Tag: Germany

Iranian follower of cult of Christianity released from prison

Youcef Nadarkhani In today’s edition: the upcoming funeral of cult leader Sun Myung Moon, “one of the most preposterous egomaniacs of the post-war world.” Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation warms of impending attacks by Neo-Nazis. And Scientology front group Narconon does not want to release staff records.

Plus: ‘Death of God’ theologian Gabrial Vahanian dies. More…

Germany to make forced marriage a crime

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government wants to criminalize forced marriages as part of efforts to cope with the nation’s largely Muslim immigrant population, AP reports. About 4.3 million Muslims live in Germany, and forced marriage is still fairly common, especially among Turks and Arabs. But the government said the problem is not limited to Islamic circles.

The proposals come after weeks of heated debate about integration in Germany — a sensitive issue in the country that saw minorities persecuted under Hitler and now tries to present itself as a tolerant, liberal society as a result.

The debate started when German central banker Thilo Sarrazin made controversial remarks about the failure of many Muslim immigrants to integrate in a book — “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (German does away with itself).

President Christian Wulff encouraged Germans to accept that “Islam also belongs in Germany,” which also stirred the debate.

Merkel said earlier this month that multiculturalism had “utterly failed” in Germany. She told Muslims they must obey the constitution rather than Sharia law if they wanted to live in Germany.

Fears of an Islamic revolt in Europe begin to fade

Islam Five years ago bombings and riots fuelled anxiety that Europe’s Muslims were on the verge of mass radicalisation. Those predictions have not been borne out, The Observer writes.

Polls have found that Muslim communities are profoundly influenced by their countries of residence. French Muslims have absorbed the values of France, and are more secular than their German counterparts, for example.

German police halt anti-mosque protest

Police halt anti-mosque protest in Cologne, Germany German police have banned an extreme right-wing “anti-Islamification” rally in Cologne, as it was about to begin.

“The safety of our Cologne people has priority,” said a police spokesman after ugly clashes between far-leftists and riot police.

The leftists, who were bent on occupying a city square set aside for the rightists to use, assaulted police and tried to snatch their pistols. Riot police advanced against them, swinging batons.