Marc Doll, a German politician Â from the Christian Democrats, has resigned from the party. He declared that today’s CDU has nothing in common with Konrad Adenauers CDU and that telling the truth (about Islam) cannot be a taboo.
On Theo Sarrazin, Hugh Fitzgerald offers background and clarificationÂ here. But as noted in the editorial below, the problem of illiberal liberalism (a term coined in an article writtenÂ a few months before 9/11) quashing free speech and the right to voice unpopular (or unpedigreed) concerns and opinions, and unpleasant facts about Islam is far broader than any one case. After all, it keeps happening, and stops untold numbers from speaking up in the first place.
“Political Correctness Is Silencing an Important Debate,” by Matthias Matussek forSpiegel, Â (JW) September 10:
German central banker Thilo Sarrazin is being pilloried over his polemic chastising of Muslims, but there are a few things his critics clearly fail to understand. You can’t cast away what the man embodies: The anger of a German people who are tired of being cursed at when they offer to help foreigners to integrate.
Nothing is as it used to be. In this season of public outrage, the case of Thilo Sarrazin has grown far bigger than Sarrazin. It’s much bigger than the man or the Islam-critical book he wrote.
The Sarrazin case is also a Merkel case, a case for his party, the center-left Social Democrats, and for the German political and media establishment. Sarrazin has become code for the outrage over how the politically correct branch of Germany’s consensus-based society have dispatched their stewards to escort this unsettling heckler to the door.Â On their way, they seem to be trying to teach him a lesson, as well: “We will beat tolerance into you.”
In other news:
2 Â police badly beaten,Â Â authorities areÂ practically powerless against the criminal clans,