Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dutch intolerance and misogyny

If this was in a Muslim country, the story would have attained front-page prominence:  "This may mean turning to an unlikely bedfellow—SGP, an orthodox Calvinist party best known for opposition to such modern horrors as female election candidates, gay teachers in Christian schools and Sunday trading. Mr Rutte and Mr Wilders hope to secure support from the SGP, which holds the seat they need, based on shared attitudes towards immigration restrictions, economic reforms and budget cuts. But that may not be enough. Perhaps anticipating this outcome, ahead of the Senate elections the government opted to keep the country’s obsolete blasphemy law and, earlier, dropped plans to allow widespread opening of shops on Sunday." (thanks Khelil)