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Denmark Minister of Immigration: Ramadan Fasting Dangerous

A Minister of Immigration Thinks Fasting During Ramadan Poses a Danger to Society

According to a Danish Minister, fasting might be an outdated custom and could pose as a danger to all those in Denmark, reported the Associated Press (AP).

Minister of Immigration and Integration, Inger Stoiberg, is a known for being tough on immigration views, and told a tabloid BT her views.

"I wonder if a religious order commanding observance of a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam is compatible with the society and labor market that we have in Denmark in 2018," she said, according to the New York Times. She also called on "all Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society," siting bus drivers who work 10 hours without drinking or eating and how this would affect "safety and productivity."

The Finnish Muslim Union Chairwoman, Pia Jardi thinks the minister's suggestion is "a completely absurd idea."

"There is no information or statistics to prove that Muslims behave dangerously while fasting," she said, adding that in most Muslim countries, it's business as usual, with stores and companies operating normally.
The reactions on Twitter are similar.

Stojberg, who is a member of the center-right Liberal party, was also criticized in 2015 for taking out ads in Lebanese newspapers warning would-be migrants that it would be difficult to seek asylum in Denmark.

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