Or should the headline read: Islamophobia is rampant in the PS and they LOVE it?
Two members of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) Salo city board said in a statement that the Muslim religion is incompatible with our Nordic welfare state values. The statement by the PS of Salo, a city located 114km west of the capital Helsinki, comes after the city board approved 10-3 a zoning change to allow the construction of a mosque in the city.
According to the statement, the PS said that it was a bad idea to build the mosque near a child care center.
Using the usual crime statistics to drive home their Islamophobic views, the PS of Salo said:
Research by the National Research Institute of Legal Policy show (sic!) that migrants from the Middle East and North Africa are 16 times overrepresented in rape statistics. Muslim values promote social inequality of women and of other religions. These values are unacceptable to the Perussuomalaiset.
Unacceptable values?! What about toxic values like bigotry and limiting religious freedom?
With such stands and statements by the PS of Salo, the anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam party continually sticks its foot in the mouth and contradicts itself.
The eeriest matter about such Islamophobic stands not the PS itself, but the near-silence of the rest of society condemning such anti-democratic views. What kind of a monster would we create if we permitted the PS to decide what religions are compatible with our way of life and those which are not?
Its leader, Timo Soini, who is a devout Catholic, believes that religious freedom is an important value he personally supports.
So how does the Salo PS statement sit with what Soini believes? It doesn’t. Welcome to the strange world of the PS.
Islamophobia is rampant in the PS as this statement (in Finnish) proves.
Migrant Tales spoke in January 2013 to Hannu Niemi, a Justice Ministry researcher who does research on migrant crime, admitted that crime rates by immigrants have been exaggerated by the media and some political parties to gain attention and label whole groups.
Niemi said that the number of rape crimes committed by immigrants is 1-2 per 1,000 inhabitants.
As the PS statement clearly shows, bigotry and racism have become the norm in some circles in Finland.
A statement like ‘not in line with our values’ is ample proof that the PS are the menace to those Nordic welfare state values we cherish.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.