Swedish archbishop abused for her tolerance to Islam

Antie Jackelen, Sweden’s new and first ever female archbishop, described the source of the abuse as "nationalism and an incredibly great fear and hatred of Islam."

Swedish archbishop abused for her tolerance to Islam

World Bulletin / News Desk

Antie Jackelen, Sweden’s new and first ever female archbishop, has admitted her shock at the amount of abuse she was getting from anti-Muslim groups in the country who oppose her tolerant stance.

She was chosen as the new archbishop in October, but will not take over until next year. Despite this, she has already been the target of abuse, which she has called ‘spiteful’. One person even suggested that she be burned at the stake.

Speaking to Swedish Sveriges Radio P4 Kristianstad, she said "I was not prepared for this spite and hatred. It's clear that I am being personally referred to, it is hard to protect yourself when there is so much aggression."

She described the source of the abuse as "nationalism and an incredibly great fear and hatred of Islam."

As in many places around Europe, Islamophobia has been on an increase in Sweden. In August a Muslim woman was attacked for wearing a headscarf. However, following the incident, both Muslim and non-Muslim Swedes alike started a mass ‘hijab campaign’ in support of women’s freedom of choice to wear the headscarf.

Last Mod: 30 Kasım 2013, 15:21
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