Christian Union Senator Roel Kuiper wants to amend the Dutch constitution to include a ban on Sharia, Islamic law. Senator Kuiper made his statement in an interview with newspaper Trouw.
The Christian Union politician wants to ban Islamic law because it is "not rooted in principles which form part of Dutch culture. Our rights, the way we treat each other, our norms of good and evil have all been molded by Christianity."
Mr Kuiper argues that Islamic law is still grounded in retaliation, while the laws of a democratic constitutional state are geared toward forgiveness, correction and reconciliation. "Our laws are not based on 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Our legal system applies the law, but knows reconciliation must follow."
Senator Kuiper also wants to regulate the flow of money from Arab countries to Dutch mosques. The Christian Union politician says these measures are necessary "to take the Islam debate in the Netherlands a step forward". Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders has enthusiastically welcomed Senator Kuiper's proposal. "Sharia is based on the Qur'an. So this means an end to head scarves, halal food, the Qur'an etc."
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