.- Muslim convert to Catholicism and journalist Magdi Allam has launched a new political party in Rome called the âProtagonists for a Christian Europe.â The new party will present candidates for the next European elections on June 7, 2009.
Allamâs new party aims to âfill the ethical voidâ that exists in Italy and in Europe and will be based on the âJudeo-Christian roots of Europe.â These values âmust be recovered and affirmed with clarity now more than everâ in response to the threats of âsavage capitalism, relativism and the spread of Islamic extremism,â Allam said.
He also warned of a growing tendency âin some countries of Europe to recognize âshariaâ as an integral part of the rule of law, as is occurring already in England, where decisions by private Muslim courts regarding polygamy are indirectly beginning to be legitimized.â
However, he stressed that his party would ânot be anti-Islamic,â which is demonstrated by the fact that âa female Muslim is among its founders.â
Allam also noted that he does not define himself as an âex-Muslim, but rather as an Italian and a Catholic who has chosen to become involved in politics.â
Allam said the new party aims to collaborate in âthe building of the common good based on the recognition of the fundamental rights of manâ and on ânon-negotiable values.â
In this sense, he insisted on the need for Europe to rediscover its own identity. âIf you donât know what the values are in which you believe and what your identity is, you will not be able to be a credible partner in dialogueâ with others, he stated.