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The European Immigration Crisis
German Right-Wing Party to Adopt Anti-Islam Manifesto

Germany’s growing far-right party is likely to adopt a platform that calls for the banning of Islamic practices from public life. Open Europe reports:

Germany’s right-wing populist party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), is set to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto at its party congress in Stuttgart this weekend — openly challenging German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position that, “Islam is part of Germany today.” AfD Deputy Leader and MEP, Beatrix von Storch, labelled Islam, “A political ideology that is incompatible with the German constitution,” and said the party will call for a ban on Islamic symbols such as minarets, muezzin’s call to prayer and full-face veils for women. Founded in 2013, AfD is polling between 11-14% nationwide.

There are obvious parallels in the 2009 Swiss decision to ban minarets and the 2010 French ban on the veil. However, taken together, this is one of the more full-throated rejections of Islam to emerge from European politics. And unlike, for example, the French decision, it does not appear to be part of a broader, equally enforced tradition of laïcité in public life; this appears to be a forthrightly anti-Islamic manifesto.

To paraphrase Joseph Fouché (Napoleon’s chief of police), adopting this wouldn’t just be wrong, it would be a blunder. It’s hard to think of a series of steps that would more antagonize and alienate the refugee/migrant population, however you feel about the circumstances in which they arrived, from their new homeland, while delivering little practical gain.

Yet when responsible politicians fail to take responsible steps to keep immigration and integration within the bounds of public opinion, inevitably irresponsible people will advocate irresponsible measures. And while the AfD is not challenging the centrist parties in Germany for dominance yet, in other places in Europe that’s not true—and even at current levels, AfD can cause a lot of mischief in a parliamentary system.

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  • rheddles

    Their new homeland? You’ve got to be kidding. Regardless of what they are leaving, these people are not moving to Germany to become Germans; they are moving to Germany to make Germany muslim. The Germans have every right to repel this invasion.

    • http://endofpatience.blog.com/ EndOfPatience

      Of course, supporters of the Islamo-Leftist Axis will disagree with that, and insist that the Germans should surrender their culture.

    • Jim__L

      They have the right, but do they have the capacity?

      Modern secular culture, the one that denigrates motherhood as a somehow inferior career, cannot in any way develop that capacity.

      2nd/3rd wave feminism crashed Europe, and it’s on its way to crashing the United States. That’s heresy I know, but it’s true all the same.

  • subtilior

    They ban Nazi paraphenalia, and Islam is by many measures worse than Naziism, so it makes sense in context

    • Matt B

      This is an excellent point. I would argue that within Germany, Nazi symbols are legitimately separated from all other political expression. But I am not aware of a theologically rigorous refutation of Wahhabist/Salafist theology from within Islam, and Islam (Sharia) is a system of government, not just a religion. It may be ugly, but the place of Islam in the West is a legitimate concern in my opinion.

  • Dale Fayda

    That’s is great news. I can only hope that AfD will have the steely-eyed determination to stick to their guns in the face of the progressivist bleats of protest and condemnation.

  • qet

    The migrants are not seeking “better pastures.” They are fleeing their own indigenous societies because those societies have failed, and they are a part of that failure. This is not just one country whose war refugees are seeking shelter. The culture common to these peoples from multiple nations has failed. It would be absurd for the West to “welcome” and “adapt to” this culture when it has proved itself a failure, and a highly dangerous one at that. The migrants as human beings may have a claim on our compassion insofar as they seek food and shelter away from the bombs, but they have no claim on us to welcome, respect or even permit the practices of a culture that has utterly failed and collapsed and is disintegrating in a storm of death and destruction. They have no right–human or otherwise–to bring with them their failed culture and establish it in the West. If their culture were that important to them, they would have sought refuge in other Islamic societies–Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey. I have no doubt they would not have been welcomed in any of those places, but somehow it is incumbent upon the West not only to sustain their bodies but their culture–their miserably failed culture–as well? It is preposterous to speak of Germany “alienating” the migrants who are already aliens by their very nature. A non-trivial portion (it does not matter that is not all or even most) of these migrants, who fled their own cultural homes because the culture proved unable to hold their societies together, yet insist that they are the proud bearers of that culture and they not only reject, but militantly and violently reject, the culture of their refuge, demanding that they be allowed to establish it there. What Western nation in its right mind would not resist the establishment within itself of a culture that is in the process of violently killing itself in its home territories?

  • Angel Martin

    one of the downsides of living in a modern pluralist society is that there are laws and regulations that at least some in the society won’t like, but we just have to suck it up and live with them or accept the consequences.

    the underlying assumption of this article is why muslim immigration causes such trouble. The underlying assumption is that muslims will not be forced to control their behavior and just suck it up, the way the rest of us have to. Instead, the rest of the society has to adjust to minimize the disruptive effects of having muslims present.

    We need to totally scrap the mentality of worrying about what muslims immigrants might do if they are unhappy.

    We need to get to where muslim immigrants worry about what the host country might do, if the host country is unhappy.

  • Beauceron

    When mainstream parties fail to address, or outright suppress, the concerns of large portions of the electorate, the people will turn to fringe parties that will address them.

    At this point, considering the context and recent history, there is nothing else to do but support the AfD, even if you have to hold your nose to do it.

    • CapitalistRoader

      The US is lost. The only hope lies in Europe– which may be disheartening, but that is the reality.

      I think you wrote that backwards, pardner. The US is less than 1% Muslim and it’s expected to be less than 2% by 2030, compared to Germany at 6% now rising to 10% to 20% by 2030, depending on how fast they keep hauling them in. Yeah, we have a lot of Mexican and Central American illegals but they generally aren’t the kind of people that strap on bombs and detonate themselves at the airport.

      • Beauceron

        I am talking about Western culture. It hardly matters if a Western country and culture is destroyed by Al Qaeda or La Raza/Mecha.

        As a Western culture, the US is lost. Gone. Finito.

        The cultures that are erasing that of the West may be different in each case, but the result is the same.

        In the end, however, if the cultures that are erasing them are different, the disease that allowed the infection to enter the body politic and spread is the same: Leftism. Western culture on both sides of the Atlantic was destroyed by the same agent.

        • CapitalistRoader

          As a Western culture, the US is lost. Gone. Finito.

          That’s been my impression whenever I’ve visited Western European countries over the past couple of decades. There’s just a facade of the old culture remaining, a thin veneer coating a massive, politically korrect, boring Brussels culture, a culture that has no desire to resist the slow transformation to sharia law.

          I don’t see that at all in the US, pardner. Yeah, there’s a lot of Mexicans and Central Americans here both legally and illegally. But like the Irish before them, the Italians before the Irish, and the Germans before the Italians, those Mexicans and Central Americans are either Catholic or–increasingly–evangelical Protestants. US culture has and will continue to adapt to these newcomers, just as we still celebrate the quaint but culturally insignificant Octoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day, and Columbus Day.

          Europe, unless they get their act together and quick, is lost. It’s sad, really, sacrificing their millennia-old culture on the alter of far-left political korrectness.

  • Gary Hemminger

    if reasonable people don’t protect the borders, unreasonable people will. That is from Garfinkle and it is simply brilliant, because it is true. Unfortunately progressives evidently didn’t take history when they were in college.

    • qet

      By today’s standards, “reasonable” people cannot protect the borders. Protecting borders means keeping out those who would come in, and keeping out those who are determined to come in requires physically stopping them at the border or apprehending them and carrying them back across if they manage to get in. Any such physical action is considered unreasonable per se by a sufficient number of public personages and media writers, meaning that anyone who engages in it or advocates for it is per se unreasonable. A single Youtube video of a law enforcement agent physically handling an actual or would-be illegal immigrant is enough to put the Left out of their minds. The visual image of a brown-skinned person being physically handled by a law enforcement officer (especially a white one) in any manner is like PCP for people who have convinced themselves that the mere waving of an American flag is an act of violence.

  • Pete

    It’s a start.

  • Anthony

    The world’s religious makeup will look a lot different by 2050: over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion…By 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians. In the U.S., the Muslim population will remain small, but is projected to grow rapidly.” See: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/31/10-demographic-trends-that-are-shaping-the-u-s-and-the-world/

    • Angel Martin

      It shouldn’t matter to the future of the EU, or Germany, how many gazillions the world muslim population grows to in the next 35 years.

      It only does matter because neither the EU or its component states are able to perform one of the basic functions of a state – which is to secure its borders.

      The EU’s future is to be taken over and ruled by outsiders. When you have a wealthy state which can’t even maintain its borders, they are ripe for the taking.

      And for the EU, if it isn’t the muslims, it will be someone else.

      • Anthony

        That’s one way to consider it.

      • f1b0nacc1

        You are likely correct, but you miss the point….When the EU falls to outsiders, it won’t be wealthy anymore.

    • Jim__L

      That depends entirely on proselytizing. I don’t think that a lot of places see Islam as particularly appealing, considering its manifest failures. On the other hand, the biggest success stories of 1500-2000 were devoutly Christian. As non-Western powers look for ways to catch up with the West, this is not a lesson that will be lost on them.

      • Anthony

        Write to author of piece not me – information may not always cohere…

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The backward and inferior Islamic Culture with its Sharia Law which legalizes the Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Enslavement (Yes, Slavery) of all Infidels and Apostates, is anathema to Western Culture created Modern Civilization. Without the “Rule of Law” which equally protects the Life, Liberty, and Property of all, free markets can’t function. A survey of Muslim dominated countries demonstrates, that with the exception Western Culture developed and purchased Oil resources, they are all hellholes of injustice and abject squalor. None of the wealth, knowledge, or technology that has been produced over the most recent centuries, came from any of the Muslim Dominated nations.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Since “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, we, in this country, have some limitations on organized resistance to mental infiltration by Islam. In all free countries, we have to ask the vexing question of how exactly is a false ideology to be discredited and depopulated without violating decent ethical rules, targeting individuals, inciting hate, infringing personal liberty? The idea that “moderate Islam” is just okey-dokey as “one of the world’s great religions” was Bush-era wishful thinking proceeding from well-meaning courtesy and a misunderstanding that people marinated in Islam would eventually vote it away and opt for increasing secularism. The lessons of the last fifteen years do not seem to confirm those hopes—-anywhere.

    I think the root of this goes to the problem that no one FOR SURE knows what “moderate Islam” is or should be, including most Muslims—-since curiously, the Koran and Hadiths do not exactly sort out and prioritize the virtuous over the problematic. Since we have big oceans, it falls to Europe to figure this out first and at this time. I somehow doubt that AfD in Germany or other similar groups are the best ones to entrust with the task by default of everyone else.

    • Jeremy Klein

      “Congress shall make no law…”, yes, but there is no FEDERAL prohibition on any STATE making such a law. At the time of the ratification of the Constitution, IIRC, multiple states had established religions, and these were not invalidated by the Constitution.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Thankfully, all states now recognize that state religions are not now permitted in this country (by long-standing interpretation of the First Amendment), are not going to be permitted in this country and are the stupidest-a$$ed ideas any politician could ever deign to support anyway. Nincompoops in Tennessee are fooling around right now with the nothing-but-symbolic idea of naming the Bible as the “state book” of Tennessee. Everyone with a brain in that state has told them it violates not only the federal constitution but their own state’s constitution even more. If they do it, we will all watch it be thrown out.

        We cannot resist Islam with state religions in America or even in Europe, by the way, and the Islam problem is the subject of both my comment and this article.

        • Tom

          They rejected that one.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Good.

  • FluffyFooFoo

    Deutschland can’t be Deutschland unless it is Deutsch. Deutschland ain’t America.

  • sciencebob

    Topf and Sons have the answer.

  • brianmacker

    Muslims do worse than this in Saudi Arabia. They not only ban public displays of other religions, but ban their religious texts, and even ban their adherents from some cities such as Mecca and Medina. German’s should just point that out the the immigrants and tell them to move to Saudi Arabia if they don’t like it.

  • Terenc Blakely

    I predict lots and lots of dead Europeans….. which for many progressives is a feature not a bug.

  • Alexander Rawls

    Suppressing Islam is the right thing to do. Orthodox Islam is a vast criminal conspiracy to commit systematic mass murder until “all religion is for Allah alone” (Koran verse 8.39). There are laws against conspiracy to commit murder and they need to be enforced, but merely forbidding the practice of Islam does nothing.

    They are still there. They are still going to murder you. They need to be sent back where they came from, and some need to be prosecuted.

    There are Muslims who are not orthodox and reject orthodox Islam’s insistence on rape, murder, pillage and conquest but they are hard to identify because any voicing of the slightest opposition to orthodox doctrines is blasphemy under orthodox Islam, for which the only penalty is death. Muslims who reject orthodoxy rarely self-reveal.

    If the nations who have imported vast armies of Islamic jihadists want to separate out the fraction of decent Muslims and let them stay (as they should if they can), it is going to require brain scanning lie detection. Orthodox Muslims around the world celebrated 9/11 and celebrated the Brussels attacks so show the images of these attacks and see what part of a person’s brain lights up.

    The same technology could be used to identify the most active murder conspirators too, and unearth the details of their plans and associations. These should not be sent back where they came from, but need to be permanently incapacitated.

    • Matt B

      Your “brain scan” idea is intriguing and tremendously creepy. God help us if we start asking for the Thought Police.

      • Alexander Rawls

        Only creepy because we at present protect liberty indirectly, by tying the hands of the police. If we would protect liberty directly, by articulating the full ideal of protected liberty, so that nothing that should be allowed as a matter of liberty was ever criminalized in the first place, then we could untie the hands of the police, and get both much better protection for liberty and much more effective crime control both at the same time.

        Good thing, because we will NEED before long to use universal brain-scanning lie detection to weed out the ever growing threats as weapons of mass destruction come within reach for ever growing numbers of miscreants. We are at most, what, a decade or three from any journeyman technologist being able to copy and paste and create and deploy a humanity-annihilating biologic? If law enforcement does not get inside the human mind we are already extinct. With direct protection of liberty we can allow this and have much better protection for liberty as well.

  • doug johnson

    So the author’s still running that “most Muslims are peace loving” script in his head. But most Muslims want to impose sharia law on you, and legalize murder for anyone who leaves their peaceful religion. That’s not a few “bad ones”, that’s the vast majority.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Most muslims are peace-loving….they want us to surrender and convert peacefully. If we don’t accede to this ‘reasonable’ demand, well….

  • KBK

    These measures are, in fact, responsible. It’s the lack of restrictions on a culture that wants to take over Europe that’s irresponsible.

  • gabrielsyme

    One of the most obnoxious things about Islam is how clearly it brings the limits of religious freedom into view. Islam, which clearly does pose a political and terrorist threat to its neighbours and host countries; Islam, which clearly rejects religious freedom for others and basic freedoms for women within Islam; this Islam is as much a political and security threat as it is a religious community to be respected. The best policy would be to keep almost all Muslims out of Western countries – the second best is to try to force Islamic practice into the private sphere – this would at least address the major threat Islam poses. The policy of accommodation relies on the idea that Islam, if left alone, will itself reach a peaceful accommodation with Western society. History offers little hope of this, and to gamble the lives and futures of Europe on this doubtful proposition is foolish at best and treasonous at worst.

  • CapitalistRoader

    A Pew poll last year showed: More than eight-in-ten American Muslims say suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilian targets are never justified (81%) or rarely justified (5%). Doing the math, that leaves 14% of American Muslims who say that violence against civilian targets is quite justified. 16% of the 3.3 million Muslims in the US is over 500,000 people.

    We got a problem. And no one wants to see the type of solution FDR imposed on the Japanese in the 1940s, sticking them all in concentration camps. The only way to avoid that is for American Muslims to start letting the FBI know about their crazy uncles and lunatic cousins.

  • Jim__L

    The grave difficulty here is that most of today’s elites are so ideologically blinded, they have lost the ability to tell the difference between Albert Schweitzer and Mohammed Atta.

    I simply don’t trust today’s elites with the authority to suppress religion. I’d honestly trust an organization of grassroots vigilantes first.

  • jim

    What breathtaking condescension to Muslims in this article. You’re worried about “antagonizing and alienating ” them? Do you think they’re animals incapable of obeying the law? (I suspect you do, but want to keep your job)

    (Also, I couldn’t care less what the chief of police for a military dictator (Napoleon) has to say about anything.)

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