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The Sweden Democrats want to map Islamism

Published 3 December 2023
- By Editorial Staff
In recent months, Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has gone on the offensive against political Islam.

The Sweden Democrats want to map the “Islamist currents” in Sweden, says party leader Jimmie Åkesson.

The SD leader says that it is currently difficult to know how widespread Islamism actually is in Swedish society and that this needs to be clarified.

In a debate article in the Bonnier-owned Dagens Nyheter, Åkesson says that he and his party now want to act to map Islamism in Sweden – but how this would work in practice is somewhat unclear.

By “Islamist,” Åkesson refers to Muslims who “put Islam above democratically established laws and individual freedom,” and further states that “problematic values” are spread and normalized in Swedish mosques.

According to the SD leader, “political Islam” is the main problem that needs to be fought. Åkesson does not want the Koran or other sacred Muslim writings to determine how Sweden’s laws should be designed or used to control people’s lives.

But Victoria Enkvist, associate professor of constitutional law at Uppsala University, disagrees and says that such a survey is not legally possible. She points out that Åkesson’s definition of Islamism is unclear and vague, and that both the Constitution and the Discrimination Act would prevent such a survey.

– You can’t have a law that only applies to Muslims, in this case it should apply to political views and all religious groups, she argues.

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