I’ve reported previously on the “veiling of statues” movement in Germany, which aims to bring the problem of Islamization to public attention by symbolizing the attitude of Islam towards both women and representational art.
The group is called “The Anonymous Group for Democratic and Free Thinking”, and its latest action was executed this morning on bridges all over Germany:
Here’s the press release issued by the group, via Europe News:
Placing banners on motorway bridges in a Germany-wide campaign
On 16 December 2008, we continue our campaign that started with former actions such as veiling of female statues and sculptures with a head scarf and burka. This time we place banners of up to 8 x 1.3 meters on bridges near the following cities: Heidelberg, Konstanz, Eckernförde, Osnabrück, Bremen, Krefeld, Berlin and Munich
The banners show the web address of our homepage and the following slogans in German:
“Islam — or Freedom?”
“Freedom — or Islam?”
With this action in combination with the homepage launched today, we aim to point out the fact that a creeping Islamisation takes place within the European societies. This causes concern due to the fact that even in a society that is as free as Great Britain, the Islamic law, Sharia, is recognized at several civil courts. For many Muslims, the Islamic law is superior to the national constitutions and laws of the respective European state for the reason that this religious law is based on Allah’s words.
The effects of a distinct prevalence of the politically oriented Islam on Europe, are sketched on our homepage www.unterm-schleier.com including profound background information, Quranic sources, history, and general knowledge concerning the political Islam. With this homepage, we provide sources of information for multipliers, both journalists or regional politicians and the broad public. In addition to the categories of information, there is Advice, a practical part, and the documentation of the former and current activities that advertise our homage or invite the general public to get involved.
We want to set records straight in the public debates. There is misinformation supported by statements such as “Islam is peaceful”, in the discussions regarding “Gender equality in Islam”, or in a premature decision on what is “Islam and Islamism”. Islam includes political and social-ideological components. Therefore, it is not only a religion. Eventually, the Quran is to be taken literally and is immutable. The normative aspect shines a different light on the Quranic Sura when they refer to war against infidels, to physical punishments such as chopping off hands, or to the roles of women and men in Islam.
In the public debates, it shall be questioned to a greater extend if it is possible to align Islam with the European constitutions, whether Muslims and citizens of liberal societies speak about the same topic when they talk about peace, for example, or whether gender equality in Islam means the same as in Europe.
We are an international group of young people, partly with immigrant background, who love democracy, cultural diversity and freedom that we want to enjoy. Grown up in a society based on tolerance and compassion, we admit to European values and would like to advocate for those. Our liberal achievements shall not be taken for granted as in history many people fought for those European values repeatedly.
These are the values that are close to our heart:
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- Freedom of the individual and self-determination
- Freedom of religion, of thought and of expression
- Human and personal rights
- Dignity of every individual
- The constitutional state and the democracy
- Respect for private property
- Equal rights for women
- The idea to support the underprivileged
- The separation of state and religious institutions as well as the principle that religion is a private matter.
Within this, we think that our European societies are based on the views of Humanism, Rationalism and the Enlightenment as well as on Christian-Jewish values and is established on Roman law and on democratic principles.
Like extreme right- and left-winged political attitudes, the political Islamic ideology endangers those European achievements.
Our activities are not aimed against anything. Rather they shall be seen as a campaign promoting European values, democracy and liberal thinking. We would like to initiate public debates about Islam in Europe within the frame of the European values.
Anonymous group for democratic and free thinking
Visit Europe News to see photos of all the banners on the German bridges.