Frequently Asked Questions
1. Muslims in Poland are a small minority, are you not exaggerating the threat?
We do not exaggerate the threat because we never stated that it is immediate and at the present time high. A careful observer of processes in Western countries, however, can see that at the beginning of the formation of the problem there was a stage of small communities of migrants from Muslim countries. The sooner one takes appropriate actions, the easier it will be to manage the situation.
On the other hand, the extreme right and left in Poland also currently do not represent a great danger, they are however the point of interest to many NGO’s. Bragging about activity against some totalitarian movements and criticising activity levelled at other such movements is inconsistent.
2.Your statements only mask your Islamophobia.
Firstly, the term is not specified and there are communities of Islamists who perceive any criticism of Islam from the point of view of separation of religion and state (secularisation) as Islamophobic attacks and hate speech. Secondly, it is difficult for us to prove that we are not a camel, the weight of evidence is the duty of the other side.
We invite you to look at our articles, our support for Muslim reformers or even out position on the construction of the Ahmaddiya mosque in Warsaw’s district Włochy. More often we encounter the other extreme criticism – that we are too naive towards Muslims.
3. Is the cause of weakness of Europe the moving away from Christian values and is a return to them going to ensure protection against Islamisation?
We believe that it is the centuries long process of secularization which, among other things, gave momentum to Europe and led to its heyday.
Currently, we rather have a problem with the postmodern relativism of values, which undermined Europe’s versatility of ideas contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Paradoxically, it was Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun, writing about stages of development of civilisation, where he described the period in which Europe is now, when the members of the civilisation cease to be proud of its achievements and become overly self-critical.
On the other hand one should not deny the input in the contemporary Europe of the Judeo-Christian ideas and also classical Greek philosophy, which with the small group of Muslim philosophers came to our continent.
4.Why are you infringing the right to freedom of religion?
We do not prohibit anyone from practicing Islam. Our activities are not aimed at its spiritual layer but at its political and social influence. It is not the issue of building mosques and practicing prayers in them, but attempts at introducing regulations of public life based on the Islamic religious law.
In addition, it should be noted that calling a group religious should not be a protection against verification by the society and the State. For example in Germany activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir are prohibited. It is admittedly a political party but also expresses some Islamic religious aspirations. There are Islamic clerics, such as sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, to whom refers Muslim League in Poland, and who is banned from entry to the United Kingdom and Ireland because of the threat to the security of those countries. Again The Polish Constitution, art. 53, lists restrictions to the freedom of religion, due to concerns about national security, public order, health, morals or the rights and freedoms of others.
5. Not all Muslims are terrorists
At this point we will not state, according to the traditional saying, that „most of terrorists are Muslim”. We can not verify accuracy of this statement.
We hold that it is not the core issue. More so the term „war on terrorism” has warped the perception of the enemy. Today’s Islamists say: „I am not a terrorist, leave me alone”, what, for most journalists, politicians and scientists, is sufficient. In truth, such connections are difficult to prove, often they truly don’t exist. Islamism however, similarly to Communism, to spread was using not only arms and militant organisations but also ideology and funds, taking advantage of naivety of the West.
Terrorism is a serious threat but secret service deals with it, hopefully efficiently. On the other hand what remains outside the sphere of interest of these services is the ideology of Islamism and it should be opposed because it is the same threat to Western democracies as terrorism. Only recently we heard from leaders of some Western countries that multiculturalism has died. Hopefully they began to attach importance not only to the activities of militant Islamism but also to its ideology.