One of Angela Merkel’s leading political allies, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, is making the case that all Germany needs to quell the rising tide of anti-refugee attitude that’s emanating from citizens is to adopt a new form of Islam – a German form that teaches tolerance and a progressive approach to the the religion.
Schaeuble, boldly enough – and it’s bold, given the penchant for radicalized and politicized Islamists to chop off heads of those who are perceived as blaspheming their faith, which includes attempts to deviate from Allah’s teachings – took his plea right to the Muslim community in Germany.
Reuters has the story:
“A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a “German Islam” based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society.
“Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live.”
Nearly a million migrants have streamed into Germany from the Middle East and Asia, overrunning the country with a new way of thinking and a new culture that just doesn’t assimilate well with the heavily secularized society. And the backlash has been violent at times.
As Reuters noted:
“The arrival of large numbers of refugees has strained communities and led to a rise in far-right violence and attacks on migrant shelters, particularly in eastern Germany.”
Schaeuble, acknowledging the problem of Muslim assimilation, nonetheless misses the point: it’s the religion, stupid.
Islam and its teachings aren’t compatible with most modern and free societies, at least when Sharia is thrown into the mix.
And in what world does Schaeuble live that allows for Islam to be watered to include tolerance for the very things that Islam specifically does not tolerate – gays, for instance, or infidels, defined as those who don’t follow Islam?
More, from Reuters:
“Schaeuble, a stalwart of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), said: ‘Without a doubt, the growing number of Muslims in our country today is a challenge for the open-mindedness of mainstream society.’
“In a guest article for conservative paper Welt am Sonntag, he added: ‘The origin of the majority of refugees means that we will be increasingly dealing with people from quite different cultural circles than previously.’
“Schaeuble, 74, is seen as possible CDU candidate for Chancellor should Merkel not seek re-election next year.
“He acknowledged that sexual attacks by migrants in Cologne and two attacks by migrants claimed by the Islamic State militant group over the summer had soured the mood.
“‘We should not, in this more tense situation, allow an atmosphere to emerge in which well-integrated people in Germany feel alien,’ he said.
“Despite the rising number of xenophobic attacks in Germany, Schaeuble said he believed the majority of Germans would say: ‘Yes, we want you to belong to us.’”
Well, that’s doubtful, given Merkel’s massive fall from favor with the German people, due in large part to her open embrace of Muslim refugees.
“[Merkels’s] Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), have relentlessly blamed her open-door refugee policy for the CDU’s poor showing in recent state elections and want to cap the number of migrants coming to Germany at 200,000 a year.”
But is Schaeuble learning anything from that opposition movement? Hardly.
“Schaeuble emphasized at an annual conference on Islam last Tuesday that people of all faiths are part of Germany, repeating a view that Merkel voiced in 2015 at the height of the popularity of the anti-Islam PEGIDA grassroots movement,” Reuters reported.