Europe Fights Islamophobia

Europe has decided to ban criticism of Islam equating it to Anti-Semitism (via Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Zaman Daily):

Anti-Islamism has been included in the text as a dangerous inclination that has to be fought against upon the insistence of Turkey at the historic summit that 46 Council members attended. The conclusion draft of the summit included the notion of “Islamophobia”. The inclusion of this notion in the European organizations’ documents for the first time is described as the success of Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan prioritized the issue on the agenda during his speech at the summit on May 16 and asked the Council to adapt effective mechanisms against anti-Islamism.

The 3rd Council of Europe summit has for the first time mentioned “Islamophobia” in the 9th paragraph of the Warsaw Declaration that was accepted on Tuesday, May 17. The Council has reached the following decisions regarding the issue: Condemnation of any kind of intolerance and discrimination based on gender, race and religious beliefs in particular, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, the fight against these within the framework of the Council of Europe and the use of effective mechanisms and rules to combat these problems.

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