ICC Note: It sounds insane but it's true. In Morocco, Christians cannot name their children with Christian names. The names will be rejected by the authorities and parents told to try again. We've been there, we know and the Christians from Morocco will tell you the same. Sounds crazy. . .right?
Well now, the Dutch are giving Moroccan parents a list of (Islamic) names approved by the Moroccan government, when they want to register a birth. This is happening in a Western democracy. . .what's wrong with this picture??
Netherlands Give Moroccan and Turkish List of Approved Islamic-Non-Christian Names
4/20/07 Netherlands, Morcco, Turkey (Islam in Europe) In case anybody wondered why Muhammed will continue to be a popular name... While the Dutch government talks about the problems of integration, it makes sure its Moroccan and Turkish citizens will continue to get non-Dutch Islamic names.
It is insulting that the Netherlands cooperates with the discriminatory and Arabic-nationalistic police of the Moroccan government, according to Haarlem city council member Moussa Aynan. It bothers him that Dutch municipalities, including Haarlem, gives Moroccan parents, without any request for it, a list of names approved by the Moroccan government, when they want to register a birth.
Aynan: The list only contains Arabic names, not Berber or Christian and is therefore discriminatory.
Aynan (34) recently became the father of a son. "During my registration it was pointed out to me that I would have problems with "my government" if I don't choose an approved name for my son. As if the Moroccan government is percieved as "my government"."
Haarlem also has a Turkish name list.