“Islam or Freedom?”
Placing banners on motorway bridges in a Germany-wide campaign
Unterm-Schleier.com (Press Release)Â December 16 2008
On 16 December 2008, the “Anonymous group for democratic and free thinking” continued their campaign that started with former actions such as veiling of female statues and sculptures with a head scarf and burka. This time we place banners of up to 8 x 1,3 meters on bridges near the following cities Heidelberg, Konstanz, EckernfÃ¶rde, OsnabrÃ¼ck, Bremen, Krefeld, Berlin and Munich.
Press Release 16 December 2008
Placing banners on motorway brigdes in a Germany-wide campaign
On 16 December 2008, we continue our campaign that started with former actions such as veiling of female statues and sculptures with a head scarf and burka. This time we place banners of up to 8 x 1,3 meters on bridges near the following cities Heidelberg, Konstanz, EckernfÃ¶rde, OsnabrÃ¼ck, Bremen, Krefeld, Berlin and Munich
The banners show the web address of our homepage and the following slogans in German:
â€žIslam â€“ or Freedom?“Â
â€žFreedom â€“ or Islam?“
With this action in combination with the hompepage launched today, we aim to point out the fact that a creeping Islamisation takes place within the European societies. This causes concern due to the fact that even in a society that is as free as Great Britain, the Islamic law, Sharia, is recognized at several civil courts. For many Muslims, the Islamic law is superior to the national constitutions and laws of the respective European state for the reason that this religious law is based on AllahÂ´s words.
The effects of a distinct prevalence of the politically oriented Islam on Europe, are sketched on our homepageÂ www.unterm-schleier.comÂ including profound background information, Quranic sources, history, and general knowlegde concerning the political Islam. With this hompepage, we provide sources of information for multipliers, both journalists or regional politicians and the broad public. In addition to the categories of information, there is Advice, a practical part, and the documentation of the former and current activities that advertise our hompage or invite the general public to get involved.
We want to set records straight in the public debates. There is misinformation supported by statements such as â€žIslam is peaceful“, in the discussions regarding â€žGender equality in Islam“, or in a premature decision on what is â€žIslam and Islamism“. Islam includes political and social-ideological components. Therefore, it is not only a religion. Eventually, the Quran is to be taken literally and is immutable. The normative aspect shines a different light on the Quaric Sura when they refer to war against infidels, to physical punishments such as chopping off hands, or to the roles of women and men in Islam.
In the public debates, it shall be questioned to a greater extend if it is possible to align Islam with the European constitutions, whether Muslims and citizens of liberal societies speak about the same topic when they talk about peace, for example, or whether gender equality in Islam means the same as in Europe.
We are an international group of young people, partly with immigrantion background, who love democracy, cultural diversity and freedom that we want to enjoy. Grown up in a society based on tolerance and compassion, we admit to European values and would like to advocate for those. Our liberal achievements shall not be taken for granted as in history many people fought for those European values repeatedly.
These are the values that are close to our heart:
â€¢ Freedom of the individual and self-determination
â€¢ Freedom of religion, of thought and of expression
â€¢ Human and personal rights
â€¢ Dignity of every individual
â€¢ The constitutional state and the democracy
â€¢ Respect for private property
â€¢ Equal rights for women
â€¢ The idea to support the underpriviledged
â€¢ The separation of state and religious instutitions as well as the principle that religion is a private matter.
Within this, we think that our European societies are based on the views of Humanism, Rationalism and the Enlightment as well as on Christian-Jewish values and is established on Roman law and on democratic principles.
Like extreme right- and left-winged political attitudes, the polical Islamic ideology endangers those European achievements.
Our activities are not aimedÂ againstÂ anything. Rather they shall be seen as a campaignpromotingÂ European values, democracy and liberal thinking. We would like to initiate public debates about Islam in Europe within the frame of the European values.
Anonymous group for democratic and free thinking
Locations in the cities:
Bridge over the Neckar river, near Zigelhausen. This bridge made of concrete is the replacement of the bridge that was built in 1914 and was destroyed in 1945. Constructed in 1954.
Express highway: Amsterdamer Strasse near the Isarring. The banner will been seen in south direction of the traffic.
Express highway: Leipartstrasse near Heckenstallerstrasse. The banner will be seen in west direction of the traffic.
On the new bridge over the Rhein river called SchÃ¤nzlebrÃ¼cke above the Reichenauerstrasse in the direction facing the city.
OsnabrÃ¼ck – Bielefeld
A27 in Bremen, Richtung Bremershaven, FuÃŸgÃ¤ngerbrÃ¼cke Ã¼ber der Ausfahrt Horn-Lehe/Liliethat (19)
Brigde on the motorway A111, traffic direction Berlin, near Spanndauer Damm.
Motorway A27 near Bremen, traffic direction Bremerhaven, pedestrian overpass across the exit to Horn-Lehe/Liliethal (19).
Bergackerweg, bridge across the motorway A57 near Krefeld.