“The religious duty weighs heavier than the obligation to comply with legal rules in the Netherlands.”
A new ruling by a judge in the Hague has ominous implications for the containment of Islamization in the Netherlands. This is the first case I’ve seen in which an official judgment explicitly states that religious obligations carry a greater weight than the law of the land.
Here’s a summary of the case, sent in by a Dutch reader:
I would like to share the following snippet of information with you about a recent Dutch court ruling, if you haven’t already heard about this.
The law has to make way for religious duties. This is, in summary, a recent ruling of a cantonal judge in The Hague, Netherlands. We now fear that judges will be overwhelmed with cases for which they have to take a position as imam, rabbi or priest.
The cantonal judge in The Hague decided not to prosecute a Jewish orthodox man, who hadn’t been able to identify himself on Saturday 8th of October in Rijswijk, Netherlands, because he is not allowed to carry anything outside his home, so also no form of identity card. He had faced a €150 fine.
As a result of this ruling, ritual slaughter, wearing the veil, marrying off underage girls and even honor killings can be justified as a ‘religious duty’.
“The religious duty weighs heavier than the obligation to comply with legal rules in the Netherlands,” according to press judge Elkerbout. This fundamental ruling may have serious consequences for other religions. Professor Herman Loonstein: “Take the prohibition of the veil. It could happen that female Muslims will take this ruling to postulate that they don’t break the law, because the veil is considered a religious duty.”
(The original article in De Telegraaf.)
Update: The text of the above summary has been amended slightly (concerning the fine) at the request of the correspondent who sent it, to make it more accurate.