UTRECHT/THE HAGUE - The VVD [Dutch liberals, keep in mind in Europe "liberals" are still considered center right - MFBB] asks questions in the Lower House to Minister Van der Laan (Integration) about the installation of two separated counters for men and women in a mosque. The City Council of Utrecht says that it only subsidizes the counters in the Omar Al Farouk mosque in the Overvecht neighborhood.
The city emphasizes that the separated counters are an initiative of the Stiza and Ward organizations, heavily involved in the two Overvecht mosques. The two counters are partly financed with the so-called "Vogelaar funds" originally intended for neglected immigrant neighborhoods [former Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar, so insanely multiculti she had to resign, even in The Netherlands! - MFBB]. According to the City Council, these are only "wave through counters". City-issued folders are however available. The counters are meant to better inform mosque visitors (read: muslim immigrants) about city services. They are, so say those behind the project, meant for all inhabitants of the neighborhood. One of the counters is situated (temporarily) in the mosque. The other one (for the women) is next to it. The VVD protests the idea that the State is encouraging segregation between men and women. Moreover, the liberals think that church and state must remain separated.
GeenStijl concludes (in its trademark satirical style):
Anyway, the new counter will be in the Omar al Farouk mosque, and to have men and women standing together in one queue, no, that won't fly. That's why two counters will be built, so that men are not unnecessarily confronted with persons from the weak gender. And of course The Sponge [meant is one of the two muslim organizations, thriving on ample leftist-doctored "community outreach funds" - MFBB] calls it a Big Success. The next step is probably forced wearing of a burqa and in five years girls cannot attend school anymore in Utrecht. Emily Davison spins in her grave.
Emily Davison is the British woman who threw herself under a King George V's horse during the 1913 Epsom Derby in order to call attention to the suffragettes' fight for equal rights for women.
This is no isolated incident. At the request of a muslim "comedian", a Dutch theater in Rotterdam where he is to perform, Theater Zuidplein, has offered separate seats for men and women. Rotterdam, Europes biggest port, is, as you may or may not know, the first major European city with a muslim mayor. In rather shady circumstances, Ahmed Aboutaleb, who refuses to give up his dual Moroccan-Dutch nationality, landed in early January 2009 in Rotterdam's mayoral seat.
Both the mayor of Utrecht, Aleid Wolfsen, and the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, are members of the Dutch socialist party PvdA.
But, I suspect this does not really surprise anybody.