Friday, January 27, 2012

Islam and the West
27 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Jonathan Laurence on How to Integrate Europe’s Muslims

By Jonathan Laurence

January 23, 2012

In Britain, for example, race-based equality laws protected Sikhs and Jews as minorities, but not Hindus and Muslims, since they were still considered “foreign.” Granting Muslims full religious freedom wouldn’t remove obstacles to political participation or create jobs. But it would at least allow tensions over Muslims’ religious practices to fade. This would avoid needless sectarian strife and clear the way for politicians to address the more vexing and urgent challenges of socioeconomic integration. -- Jonathan Laurence

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