Hague: Radical mosque now more moderate

Hague: Radical mosque now more moderate

The messages spread by the as-Soennah mosque in the Hague have been moderated by the influence of a new administration. The mosque also distanced itself since then from the use of violence, mayor Jozias van Aartsen wrote on Monday in response to questions by the VVD and SP parties. According to Van Aartsen, the AIVD (Dutch intelligence) has gotten to the same conclusions.

Van Aartsen told the municipal council that "we determine that the tone and context of the sermons in the recent period have been adjusted and that the spokespeople and imam of the mosque have expressed themselves more moderately in public." The new mosque administration started work in June, 2008.

Imam Sheik Fawaz Jneid has been criticized in the past, among other things, for cursing Theo van Gogh in a sermon. That happened several weeks before the director's murder. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was also criticized by the imam.

Source: Telegraaf (Dutch)

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