Arabist Hans Jansen is accusing SNS bank of using Islamist propaganda on their site. I bring here the letters which were sent back and forth, as brought on the Dutch Hoeiboei blog.
I have put about ***** euro in savings by you. I see on your site Islamist propaganda: A woman in a type of headscarf which doesn't refer to a liberal form of Islam. Already before that you had on your site an Arab looking young man with a Muslim extremist beard showing the clients the soles of his feet, a standard insult in the Muslim world. It's known that Islamic schools commit fraud and for example pay for trips to Mecca with their entrusted money, according to recent news. [ed: I know of only one such school]. The last big Islamic bank, BCCI, went under with a fraud of millions. Have you become an Islamic bank? Did you hire an Islamic advertising agency? The trust in a bank is vulnerable, do you know that? Wouldn't it be better if a bank, just like the government, was religion neutral?
Dear Mr. Jansen,
Thank you for your email of July 28, where you stte that you don't appreciate that our site has a Muslim woman with a headscarf.
This was a deliberate choice of SNS Bank. We are a bank for everybody and our clients are then also a reflection of society. SNS Bank does not differentiate. For us everybody is equal and we wanted to show that. It is your right to think differently. It would be regretful if you decide to terminate your account. I respect your choice.
It's not only a Muslim woman. It's a Muslim woman whose clothing represents a political choice, and a particular interpretation of Islam. That you don't know that is dangerous and sad. What else don't you know yet? You wrongly write that I'll terminate my account. You still owe me interest. Your announcement that your bank makes no differentiation is certainly far from the truth. Would you place on your site pictures of girls who belong to the Black Stocking Church? Your implication that I do make a differentiation, in other words discriminate, is insulting.
With all due respect,
Source: Hoeibei, SNS Bank (Dutch)