The sign reads: “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomes all Hadj.” Muslim pilgrims returning from Mecca are warmly welcomed by the main Dutch airport. It’s difficult to understand the reasoning behind this initiative. I’ve never seen pilgrims returning from Lourdes, Santiago de Compostella, the Vatican or Jerusalem, or from any other religious holy site, being welcomed in the same manner. Why is the airport administration so keen on celebrating the Hadj?
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Dennis P. Petri is Director of Plataforma C, Platform for Christian Politics. A political scientist by training, he specializes in comparative politics with a specific interest in Latin America. He is currently working on a dissertation about religious freedom at VU University Amsterdam.