Dutch Politician Proposes Ban On Dogs In Hague As “Unclean” Under Islam

We have previously seen stories of the banning or threatening dogs by Muslims who believe that all dogs are “unclean” and an afront to Islam. Now, Hasan Küçük, a Turkish-Dutch representative on The Hague city council for the Islam Democrats, has called for all dogs to be banned from The Hague, the third-largest city in the Netherlands.

It is the latest incident of an increasing number of confrontations between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities over dogs. In Catalonia, Spain, the large Muslim community is demanding the regulation of dogs to prevent them from “offending Muslims” in public areas. In England, Muslim taxi drivers have refused to take seeing eye dogs accompanying blind people. Blind citizens in England have been barred from restaurants and buses so their companion dogs would not offend Muslims. Even the use of a picture of a dog was opposed as offensive.

The Dutch confrontation was triggered by a measure by the Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren) to make the city more dog friendly. Küçük responded by demanding that the keeping of a dog be made a crime.

Muslims make up more than 12% of the city’s population of 500,000.

The campaign against dogs pits principles of religious accommodation against principles of pluralism. In this case, the Islamic value would require the loss of freedom for non-Muslim citizens by restricting or banning their dogs in public. Bans should be an easy question in that there are many public displays that may offend religious sensibilities. Families may raise their children according to their faiths but must accept that they live within a pluralistic community. Just as many of us objected to be ban on Burqas in France (which were viewed as offensive to women), these bans are equally wrongheaded. The more difficult questions come in areas of contact. For example, in England, police have been told that bomb sniffing dogs can come into contact with luggage but not the persons of Muslim passengers.

I view these proposals as inimical to a pluralistic society and also contradict principles of separation of church (or Mosque) and state. It will be interesting, however, as the anti-dog views of some Muslims become more known, whether there is an increase in tort actions based on the negligence of businesses or agencies in allowing contact with dogs by Muslims.

Source: Stonegate as first seen on Reddit

47 thoughts on “Dutch Politician Proposes Ban On Dogs In Hague As “Unclean” Under Islam”

  1. A Muslim Turk moves to the Netherlands, and demands that the native-born ban dogs because they offend his religion. It is as if my Jewish ancestors had moved to New York and demanded that pork be banned from all the meat markets (and not just Jewish ones) because, after all, pigs are unclean.

    I think the New Yorkers of that day would have told my ancestors to go back to Russia, and they’d have been right to do so. It is not mandatory that an immigrant adapt to all the ways of his new country, but he has no right to demand that the natives change their ways to conform to his religious views.

    Islamist supremacism is cognate to Christian Dominionism; both are dangers to a free society like ours. I do not know how we tell which immigrants from Muslim countries are tolerant and willing to adapt to Western society, and which are likely to try to impose Islamic values on those of us who don’t want them – but I would certainly like to prevent the latter from immigrating here, because they spell trouble.

  2. Assimilation seems to be a greater challenge for some than others. To me, in America, it means they need to try harder. Patience is great, but we all did it, why can’t you?

  3. I have joined the Party for the Animals: Partij voor de Dieren. Tomorrow.
    My human pal (none dare call him an owner) and yours truly, are back to Europe for two weeks. We will be staying with some gypsies for two days in Belgium. We will bark back to ya.

  4. TalkinDog
    The reason your story has to be “bought” is that some readers are narrow minded, who have no references other than the American way of life. They don’t know that multi-kulti social conditions in Europe leads to creative strife and bandering with nicknames.
    We don’t picket proposed mosque sites. And they, considerately don’t have outcrys of call to prayer—–although the Catholic church insists on tolling its bells a block away.

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