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Switzerland: Saudi Hate Preacher Sparks Outrage Over Visit to Muslim Conference

Society & Culture  (tags: Switzerland, Muslims, Islam, Sheikh, Hate, children, gayrights, violence, women )

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The sheikh has made anti-Semitic remarks, insulted homosexuals & the Danish people, offered advice on wife-beating & is also known for declaring in a television interview that in the Muslim religion there is no minimum age for marriage of little girls

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Jay S (116)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:32 am
"A controversial Saudi preacher has been authorized to appear at the second annual conference of the Central Islamic Swiss Council (CCIS) in Fribourg next month over the objections of critics.

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The planned appearance of Sheikh Mohammed Al Arifi at the December 15th meeting has raised concerns because of inflammatory statements he has broadcast on YouTube and elsewhere.

The sheikh is alleged by critics to have made anti-Semitic remarks, insulted homosexuals and the Danish people and offered advice on wife-beating.

He is also known for declaring in a television interview that in the Muslim religion there is no minimum age for the marriage of a young girl, according to a spokesman for the Bern-based Swiss association of former Muslims.

Kacem El Ghazzali, the association’s president, told Le Matin he believed in freedom of expression but Al Arifi was a Salafist who preached violence and hatred.

The association and the Zurich-based Forum for democracy and human rights both issued a statement condemning the sheikh’s planned appearance at the Fribourg meeting.

The groups cited a case in which Al Arifi said on a programme on the Al Rissala channel in Saudi Arabia, financed by religious authorities, that western women married dogs and donkeys and that 54 percent of Danish women did not know who the fathers of their children were.

“We condemn racist and sexist declarations that violate the Swiss legal system,” the groups said.

The context of the sheikh’s remarks is not clear but in some of his YouTube videos he relates what purport to be funny stories.

The prefect of the Sarine district, the official in charge of approving meetings in Fribourg, gave approval for the CCIS to organize its annual conference in Fribourg.

But in a statement Car-Alex Ridoré issued directives calling for the meeting to abide by Swiss laws.

In particular, he drew attention to legislation banning racial discrimination, provoking the public to commit crimes or violence and attacks on the freedom of belief and religion.

Ridoré also transferred information about the planned Saudi preacher’s visit to the federal immigration department.

More than 1,500 people attended the CCIS's first conference in Bienne last year, which was held without major incident, attracting Muslims from Switzerland and outside the country."

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:57 am
Why do people listen to that sicko?

Carola May (20)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:50 am
Well, he has NOT said anything that Islam doesn't teach and since Islam is the only truth Orthodox Muslims cannot see why they should ever allow criticism (death in Islam) or apologise for anything of hate toward so many others that their prophet and his deity taught and commanded. So he is NOT 'wacky' but he is a true believing Orthodox Muslim preacher.

He is saying nothing that is not being preached in thousands of mosques around the world every day - of course, that isn't usually what they say to western media before the microphones and cameras. Then it is all about how 'peaceful' and 'tolerant' Islam is, despite all evidence to the contrary.

pam w (139)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:39 am
This is good! The more people who hear/learn of this disgusting man and his ideas....the better!

Jay S (116)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:34 am
Pam, Carola M is correct - this twit is saying nothing that is not Islamic teaching. You would think that it would be good for the ill informed westerners to hear this hateful ideology and see that the common 'peaceful, tolerant' Islam claims are bogus, but unfortunately there are just far too many westerners who refuse to believe that all religion doesn't teach love for neighbors, turn the other cheek, forgive those who harm you etc. Islam teaches the exact opposite of all of those things and is the only religion that does NOT teach the Golden Rule as Allah only commands Muslims to be kind to each other and treat non-Muslims with 'harshness', or kill them.

You have to wonder what it will take to wake these slumbering dreamers up.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:13 am
Why do we put up with the never ending insults and slurs from these people? Legalized pedophilia, execution of 'sorcerers', female genital mutilation, honor killings, death to 'infidels'. death to apostates- the list of abhorrent decrees and behaviors is endless. To object is 'racism'. 'bigotry', 'right wing fascism' etc.- this usually comes from educated people with no critical thinking skills within our own Western societies. The world has gone completely insane.

Hilary S (65)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 4:19 pm
wonder how the swiss will remain neutral on this one. it's always their favourite modus operandi.

Ira Herson (13)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:01 pm
Islamic Jihad, Coming to a town near you!

Beth S (330)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:41 pm
Absolutely, Stan. And why don't they show him to the door, permanently?

Giana P (398)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 11:24 pm
Noted. Disgusting human being.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:52 pm
Marc, here you got it all wrong.

The good thief has to pretend that he is a Sheik. Then he can still much more money. Then he can come to some kind person and tell him that he is a Sheik and needs a couple of hundreds/thousands of bucks for charity/jihad/widows/martyrs. This is much better business that stealing a few bucks from a passerby reading newspaper.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:36 pm
Gosh these people are SICK!!!!!!!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:28 pm
Well our feckless Governments are at fault for bowing and scraping to these sickos. No-one has the guts to stand up and take them on. We are the ones that will live to regret the day that Islam was allowed to rule ok.
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