Dutch justice minister OK with Islamic law in Netherlands

The Netherlands’ justice minister says he would welcome Islamic law, or Sharia, to his European nation if the majority of his people vote for it. Piet Hein Donner wants the Netherlands to give Muslims more freedoms to behave according to their traditions, reported the NIS News Bulletin, a Dutch online publication as long as there was no violation of Dutch and any other civilized law. Tension between traditional Dutch society and the country’s 1 million Muslims has heightened since the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh two years ago by a Muslim who warned of further reprisal against the “enemies of Islam.” Muslims were angered by Van Gogh’s film “Submission,” which centered on violence against women in Islamic societies.

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