The father of the two children, Luca and Aysha, abducted by their mother and taken to the Caliphate in Syria, wrote an "open letter to the Netherlands" in which he discusses the role of religion in this personal drama. He writes that what ISIS is doing to Islam is "a rape of the true faith".
Pastor Edward van der Kaaij is preaching that Jesus did not exist and that his story is a myth. The proclamation has got him banned from guest lecturing at a nearby Reformed Church.
63 percent of Dutch people think that religion does more harm than good. This is according to a study on religion and spirituality conducted by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Trouw.
The Netherlands is not at “war” with Islamist extremists, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday. He disagrees with PVV leader Geert Wilders assertion that the entire Muslim world has declared war on the west, he said during television show Buitenhof.
Minister for Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten has called for the withdrawal of Dutch citizenship of anyone who joins an armed terrorist group. His proposal is one of several measures Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet plans to undertake in an effort to tackle radicalization and Jihadism in the Netherlands.
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands feels that King Willem-Alexander speaks too little about God in his speeches.
Jewish organizations in The Netherlands want to open up their community institutions to show Dutch school pupils more about Jewish life and history than Holocaust studies. Dutch director of the Amsterdam Liberal Jewish Community (LJG) Madelon Bino tells Trouw that organizations want to show students that there is a difference between Jewish life in The Netherlands and Israeli politics.
Mosques in The Netherlands are worried about rising tensions between religious groups. For this reason, the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands are calling for tolerance against Jewish "brothers of the holy book", Elsevier reports.
A city councillor in Breda has been kicked out of his own party’s faction there after making statements comparing the rights of homosexuals to the rights of pedophiles. Labour party (PvdA) member Jamal Nouhi made the comments when suggesting that the foundation Human Rights Watch should stop lobbying for gay rights in Morocco, calling it a religious issue.
Returned fighters in the ongoing Syrian crisis have become the focus of a criminal investigation by the Public Prosecution Authority (OM). "Several dozen" Jihadis, recruiters and others are being investigated, according to Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice.
In the last 20 years, the confidence that people have in the church as an institution has never been so low, according to the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) who published a report about the development of religion in the country.
Almost half of all doctors at assisted suicide clinics have been confronted with pharmacists who do not want to help with euthanasia requests, according to research from the tv-program Always Something (Altijd Wat).
The 40-year old Elou Akhiat, a female Moroccan entrepreneur has recently received criticism for starting a wine bar.