‘Ramadan puts us all at risk’: Danish minister calls for fasting Muslims to take time off work
Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stojberg made the remarks in an op-ed for Danish newspaper BT Sunday, saying that Muslims who fast for up to 18 hours a day are placing themselves and others at risk, particularly bus drivers, machine workers, and hospital staff.
Stolberg argued that there are greater demands "in a modern, efficient society like Denmark's than there were in Medina during the time of Muhammad."
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"I wonder if a religious order commanding observance to a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam is compatible with the society and labour market that we have in Denmark in 2018," she added.
She also noted that religion is a private matter, but "it is necessary for us to debate how to ensure that it does not becomes a social issue."
This is not the first time Stolberg has courted controversy. In April, the minister, who is known for her anti-immigration stance, decried a “significant group” among refugees that “cheats, lies and abuses” the trust of Danish people.
In March, the minister was pictured posing with a cake commemorating Denmark's 50th piece of legislation designed to tighten immigration laws. One such law afforded police the right to confiscate valuables from refugees.
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