New voices in European Islam: The right message for a dark moment | The Economist: "Imagine the situation in the Netherlands, back in 2004. Tension between Muslims, Christians and others was on the verge of boiling over after a popular, rambunctious film-maker, Theo van Gogh, was horribly murdered on the streets of Amsterdam by an Islamist. One of the things that helped calm the situation was a remarkable speech, in a mosque, by a Labour politician of Moroccan origin, Ahmed Aboutaleb. As the religiously observant son of an imam, he had impeccable Muslim credentials. But he sensed that this was not the moment to strike a defensively Islamic note. The most important values in the Netherlands, he declared, were religious freedom, freedom of expression, and non-discrimination. "For people who do not share these common core values, there is no place in an open society like that of the Netherlands. Everyone who does not share these values would be well-advised to draw the [obvious] conclusion and leave.". . . ."