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Warsaw Mosque Protest

Warsaw Mosque Protest

Warsaw mosque protest: Bhuddists Joins hands with skinheads against Muslims (via. Islamophobia-Watch)

On 27 March a previously previously unknown group, Europe of the Future, held a protest against the proposal to build a new mosque in Warsaw (see here and here).

A reader from Poland has drawn our attention to the rather bizarre fact that a Buddhist organisation played a leading role in the protest. The organisation is called Diamond Way and is headed by a Dane named Ole Nydahl. Our correspondent tells us that “members of the Diamond Way organisation were prominent in TV coverage of the demonstration against the mosque”.

Indeed, the Polish journalist Robert Stefanicki reports that Europe of the Future is headed by the former president of of Nydahl’s organisation in Poland. Stefanicki adds: “Other supporters of Europe of the Future are Mlodziez Wszechpolska (All-Polish Youths) – ultra right group with hardly hidden fascist attraction, as well as other islamophobic right wingers. Weird coalition, isn’t it?”

Ole Nydahl is apparently notorious for his anti-Muslim rhetoric. In a 2008 interview he was asked: “In your view, is there a redeeming value within the Abrahamic religions?” To which he replied:

“The Abrahamic religions, the ones that follow our constitution, treat women well, don’t blow up people … Judaism and Christianity are fine. Islam, I warn against. I know the Koran, I know the life story of Mohammad and I think we cannot use that in our society today. People like the Sufis and Bahá’ís are different, right. They are usually being killed as soon as the mainline Muslims come in, they start killing the other guys.”

Our Polish correspondent says they attended a lecture by Nydahl in Warsaw: “I had heard some comments previously that suggested that Nydahl held Islamophobic views, but I was frankly shocked as to the depth of his anger and hatred against Islam and Muslims, and the way he uses his position to preach much misinformation and factual inaccuracies regarding Islam and Muslims and to incite hatred against Islam amongst his followers.”

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  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Ole Nydahl sounds odd. There doesn’t seem to be much about him in English, but from what I’ve read he seems to straddle an odd line between traditional Tantric Buddhist lineages and a watered down, westernized form of Buddhism. Very odd. He certainly seems educated and travelled enough, but he also teaching an odd westernized form of Buddhism that strips away much of the ritual, culture and tradition. It’s hard not to view that as being somehow ashamed of the Tibetan heritage, perhaps even trying to usurp it.

    At the same time, he has many of the same traits that you see with the flaky types. Started (but did not finish) a PhD on Aldous Huxley. Smuggling marijuana. Even uses his position to help him chase skirts. Hardly behavior one should expect from a Buddhist, particularly a Vajrayana Buddhist.

  • Colin P

    Dear Martin K,

    Please would you care to send a deeper profile of Ole Nydahl?

    Best wishes,

    Colin (how do I send you a mail?)

  • TYO

    “No to Mosue, but they’ve no problem flooding Egypt and Syria and Lebanon to work there.”

    Interesting. Did not know they are a large population there. How large and are there similar problems in reverse? Polish churches being built and the locals in the Middle East protesting?

  • Martin K

    Ole Nydahl is a really hardcore norwegian loon, who is a gdmn Buddhistic master gone bad. He is reinterpreting Buddhism into an Ayn Randian “warrior ideology”. He has a lot of followersand is very scary. If ure interested in a deeper profile, send a mail.

  • http://blog.yellow-stars.com eslaporte

    This is the spread of the same Islamophobic rubbish that comes with wide-spread belief in the Islamification myth. The European public is in serious need to be presented with the facts, about the real size of Muslim communities in Europe and their own countries. For example, estimates in Poland range from 15-30,000 to the Pew Center’s 40,000 in a population of 38 million (World Bank). This is less than one percent of the Polish population. The whole notion of “counting Muslims” should be regarded as silly and without regarded to the facts about individuals and European Muslim communities, as well as a “bigot’s busywork.” It is also dehumanizing…

    This is how the Islamophobic foolishness goes: “Well mooslims are all from a backward, anti-democratic, culture that promotes violence. All mooslims are carriers of the dreaded sharia disease. so, the more mooslims, the more you have the dreaded sharia disease. The next thing you know, the mooslims will want daughter in a burqa. Yep, then they’ll want to cut your head off if you don’t comply. The GREAT sign of this is building mosques with minuets – and there will surly be radical imams lecturing in there, as all imams are radicals!”

    This stuff is silly and loony, but supposed rational people believe this nonsense. This is loony and does not compare with the research and data about European Muslim populations from the Open Society, Pew Center and Gallop.

    The European public needs to get real and be taught the facts about Muslims, that Islam is not radical in itself and that the vast majority of European Muslims live as productive and law abiding members of their communities. The third lesson that Europeans need to be taught is about the nature of living in a free society, which means tolerating people of different religious faiths. This means that living in a free society means living with a mosque in your city and women walking the streets with headscarves on their heads.

    You should also learn that the person who heads up this effort at building a Muslim community center in Warsaw (a doctor, with a family of his own) also intends to add a cultural center that is to be an asset to the Warsaw community. It will offer classes for children and religious dialogue meetings. Some people in Poland have offered money and help with the center – so there are some rational people in Poland.

    Again – this is about irrational fears about Muslims – Islamophobia – that comes with the spread of he Islamification myth. People across Europe are simply not being informed about the Muslim populations – and the result of this is seen in the unimpeded and unchallenged rise of Geert Wilders and the spread of Islamophobia. This Islamic cultural center will be a great asset to the Polish community around Warsaw and it is hoped that this can be the start of educating the public one the facts about European and Polish Muslims and away from the irrational foolishness that comes with the belief in the Islamification myth.

  • Dar

    Are these idiot Poles even aware that there were Turkic Muslims in eastern Europe centuries before there was even a Poland?

    No to Mosue, but they’ve no problem flooding Egypt and Syria and Lebanon to work there.

  • Adam

    This buddhist seems slightly less angry then your Robert Spencers and Pamela gellers. Maybe someone can talk tot him?

  • Adam

    Yeah that really sucks. IF he said he knows judaism and christianity, and then knows the quran, then clearly he does not if he thinks the teachings of those two are any different.

  • Ahmed

    ““The Abrahamic religions, the ones that follow our constitution, treat women well, don’t blow up people … Judaism and Christianity are fine. Islam, I warn against. I know the Koran, I know the life story of Mohammad and I think we cannot use that in our society today. People like the Sufis and Bahá’ís are different, right. They are usually being killed as soon as the mainline Muslims come in, they start killing the other guys.””

    Wow, I almost burst out laughing after I read that.

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