Sweden has long denied claims that the influx of Muslims is negatively affecting the country, but the recent near-miss in the establishment of an official Islamist political party is hard to ignore.
A Muslim-led political party called “Jasin” had a filing rejected, denying the party official recognition in Sweden, according to Varlden Idag. The reason for the rejection was not the Islamists that had begun to take over the party, but missing paperwork, reportedly left unsubmitted because of internal party conflict over whether they should be advocating to impose theocratic rule via Shariah law. That alone is a bit unsettling, of course, and the party is going to appeal, or re-submit at a later date, according to Jasin Spokesman Mehdi Hosseini, after a major overhaul of the party platform.
Hosseini represents moderate, secular, westernized Muslims, and he hopes the Jasin party will as well, at least going forward. The party’s conflicts, leading to the failure to submit proper documentation, resulted in the party’s leader, an imam, to resign, which suggests that the Islamists were not just rank and file, but operating at the highest level of authority within the party. According to Hosseini, “Our goal is to make the situation of people in Sweden better, not to introduce sharia law,” offering a refreshingly frank answer when asked whether others in the party did want to introduce shariah; “Yes.”
Given Sweden’s official stance that everything is fine, despite reports of riots and upticks in crime, having a Muslim political figure come out and say what all of Europe continues to deny could be a huge step forward in having the threat of imposed Islamic theocracy taken seriously by the political left.
The rise of popular support for a theocratic state in Erdogan’s Turkey, coupled with increasing reports of community-enforced Shariah neighborhoods across the refugee-laden EU makes the prospect of a radical Islamist party being officially recognized in Sweden terrifying.
In the wake of Jasin’s radicalist scare, Hosseini explained an abrupt about-face for the party’s fundamental purpose, demonstrating what virtually everyone on the right has been looking for from immigrant Muslim communities and their representatives; moderate, secular views, aligned with western ideals of governance and liberty. Hosseini explains the change:
In the past we wrote that we would be a party for” everyone from the eastern world “, now we want to be a party for everyone in Sweden. It is not only immigrants who live in difficult situations, but also Swedes. We want to get rid of poverty from everyone.
Additionally, Hosseini said the party would be severing ties to Islam in its policy positions. Despite the fact that the party founders were Muslim, he insists on a secular political stance going forward, opening up even the leadership position to, “Anyone who approves our statutes, and does not have radical thoughts, may become party leaders. It can be a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew,” concluding, “But it should be a person who burns for Sweden.” It’s a bit unexpected, but an anti-Islamist Muslim saying, basically, “Make Sweden Great Again” is a big win for rational immigration and naturalization policy.
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