The plight of Muslims living in western areas of China has gone relatively unnoticed on the part of the world Muslim press. Perhaps, it is too far away or it could be lack of knowledge which impairs tough minded investigation of Chinese policies toward minorities. Unlike the Tibetans, the Ughurs are not popular with the world press.

Pro Cologne Is Anti-Muslim!

A German organized group named Pro Cologne is holding a pan-European meeting of groups which oppose the presence of Muslim in their nations. The rally this week is aimed at fighting the “Islamic and Immigrant Invasion of Europe.” In particular, Pro Cologne is extremely hostile to a decision by the city of Cologne to allow construction of a mosque in the city. Rafet Ozturk, of the DITiB Turkish Islamic Union, pleased “it is high time that people in Germany raise their voices to support dialogue and peaceful coexistence and take a stand against injustice, racism and extremism.” Leftist groups are planning protests against Pro Cologne and will place placards around the city urging “dialogue and tolerance instead of aggression and fear.”

Many Islamic countries have urged the European Union to halt Pro Cologne from meeting. Unfortunately, these nations are most probably unable to grasp that repression and forbidding free speech only encourages hate and fear. Ironically, Iran called on the EU to halt a meeting which fosters hate. Perhaps, the Iranian government might spend some time dealing with its own human rights abuses before seeking to spread fear and anger toward those who oppose governments.