Bill Halting Spread of Islamic Schools Causes Controversy

November 14, 2003

Source: Radio Netherlands

On November 14, 2003 Radio Netherlands reported, "It probably won't win a majority in parliament, but a bill on halting the rapid spread of Islamic schools is causing uproar here in the Netherlands. The bill's been tabled by the right-wing VVD party, one of the partners in the ruling coalition, and support seemed to come from an unexpected corner: not from the main government party, the Christian Democrats of prime-minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, but from the left wing Labour opposition, during whose time in government many of the Islamic schools were actually set up."