No Islamic oaths for Dutch police forces

7th January 2009, Comments 1 comment

Dutch Interior Minister says the practice has since been stopped in March last year.

THE HAGUE – The Dutch Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst has announced that police officers are not allowed to give oaths in the name of Allah.

In a response to questions from a right-wing and fundamentalist religious party, the SGP, the minister said that till eight months ago, the ministry of defence and local governments offered their stuff the possibility of giving an Islamic oath.

However, the practice was against the rules and has since been stopped in March 2008, said Ter Horst.

Likewise, people who work for the government at national level are not offered the opportunity of giving an Islamic oath. Civil servants may choose between using the sentence "So help me God" in their oath or leaving it out.

The SGP strives for orthodox protestant political values. Its manifesto is based on the bible. Women are not allowed to be elected to any office within the party. It opposes shops opening on Sundays and its website is closed on the Sabbath.

The SGP has two seats in the lower house of parliament.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • waagstuk posted:

    on 8th January 2009, 13:28:41 - Reply

    "local governments offered their stuff the possibility"