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- We thought we belonged here

- We missed a chance to talk together after the murder of Theo Van Gogh, says R. Kazanci. Today he wonders if he has lost his homeland.


R. Kazanci is spokesman for the Mevlana Mosque in Rotterdam. After the murder of Theo Van Gogh, he has spent much of his time showing non-Muslims around the beautiful building. For it was not just condemnation and attempted arson that met the mosque in the months that followed. Suddenly, interest in Islam in Dutch society was palpable.

- They ask us openly: is Islam really the enemy of the western world? I tell them that what Muslims do does not always have anything to do with Islam. When Protestants kill Catholics, or vice versa, in Northern Ireland, no one thinks this is due to an underlying hate message. . .

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