* Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls for muzzling scriptwriters for popular TV show to appease Alavi Muslims:
Alevi Muslims protest in Cologne by the thousands against a TV show on the German channel ARD. “Why is ARD spreading propaganda for Islamists?” reads the placard.
The popular German TV series “Tatort” has provoked an uproar within a segment of its Turkish community. Alevi Muslims, who practice a tolerant offshoot of Shiism, say the show has revived a centuries-old incest libel and may inflame immigrant tensions in Germany.
Up to 20,000 Alevi Muslims in Germany gathered in front of the Cologne cathedral on Sunday to protest a broadcast of a popular TV series called “Tatort” (Crime Scene). Alevi leaders said the show played on a centuries-old prejudice against Alevis by showing a character involved in incest.
The protest “was absolutely peaceful,” said a police spokesman according to Agence France-Presse. An Alevi leader in Germany, Mehmet Ali Toprak, told the Tageszeitung newspaper: “The Alevis respect freedom of press and freedom of opinion and are opposed to any ban on cultural expression. But these values must not be used to harm the dignity of a minority.”
* Sure brother. You’re allowed to criticize anything, but when it comes to Islam we have to shut up. Got it!
Alevis are an offshoot of Shi’ites and make up at least a tenth of the estimated 3 million Muslims in Germany. They’re a minority in Turkey, where leaders say the Sunni majority discriminates against them for their liberal practices which include allowing women to mix with men in prayer. Their relative tolerance gave rise to a stereotype in the Ottoman Empire that Alevis were prone to incest.
The “Tatort” episode, broadcast by the state-funded ARD channel on December 23, portrays murder and incest within a modern Alevi family in Germany. Hundreds of Alevis demonstrated against the show last week in Berlin, Hanover and Hamburg, but Sunday’s protest was unprecedented. The Turkish Daily News reported that around 200 buses had been rented to bring thousands of Alevis from around Europe to Cologne.
Angelina Maccarone, who directed the show, said she was unaware of the Alevi incest libel. Alevi leaders — including Toprak — went to Hamburg before the broadcast to complain and ask NDR to repress it. NDR refused, but ran a statement in the opening credits explaining it was fiction.
One protester in Berlin last week, Cigdem Ipek, told SPIEGEL ONLINE: “It’s possible that Germans have no prejudice against us. But a film like this can aggravate tension in the Turkish community between Alevis and Sunnis.”
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the episode shouldn’t be “an excuse for a cultural war,” and that the story dealt with individuals rather than Alevis in general. But he added that scriptwriters had a responsibility to show “respect, discretion, and caution for the religious feelings of all people, regardless of which faith they follow.”
* Instead of growing a set of balls this wackjob of a politician rather sees the whole population muzzled in order to appease the Muhammedan infil-traitors. The politically correct red-green commies who govern the states of the EU are more dangerous than rattlesnakes when it comes to selling out freedom of speech.
* PC runs amok in dhimmified Britain.
From the ‘worse than Nazi’s’ department:
A leading bank executive has been forced to quit after making an insulting remark about Muslims.
Marc Howells, who was one of Barclaycard’s leading figures, left his Â£200,000-a-year job after making the quip during a staff meeting as he discussed quarterly figures.
Colleagues were stunned when he said: “The results were like Muslims – some were good, some were Shi’ite.”
Offended members of staff complained to senior bosses about the “wholly inappropriate” comment.
* Just who might these ‘offended members of staff be?
Mr Howells, 42, who worked for Barclaycard’s European arm and has a Â£2?million home in St John’s Wood, north-west London, was forced out last month after negotiating an undisclosed pay-off, classed as “redundancy under compromise”.
A company source said: “No one could quite believe their ears when he came out with his Shi’ite joke. He had a very responsible job in a multinational company.
“What on earth was he thinking of?
“There were a few embarrassed guffaws but everyone except him knew he was for the high jump the moment he said it.
“Once word got round and a complaint was made he was toast.”
Another company insider added: “Part of the deal was that the circumstances of his departure must never be disclosed. But there was no chance of that once his Shi’ite joke started doing the rounds.”