Cabinet Minister Says Islam Must Be Modernized

November 4, 2003

Source: Aftenposten

On November 4, 2003 Aftenposten reported, "Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg...suggests...that the burden of integration into Norwegian society lies as much with Muslims as it does with ethnic Norwegians who are part of the state church. After meeting with her British counterpart Beverly Hughes in London...Solberg is on the offensive. 'The Norwegian Islamic community must make more progress, and see what's happening in other European countries,' Solberg told newspaper Aftenposten. 'Islam in Europe must function differently than it does in Islamic countries.' In this regard, she claims, the Muslim community in Norway lags far behind."