It begins with this. “Last Saturday’s meeting established the Finnish Islamic Party, which intends to gather 5000 signatures for their registration by the end of the year. The party already intends to place candidates in next years municipal elections around the capital.”
If there was ever a wake up call for the Finnish “fence sitting” Left, it’s this.
“The intention is also to participate in the 2011 parliament elections, says party spokesman, Abdullah Tammi. Party members are only a few dozen. The party platform includes the eliminating of alcohol from stores, the freeing of Muslims from school curriculum’s that contradicts Islam.”
Also of equal importance:
We believe that we’ll get into the Parliament, there is 55 000 Muslims in Finland, we believe that we’ll get many thousands of voter support, Tammi predicts.”
It sounds like these Muslims are over inflating their numbers here, like CAIR does in the US. In any case, this represents the first time that Finnish Muslims, and Muslims living in Finland –the latter are able to vote in municipal elections if they have a permanent residence– are starting to raise their profile. I will look with expectation on reporting more about this group in the future. *L* KGS
Update: I am reminded of a recent story of Muslims actively proselytizing in the streets of Helsinki, and recognized a familiar name Abdullah Tammi (Finnish convert Risto Tammi), from the Islam Aika Society. IMHO, it’s only a matter of time before the Leftists join hands with this group to help them get into parliament, all in the name of multiculturalism.
But then again, Leftists here in Finland are well known for their affection for hard booze. A trait they share with their ideological cousins to the east.
Update: The Baron forwards me the following link. Here is more info on what this party wants to implement in Finland. About changing school’s to suit Islam, Abdullah Tammi offers these pearls:
“That Muslim children wouldn’t have to attend music classes or trips to the swimming hall, which according to Tammi, go against Islam. In addition, the Islamic party wants halal (ritual animal killing) and male circumcision to be given legal status. Tammi was asked if the party wants in the long run, sharia law (Islamic law) in Finland.”
“That would be great“, said Tammi. He observed that the law’s purpose was to prevent crime” According to Tammi, the party isn’t seeking powers of position. Also the group isn’t connected to any international Muslim organizations, but being the product of Finnish needs.
In the press meeting, the party members were Finnish born, but the supporter group intends to enlist all ethnic groups.”
Well well, existing Finnish laws are not good enough for the Islamists, and I doubt very seriously that they would reject a position of power if it ever came their way. *L* KGS