Posts Tagged ‘citizens’
Most of Europe’s Muslims want to live in mixed communities, not segregated neighbourhoods, a new report says.
The work by the Open Society Institute (OSI), an independent think-tank, looked at the social integration of Muslims in 11 West European cities…
The report says religious discrimination remains a critical barrier to their participation in European society, and the situation has worsened in recent years…
Nazia Hussein, who supervised the work, says many Muslims are still seen as outsiders.
“The majority of Muslims that we’ve spoken to across 11 cities feel very strongly attached to their neighbourhood and city, they feel quite strongly attached to their country,” she told the BBC. “But at the same time they don’t believe that their fellow countrymen or the wider society sees them as either German or French or English…”
New laws forbidding the wearing of visibly religious symbols or clothing in schools have had a detrimental impact, it says…
City authorities were “fighting residential segregation”, it acknowledged, but educational segregation remains a problem.
The authors conclude that social segregation does matter, but it is of most concern to Muslims themselves.
One of the most interesting points – indicating who is really trying to build a new society – was the success of cities trying to foster an inclusive city identity.
RTFA for more of the points covered.
The Rhode Island state Senate has passed legislation allowing “domestic partners” the right to claim each others bodies and arrange funerals.
The bill would apply to both homosexual and heterosexual couples, defining domestic partners as those in an “intimate, committed and exclusive relationship,” The Providence Journal reported Wednesday.
Gay marriage is now legal in four of the six New England states with New Hampshire and Rhode Island the holdouts. A number of other bills have been introduced in Rhode Island to either ban gay marriage or extend partnership or marriage rights to homosexuals, but the all except the funeral bill remain stalled in committee.
During legislative hearings on the bill earlier this year, Mark Goldberg described spending weeks trying to arrange the release of his longtime partner’s body for cremation. He said state officials refused because he and Ron Hanby were neither related nor legally married until a state Department of Human Services employee went to bat for him.
“I felt as if I was treated not as a second-class citizen, but as a non-citizen,” Goldberg said.
How can some of these bureaucrats justify their pitiful existence? The biggest and best favor they could give the state is – NOT coming to work.
Leaders of the Bund of Brothers
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The Israeli Knesset has approved a preliminary reading of a bill that would outlaw calls for the end of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
The measure, approved 47-37, was sponsored by Habayit Hayehudi party MK Zevulun Orlev and calls for the year-long imprisonment of anyone making public comments that would “cause an act of hatred, scorn or disloyalty to the state,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
The bill came hard on the heels of another measure proposed this week by Yisrael Beiteinu MK Alex Miller that seeks to outlaw commemorating Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning, as many Palestinians and some Israeli Arabs do now…
MK Afo Agbaria told the Post, “The State of Israel has declared jihad on the Arab population. Israel is gradually becoming an apartheid state. I won’t be surprised if in the future the Netanyahu-Lieberman government imposes additional restrictions on Arab citizens, including forbidding the use of the Arabic language.”
No surprise. How sad it is to say this.
This is a long editorial piece by Cinaedh – one of our regular visitors.
I’m not reprinting the whole work here. What I’d like folks to do is drop by his own blog and read it through and comment over there. He’s thoughtful and filled with a special perspective on truth and justice that adds insight to his writing. Insight that many of us haven’t had a chance to develop.