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Sweden Democrats politician was expelled from party after saying ‘a mosque is just a building’

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Sweden Democrats politician was expelled from party after saying ‘a mosque is just a building’

Radio Sweden reports that since the last general election in 2010, when the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats were elected to parliament for the first time, 30 members have been forced to leave the party.

Some of these have been high-profile individuals, such as Erik Almqvist, the MP who came under fire after a video emerged of him engaging in drunken racist abuse. As a result, Almqvist was forced to resign both his parliamentary seat and his party membership – and was then promptly rehired by the Sweden Democrats as a media consultant.

Other Sweden Democrats politicians who embarrassed the party leadership have been treated rather less kindly. Radio Sweden spoke to Lennart Carlström, who was elected as a Sweden Democrats representative to the local council in Härnösand in 2010. He was expelled from the party last year.

Carlström says that he agreed with tough controls over immigration but fell out with the party over his view that migrants already living in Sweden should be treated fairly, along with his rejection of the anti-Muslim hysteria that characterises the Sweden Democrats’ propaganda.

Carlström publicly stated that it he had nothing against children of migrant families receiving lessons in their mother tongue. “Young people shouldn’t lose their language just because they are immigrants,” he explains. “People maybe thought that my views were too liberal on this issue.”

A comment he made about mosques also contributed to his expulsion from the party. “I said that a mosque was just a building,” says Carlström.

If you’re a Sweden Democrats politician you can state that Muslims have no right to practise their faith in your town, or call for Islam to be banned and its adherents deported, and you won’t have a problem with the party leadership. But suggest that a mosque is an ordinary place of worship and you’re out.

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I don’t know if he didn’t know the type of party, but perhaps he was mistaken about the extent of their fascist tendencies or his own and revised his thinking. I hope that is the case.

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    I have a feeling he didn’t know what type of party it was when he joined it. Either that or he was just beginning to realize how ridiculous they were.

  • JD

  • Heinz Catsup

    He was thinking logically. But I guess such a thing must fly out the window when it comes to Muslims or other potential ethnic/religious minorities which may be deemed problematic.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Well, I don’t know why this character was in the SD to begin with but I’m glad he spoke out on what is a simple fact that shouldn’t be hard for people to accept. Also it seems the popularity of the SD is growing especially amongst blue collar workers.

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