|Upholds dhimmi laws which put Muslims above all others.|
Particularly spiteful little comment from the OIC ~ it compares the efforts to maintain civil laws and democratic freedoms, against a rising tide of Islam ~ to the conditions of the Jews in pre-WWII Europe. Couple of points, the Jews never attacked anyone, there was no jihad holy war against Europe concept in the Jewish mindset and there were no grand efforts to bring Europe under the Jewish Torah law.
The leader of the OIC stems from Turkey, where they wouldn't even admit they massacred around 2 million Christians at the turn of the 20th century.
It is very difficult for Muslims, the majority of whom come from countries where the religion is also the law of the land. In Europe and increasingly in the rest of the free world, we are saying religion is a private matter.
It likely does seem 'hateful' to Muslims to have their core identity rejected. The integration process is in getting Muslims to accept their new freedoms. Because, to have their religious laws, we could not guarantee the individual rights of others. Something of course, Muslim nations reject.
The leader of the world's largest Islamic organization has likened the rise of Islamophobia in Europe and the US as "the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s."
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), on Friday said xenophobia directed at Muslim immigrants was starting to have a definite effect, especially in Europe.
"I'm afraid that we are going through a process like the beginning of the '30s of the last century, when an anti-Semitic agenda became politically a big issue (together with) the rise of fascism and Naziism…. I think now we are in the first stages of such a thing," he said in an interview with AFP.
The Turkish head of the OIC further added that instead of combating this trend politicians are exploiting the issue to gain more popular support.
"What worries me is that political authorities or political parties, instead of stopping this, or fighting this, some of them are using this for their political ends, to gain more popular support in elections," he said.
Ihsanoglu went on to say that Europe must open its eyes to the reality of Islam.
"Europe has to understand the reality of Islam today, and the reality that Islam is not an alien religion of Europe. Islam is a European religion, and Europe has to come to terms with Islam," he added.
The OIC head pointed to the protests in the US against the "Ground Zero" Islamic center in New York City, to the anti-burqa movement in Europe, and to physical attacks on Muslims on both sides of the Atlantic.
In September, Amnesty International warned that "fear, discrimination and persecution against Muslims" is on the rise in the United States.
The report said US officials should take strong action against attacks targeting the country's Muslim community.