The Protestant Church in the Netherlands on Monday officially condemned the antisemitic statements made by Martin Luther. This is the first time the church does so.
VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra forced one of his parliamentarians, Sjoerd Potters, to withdraw a legislative proposal on the status of religious organization in the Netherlands. According to Zijlstra, the bill "does not suit the VVD vision"
Despite empty churches, roughly 50 percent of Dutch still find religious ceremony important when it comes to weddings, funerals and baptisms, according to a study done by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). Between 1990 and 2008 there was hardly any change in how Dutch people value religious ceremonies.
The public prosecution office in the Netherlands demanded that Bart van U. serve an eight-year prison sentence and mandatory psychiatric treatment for the murders of his sister, Lois, and former health minister Els Borst. In its closing argument, the prosecution pushed for two manslaughter convictions instead of murder, saying that Van U. “was of a greatly diminished mental capacity” at the time of the crimes.
The suicide bombings in Brussels on Tuesday hit Muslims in the Netherlands just as hard as everyone else, but with the addition that they also have to worry about retaliation. Several Muslim organizations are organizing a peace rally in Amsterdam on Friday, to show solidarity and support for Brussels and Belgium.
Christian parties feel bullied in the lower house of Dutch parliament. Both the CDA and ChristenUnie decided they've had enough of the liberal crusade against Christian traditions. This crusade, according to them, is led by the D66.
A large majority of the Dutch populations thinks that religion should not be a determining factor within society. Politics in particular should be religion-free, but education too can do with less religion, according to KRO's study God in the Netherlands
The Public Prosecutor sees the incident in which a suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at a mosque in Enschede on Saturday as an act of terrorism. The perpetrator, a 33 year old man from Enschede, is officially suspected of attempted arson with terrorist intent, the prosecutor stated on Wednesday
Supermarket chain Hema is causing quite a bit of controversy in the Netherlands by renaming "Easter eggs" to "hiding eggs". A photo of the new name is circulating on Twitter, with some people calling it an attack on Dutch culture.
A 33 year old man was arrested after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a mosque in Enschede on Saturday.The fire that erupted was quickly extinguished by people in the mosque.
About ten mosques in the Netherlands received threatening letters over the past days. The letters contain swastikas and texts like "You will soon receive important visitors, pigs" and "Islam is the devil's religion".
Salafist organizations can be banned if they break the law, but the cabinet will not impose a general ban. The government will however, keep a closer eye on such organizations, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament.
The VVD is submitting a proposal to change the law so that religious groups are no longer protected from criminal prosecution. In this way Salafist organizations can be acted against, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw.
State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs came up with stricter rules for the ritual slaughter of animals, but stopped short of actually banning it. He announced the new rules, made after agreements with Jewish and Islamic organizations, in a letter to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday
PVV city councillor in The Hague Willie Dillie is defending a hate-film about Islam she shared on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week. She believes that "Islam may be obliterated". "That is the position of our party", she said in response to angry politicians and Twitter users. "Just like he video I am talking about the religion and not about the people"
In 2015 the number of Christians killed in religious violence incidents saw an increase worldwide, but especially in areas where extremism among Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus are on the rise, according to Dutch non-profit organization Open Doors' annual Christian Persecution Rankings
Dutch parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven called for an end to the phrase “by the grace of God,” used when bills are signed into law by King Willem-Alexander. The D66 MP calls it a clear violation of separation of church and state, and she thinks a majority of MPs agree with her.
According to The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, banning Salafist organizations is unconstitutional and undesirable, he said in an interview with NRC on Monday. This is in response to a motion in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Parliament, asking the government to investigate opportunities for banning these organization, which they consider a breeding ground for violent jihadism.
Huub van Leijsen, the owner of petting zoo Pukkemuk in Dongen, released a statement defending his decision to ask a Muslim family to leave the zoo on Monday. In the statement he says that he feels like a victim, not a perpetrator and that the decision was not based on discrimination in any way
Tilburg man Bilal Salam is pressing charges against petting zoo Pukkemuk in Dongen after his three sisters-in-law were told to leave because they were wearing burqas
Bishop Antoon Hurkmans was met with a standing ovation after his final Midnight Mass at the Sint Jan in Den Bosch on Thursday night. Some 1,500 people filed into the church to attend the Mass.
A Dutch film crew performed an experiment in which they disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of the most violent passages to people on the street. They then filmed the Dutch people's shocked reactions on discovering the passages actually come from the Bible.
National Police Chief Gerard Bouman promises strict action against any police officer caught discriminating against asylum seekers. "If you're going to differentiate according to religion, race, or whether someone is a refugee or not, then there is no place for you in this corps", the police chief said
It is no longer reasonable to keep insisting that terrorism has nothing to do with religion, according to youth Imam Yassin El Forkani.