Dutch draft law to monitor imams’ sermons

The Dutch parliament is currently debating a draft law presented by the government on combating Islamic radicalism, including a TV show to monitor sermons delivered by imams.

The controversial measure drew rebuke from a prominent Dutch Muslim scholar who told IslamOnline.net it would deepen Muslim isolation in the country.

According to the 32-item measure, one mosque sermon would be televised each week without the prior knowledge of the imam. It would then be debated by the programme’s guests.

Minister of Immigrants and Integration Rita Verdonk told parliament the aim of this program is to draw the attention of young Dutch of foreign origin to the grave consequences of religious extremism.

Islam Online, 3 July 2005