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New German minister: 'Islam has no place in Germany'

 
 
 
 
 
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Courting controversy: New German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich who has waded into the row over German immigration.

Germany’s new interior minister has waded straight into controversy by claiming that Islam is not a key part of the German way of life.

Hans-Peter Friedrich, who took office last week in a cabinet reshuffle, stoked an increasingly serious row about immigration in his country when he told journalists: ‘Islam in Germany is not something supported by history at any point.’

Mr Friedrich was speaking in the context of an inquiry into the killing last week of two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt Airport. The suspect, 21-year-old Kosovan Arid Uka, is believed to be a lone operator motivated by radical Islamist beliefs.

Mr Friedrich later emphasised his position, saying that immigrants ought to be aware of Germany’s ‘western Christian origins’ and learn German ‘first and foremost’.

His comments were a play on the words of German President Christian Wulff, who in an attempt to defuse the integration row, has said that Islam now ‘belongs to Germany’ because of the four million Muslims who live there. Germany has western Europe’s second-biggest Islamic population after France with Turkish the single biggest minority.

Attack: Firemen at Frankfurt Airport cover the windows of the U.S. military bus in which two servicemen were shot dead by a gunman thought to be motivated by Islamic beliefs.

Mr Friedrich’s remarks were condemned by opposition Social Democrats, Greens and several members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal Free Democrat coalition partners. Hartfrid Wolff, a liberal MP, said: ‘Islam has been a real part of Germany for several generations now; it is unhelpful to deny this fact.’

Dieter Wiefelsputz, of the Social Democratic Party, said Mr Friedrich’s comments were ‘rubbish’ and that the minister had started his term in office with ‘poor judgment’.

Lamya Kaddor, head of Germany’s liberal Islamic Foundation, said the remarks were a ‘slap in the face for all Muslims’ and ‘dangerous’.

However, the chancellor herself said last October that her country’s attempts to build a post-war multicultural society had ‘utterly failed’.

Suspect: Arid Uka

In a landmark speech to the youth wing of her own Christian Democrat Union party, she claimed those from a different background failed to live happily side-by-side with native Germans.

She said the so-called ‘multikulti’ concept – ‘that we are now living side by side and are happy about it’ – does not work. ‘This approach has failed, utterly,’ she said just days after a poll showed that a third of all Germans viewed immigrants as nothing more than welfare cheats.

Addressing fears of ‘German-ness’ being lost amid new mosques, headscarves in classrooms and Turkish ghettos in cities like Berlin, she added: ‘We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity – that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.’

The sentiment is also that of David Cameron, who said last month that multiculturalism has failed in Britain and left young Muslims vulnerable to radicalisation.

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  • John Smith the 42nd.

    God Bless Germany and the courage to face the truth. Invasion from 3rd world immigration places entire nations in shambles. Send them away and let them wallow in the filth they came from. If they want to live in a nice place, let them build it themselves. There is an old saying I observed to be true when evaluating this matter… “you can take the monkey out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the monkey.”

    • hunter_hunted

      By reading ur comments one can easily guess what kind of grime is in ur dirty mind.

    • mehdi bedioui

      amazing opinion. U must be full of hate and I feel sorry for that.

  • William Allfree

    Islam is a vile “religion”. The only one on this planet that demands the death of anyone who refuses to adopt THEIR way of ‘life’. Integrate? You must be joking. Their god tells them that if they integrate with the “Infidels” they will go to hell. YOU have to integrate to THEM, not they to you!

    Grovel, and wait for the day the Prater Police come and herd you into the Mosque five times every day. Work is VERY much second place to prayer.

  • michael

    Sorry but EU-Times does not cite correct or makes translations with a wrong bias!

    The meaning of what Mr. Friedrich said is
    ” It cannot be proofed by history that Islam is part of Germany”.

    „Aber dass der Islam zu Deutschland gehört, ist eine Tatsache, die sich aus der Historie nirgends belegen lässt“

  • In point of fact, after the partitions of Poland a good number of Polish Lithuanian Tatar Muslims, who were members of the szlachta (gentry), did become subjects of the Prussian king.

    Within a few decades border adjustments put most of their towns, holdings, and mosques within the Czarist Empire. Muslims may be more of an historical presence within the Habsburg and Romanov Empires, but they did have a foothold in Prussian history as well.

  • TheIrish

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  • The Magic M

    > Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    Nobody says that. What are you smoking?

    > genocide against my race, the white race

    Actually, I feel ashamed considering you and I are part of the same race.

    I also don’t see what the point is. What is so special about “your race” that it needs to be “protected”. Protected from what?
    What in your DNA makes you “better” that you so much fear being “worsened” by racial mingling?

    > what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    Do you really think there is a Black KKK that objects towards “mingling with the white race”?

    You should grow up and beyond petty distinctions such as race, skin colour etc.

    Why are so many people so hateful they want to broaden what separates us, instead of working towards coming together?

    > Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    Sure, just like “patriot” is a code word for “lunatic seditionist”, “Christian” is a code word for “intolerant bigot” and “genocide of my race” is a code word for “keep those stinking n****s off my country”.

    You, Sir, are a racist and a bigot.

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