Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte used derogatory terms when describing the islamic call to prayer during an interview on public radio with host Tijs van den Brink.
Prime Minister Rutte (VVD) was asked about a statement he made in an interview with newspaper Trouw in which he said he distinguishes between churches and mosques. It’s not the first time Rutte made derogatory comments towards muslims and minorities in The Netherlands. Political analysts believe he is making these comments to gain voters from the far right PVV of ex-VVD politician Geert Wilders.
Transcript of video is below
Transcript of the radio interview:
Tijs van den Brink: In the interview with Trouw you said, you distinguish between minarets and church bells. Minarets, you spoke about “whiny music” coming from the minarets [“Jengel muziek” is a derogatory expression – red.].
Mark Rutte: Yes i find it terrible.
Tijs van den Brink: Those must be treated different than church bells. Kees van der Staaij (Fundamentalist christian SGP party) said the same. Did you agree with him?
Mark Rutte: With the freedom of religion you may build your own houses of worship. But this does apply to that, and this is a matter for the municipality not for the government, that you do not cause disturbances. With freedom of religion muslims may build their mosques and christians may build their churches.
Tijs van den Brink: And the minarets may blare?
Mark Rutte: With due regard of the general rules of public order yes.