Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Dutch Army permits soldiers to take oath on Allah

Minister of the Interior Guusje ter Horst said in Dutch Parliament that: police officers are not allowed to give oaths in the name of Allah. Until March last year, two police forces did offer the possibility of giving an Islamic oath, but Ms Ter Horst says the practice was against the rules and has been stopped.

There were two ways in which the oath could be taken in The Netherlands. One is "in the name of God" and the other is "I proclaim". Civil servants working for the national government are also obliged to take the oath this way.

However the Dutch Army and two municipalities do allow the oath to be taken "in the name of Allah".

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