Jan 28 2013
A recent post here (Only 74%?) elaborated on what we already know – France, Britain, and the rest of the Western world is fed up with the creeping Islamization of their countries orchestrated by left wing politicians who have forced its citizens to endure millions of barely civilized immigrants from the Muslim world, who refuse to assimilate and integrate, but prefer, for the most part, to live off the state.
OnIslam Giving a shocking image of anti-Islam sentiments in Germany, a new study has revealed that
Islamophobia anti-Islamism has become culturally acceptable in the country and that the society is shifting its attention from xenophobia to religious bias against Muslims, The Local newspaper reported.
“It’s no longer ‘the Turks’ but ‘the Muslims’,” Wilhelm Heitmeyer, head of the institute for research of interdisciplinary conflict and violence at Bielefeld University, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, The Local reported. A research by the Bielefeld University found that
Islamophobia anti-Islamism has become culturally acceptable in Germany. Heitmeyer said that the general hostility against foreigners had given way to a growing rejection of Islam in Germany.
This bigotry, moving from the confines of ethnicity towards religious bias against Muslims, does not exist only in the far-right, he said. Heitmeyer noted that anti-Muslim sentiments were also present in more left-leaning and centrist circles, appearing throughout the country from the highest echelons of society to the lowest.
The findings of are not new. An earlier study from Munster University in 2010 found that 66 percent of western Germans and 74 percent of eastern Germans had a negative attitude towards Muslims. A more recent study from the Allensbach Institute suggested that this had not changed over the past two years. Asking German people about Islam, only 22 percent said they agreed with Germany’s former president Christian Wulff’s statement that Islam, like Christianity, was part of Germany.
Germany has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.
Experts notice that the rising anti-Muslim bias was generally acceptable in German society as freedom of opinion. “Criticism of Islam or Muslims appear acceptable, because it is not seen as classically racist,” Alexander Häusler, neo-Nazi expert from Düsseldorf’s technical university, said. (Maybe because Islam is NOT a race, moron)
German Muslims have also voiced concern about a growing hostility in their country. Germany has been recently gripped by a fierce debate on immigration and integration. In 2009, central banker Thilo Sarrazin sparked a debate on integration after accusing Muslim immigrants of undermining the society which is becoming less intelligent because of them. Chancellor Merkel weighed in, saying that multiculturalism has failed in Germany.
WWRN With the growing number of Muslims, distrust of Islam is rising.
The cashier at the supermarket wears a headscarf, copies of the Koran are handed out on the streets, and mosques have become part of some cities’ landscapes. Islam appears to be encroaching on life in Germany and that bothers a lot of people.
“For decades, woman fought for equal rights, and we have attained something. And now, women are choosing to wear headscarves. I don’t want that and it scares me,” a unversity-educated woman from Cologne says. Her attitude is not uncommon. In the long debate over the new Cologne Central Mosque, which will be one of Europe’s largest, fear and distrust of Islam have come to light and are widespread.
Islamism a “real threat.” Christian Democrat (CDU) politician Wolfgang Bosbach sees a justifiable fear of Islamists who are ready to commit acts of violence. An estimated 40,000 Islamists live in Germany. A significant number of them are prone to violence. “Those [who are ready to be violent] out of religious motivation, out of religious extremism, are a real threat to security in Germany,” Bosbach said.
Eight foiled and failed terrorist attacks have made it clear that the threat is real in Germany, Bosbach says. Security agents say these people represent a very small group of people – less than one percent of Muslims are Islamists. But they shape the obviously negative image of Islam and Muslims, which leads to widespread prejudice and fear that can lead to anti-Islamism.
Some major events have played a role in shaping the overwhelmingly negative image of Islam. After the September 11 attacks, certain stereotypes, opinions about the attitudes of Muslims, became deeply rooted in society, says Zick.
“Even so many years after the terrorist attacks (…), many people still associate Islam or Muslims with terrorism, with Sharia law, with a foreign religion, which doesn’t fit in Germany,” he adds, noting that that is a problem. “Since the terrorist attack, we have new politicial movements, which agitate against the alleged threat of Islam and Muslims,” he said.
An example of right-wing parties are “Pro NRW” and “Pro Deutschland,” which have campaigned against the construction of the mosque in Cologne and elsewhere with aggressive posters and borderline language. The message between the lines is clear: Islam is dangerous and there is no place for Muslims in Germany.