by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thilo Sarrazin is a former German central banker, soft-spoken and thoughtful, who has for years been observing the effect on German society of the millions of Muslim migrants it has welcomed into its midst. Though he is now inevitably connected in the Western media with the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party, he is in fact a longstanding member of the center-left Social Democratic party. Even before Chancellor Merkel opened Germany’s doors wide in 2015 to Muslim migrants, making Germany’s problem with Muslim migrants considerably worse, Sarrazin had put his thoughts on the matter into a book, which immediately became a best-seller in Germany. Germany Does Away With Itself appeared in 2010. Many were shocked at Sarrazin’s thesis, that Muslims were making Germany “more stupid,” by which he meant that the low I.Q.s of Muslims, and their lack of education, were causing problems in German schools and workplaces. The mainstream media pounced on Sarrazin; talk of comparative I.Q.s made many nervous, and his book was dismissively labelled as “incendiary” and Sarrazin’s name forever after preceded by the Homeric epithets “controversial” and “right-wing.” But he presented data that could not be gainsaid; many believe his book helped the rise of Alternative for Germany, which now has 100 members in the Bundestag.
According to the Bild newspaper, Sarrazin had in November 2016 signed a deal with Random House for a study — a “critical close reading” of the Qur’an, with the working title Hostile Takeover: How Islam Hampers Progress and Threatens Society.
Random House accepted the delivery of Sarrazin’s manuscript in February this year, but then apparently had second thoughts. At the end of May, Random House told Sarrazin that they would not put out the book after all. According to Bild, the publisher was worried that the new book could “amplify anti-Islam sentiments.” Sarrazin is now suing for breach of contract. Continue reading Thilo Sarrazin and Censorship in Germany