Really? I doubt it. But nothing beats Fitzgerald’s prayer:
And everywhere in the Lands of the Infidels the large-scale presence of MuslimsÂ has created a situation ofÂ much greater unpleasantness, expense, and physical insecurity than would exist without such a presence.Â That no one in Western Europe now denies; the quarrel is over what can or should be done about that. (Source)
ANGRY claims that Islam is ‘dumbing down’ Germany have shocked its nation’s leaders.
Bojan Pancevski and Matthew Campbell/The Australian/thanks to Mullah
The distinctly multicultural German football team that humiliated England in the World Cup was feted at home as the emblem of a dynamic young country enriched by decades of immigration.
It was beaten by Spain in the semi-final, however, and the national jubilation inspired by players of Turkish, Tunisian and Ghanaian origin is a distant memory today as Germany is caught up in a wave of anti-immigrant feeling that is sweeping across Europe.
Germany’s burdensome history was long considered to have immunised it against the populism flourishing among its neighbours: parties of the far right have never broken through the 5 per cent electoral barrier to win representation in parliament, as they have in half the European Union’s member states.
Now, though, resentments ignored by mainstream politicians are beginning to boil over as Europe’s most populous and economically powerful country engages in what by German standards is an unusually fierce debate about the role of Muslims in the country.
A recent poll showed that 55 per cent of Germans consider Muslim immigrants a burden who “have cost much more socially and financially than they have contributed economically”.
When, in an attempt to defuse public anger about immigrants, President Christian Wulff likened the challenge of integrating Germany’s 4 million Muslims to that of reunification after the fall of communism and proclaimed that Islam, like Christianity, was now part of Germany, it provoked an immediate backlash.
“Mr President, why are you sucking up to Islam?” screamed Bild, the largest-circulation tabloid, which published a poll showing that 66 per cent of the public believe Islam does not belong in Germany.
MPs in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), to which Angela Merkel, the chancellor, and Wulff also belong, seemed eager to distance themselves from him. “Multiculturalism has failed and that’s the truth,” said one MP, Maria Bohmer.
Joachim Herrmann, the conservative Bavarian interior minister, was even more blunt. “There is no reason to integrate Islam into our system of values. Germany does not want to integrate Islam, but to retain its own cultural identity,” he said. (Another misunderstander of Islam: Its Islam who wants us to submit, integration was never an issue anyway)
Emotions have been stirred by reports of German Islamic militants, the children of first-generation immigrants, receiving training as terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Several Germans were reported to have been killed in the mountains of Pakistan last Monday in an attack by drone aircraft operated by the CIA.
Another feature of the debate is a book called Germany Does Away With Itself by Thilo Sarrazin, a Social Democratic party politician and former director of the Bundesbank. His provocative thesis is that fast-breeding Muslim immigrants are “dumbing down” Germany and will eventually take over. It has sold 600,000 copies in less than a month.
“I don’t want the country of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be largely Muslim,” he wrote.
“I don’t want Turkish or Arabic to be spoken in large areas, women to wear headscarves and the daily rhythm to be set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can take a holiday in the Orient.”
Merkel publicly criticised Sarrazin and he was forced to resign from the central bank, but an opinion poll showed that 60 per cent of the public agreed with him and 18 per cent would vote for him if he set up his own party.
He has shown no interest in the idea, but it may be only a matter of time before some charismatic figure rides the populist wave into parliament.
Rene Stadtkewitz, a Berlin MP who was expelled from the CDU because of extremist views, caused a political earthquake last month by founding Freedom, a party modelled on that of Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti- immigration politician.
“We are focused on building up this new party in Berlin,” said Stadtkewitz, who wants to ban mosques and cut welfare payments to immigrants. “But if we have success here, I certainly can’t rule out extending it nationwide.”
He is the latest politician to jump on the anti-immigrant bandwagon in Europe, where concerns about migrants have grown on fears of terrorism and the economic crisis.
Wilders, who went on trial last week for inciting racial hatred, has emerged as arguably the most powerful politician in Holland. In Austria, the far-right Freedom party sponsored an online video game called Bye Bye Mosque. Players were invited to shoot at muezzins in minarets.
Even in Scandinavia, often regarded as a beacon of tolerance, far-right parties are on the march. Norway’s anti-immigrant Progress party has become the country’s main opposition group and a far-right party in Sweden made history last month by winning seats in parliament for the first time. Mainstream politicians are being forced to take note.
In France, Nicolas Sarkozy’s rightward lurch and crackdown on immigrants over the summer, when thousands of Roma people were expelled from the country, was his way of flirting with supporters of Marine Le Pen, the popular new figurehead of the country’s far right.
Merkel angrily denied Sarkozy’s claim that she, too, was thinking of rounding up Roma travellers. The suggestion was potentially explosive in a country with Germany’s history.
Yet the German chancellor is trimming her sails, albeit minimally, to the anti-immigrant wind. Initially she supported Wulff’s speech about Islam, but as the magnitude of public anger became clear – and as newspaper editorials accused politicians of having lost touch with reality – she altered her language.
At a party conference last Wednesday, Merkel told followers that Islam “in some of its forms” was not compatible with German law.
“Forced marriages and honour killings are not part of our basic order,” she said. “Tolerance ends there.”
It went down well.
“It was so refreshing to hear clear words from the mouth of our chancellor,” a party member told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paper.
“It was a balm for our souls.”
The Sunday Times
Here’s another article on this subject from Deutsche Welle:
State leader wants Germany to close doors to Muslim immigrants
Horst Seehofer, whose Bavarian CSU is part of governing federal coalition, has said Germany should not welcome more Muslim immigrants. His comments were denounced by the opposition – and some political allies.
Fresh fuel was added to Germany’s ongoing integration debate over the weekend when Horst Seehofer, premier of the state of Bavaria, said Germany should not accept any more Muslim or Arab immigrants.
(Seehofer is Germany’s Newt Gingrich, a career polit prop with shifting views and alliances, not to be trusted, in any case)
On the heels of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, in which the German leader reiterated that negotiations for EU membership for Turkey remained “open-ended with no guarantees,” Seehofer called for excluding some groups of immigrants from Germany.
“It is clear that immigrants from other cultural circles, like Turkey or Arabic countries, have a hard time,” he told the weekly news magazine Focus. “That leads me to the conclusion that we do not need any more migrants from other cultural circles.”
Opposition demands apologies
At a regional party conference, Seehofer also declared that the Green party’s concept of multiculturalism had failed. “Reality has taught us multi-culti is dead,” he said.
The Green party’s parliamentary leader, Renate Kuenast, accused Seehofer of right-wing populism and demanded an apology. (As everywhere, ‘the Greens” are diehard commies who rely on the Mohammedan vote. These people are traitors, parasites and the most destructive creeps since the Nazis)
The Social Democrat interior minister of the city-state of Berlin, Ehrhart Koerting, accused Seehofer of “stigmatizing” certain immigrants and undermining domestic peace.
Members of Merkel’s ruling coalition, made upÂ of the chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the free market liberals FDP and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU), expressed doubts about the Bavarian leader’s comments.
“The question is whether Horst Seehofer wants to prevent additional immigration or get around existing law,” the CDU’s Wolfgang Bosbach told the daily Saarbruecker Zeitung. “If it’s the latter, than I have doubts about its constitutionality.”
German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, a member of the FDP, called for a “rational integration and migration policy – not an intentional simplification and populist debate over an end to migration.”
Since August, a debate has been raging in Germany after Thilo Sarrazin, a prominent central banker, who later resigned, said the country was being made “dumber” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim immigrants and their children.
German President Christian Wulff further fanned the flames on October 3 by saying at celebrations marking 20 years of German reunification that Islam had become “a part of Germany,” earning him sharp rebukes from conservatives.
The state premier of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, rejected Wulff’s assessment saying, “Islam did not belong to the foundations of our republic,” and that Germany did not need to change, but rather the Islamic immigrants.