The Thilo Sarrazin debacle has caused BILD — a major German MSM outlet — to come out unconditionally in favor of freedom of speech. The following article is part of that trend. Henrik Ræder Clausen posted a translation at Europe News, and it is reproduced below with his permission.
It must be permissible to say…
BILD Zeitung 4 September 2010
These are sentences most Germans would sign without hesitating. Sentences that formulate misunderstandings, frequently catastrophic, in our country. In spite of this, they are sentences that in Germany trigger anguish, strife and furious discussions. BILD is of the opinion: We need NO ban on free speech! Especially not for inconvenient sentences such as these!
“German should be the language we hear in our schools”
Fact: Children and youngsters who do not speak proper German have no chance to rise in society and tend to descend into violence and crime. Among repeat offenders (five offences or more), youth of Turkish origin have a prominent share of 8.3 percent. Where Turkish immigrants are well integrated, the rate of violence falls remarkably. Foreign youth have an unemployment rate twice that of Germans. One of the main reasons: Lack of ability to speak German.
“Whoever rejects work, deserves no support”
Fact: Whoever rejects “reasonable employment”, should count on a loss of support. Government support (€359 a month) can be reduced by 30%, and in repeat cases fall away entirely. However, the employment agencies rarely use this clause. Countrywide only 2.5% of the unemployed are hit by this sanction. Most frequently in Bavaria, where up to 6.2% are sanctioned, and most infrequently in the East German areas, at places only 0.6%—0.8%).
“Child molesters should be put away for good”
Fact: Back in 2001, prime minister Gerhard Schröder said: Child molesters “lock them up — forever!” However, legal precedent has hardly changed. In 2009 11,319 cases of child abuse were reported in Germany, with significantly higher unreported numbers, probably in the range of 100,000 cases. Over and over, repeat molesters are set free. Every second child molester is a repeat offender.
“I will not apologize for being German”
Fact: “Potato”, “F***ing German”, “Pork eater” — this is how Germans are being abused in Germany, in schools, in the subway, in the streets. Berlin youth judge Kirsten Heisig (died in July 2010) described in her book: “The End of Patience” the rampant hostility towards Germans that many immigrants nurture. She relates cases where young women of Turkish origin call young Germans “German whores”, and said: Germans “should be gassed”. Heisig makes clear: “If Germans were treating foreigners like that, we would call it ‘Racism’“. Furthermore, Germany is also a fine country that immigrants can also be proud of. Example: the German-Lebanese family in Berlin, who during the recent soccer world championships wrapped their entire house in the Black-Red-Golden colours of the German flag.
“Too many young immigrants are criminals”
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Fact: In some districts of Berlin, the rate of violent crime among Muslim youth is, as estimated by youth judge Kristin Heisig (†2010), three times that of German youth. District prosecutor of Berlin Roman Reusch said in 2007: Roughly 80% of serious repeat offenders… are of immigrant background. And: Since 1985, the share of foreigners in German prisons has almost doubled. For instance in Hessen, 45% of the some 6000 prisoners are foreigners. Of these, Turks constitute the largest groups with 19,2%. To compare, the share of foreigners in the population at large is currently 8.9%.
“Whoever is working should not be the stupid one”
Fact: Many are working hard, but remain working poor — yet hardly receive more than welfare recipients. This includes care and cleaning staff, guards and waiters. The German Ministry of Labour has calculated: A waiter (married, 3 children) has an average disposable income of 1745 Euros, including child support. A family on unemployment support has, including housing support, almost 1980 Euros per month. The waiter may get promoted to earn close to 2290 Euros per month. This 310 Euros more than the family of the unemployed — but he has to work really hard each day for this.
“Foreigners who do not respect our laws have nothing to gain here”
Fact: Convicted criminals without German passports who have served their time (or part of it) in jail can then be deported. But: Criminal foreigners with a valid permit of residence can only be deported if they constitute a “clear and sufficiently serious threat to public order or security”. As this is usually not possible to prove, even for violent criminals, seemingly repentant criminals are frequently permitted to stay in Germany.
“We do not need to adapt to the foreigners, they should adapt to us”
Fact: More than two billion euros are spent by Germany each year for the purpose of ‘Integration’, according to calculations by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. An entire industry is making a living from “Immigrant counselling” or courses to “Further intercultural competence”. An proverb goes: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Thilo Sarrazin writes in his book: “It would suffice if Muslims would respect our laws, stop suppressing their women, do away with forced marriages, keep their youth away from crime, and make sure they support themselves. This is what matters.”
“Those who have not learned anything should not complain about not getting a job”
Fact: According to “Vocational Training Report 2010”, around 15 percent of young adults (20 to 29 years) have no vocational training, one out of five traineeships are aborted rather than completed. Businesses complain about an increasing number of young who are impossible to educate. Approximately 80,000 of the young aged 15 through 24 abandoned school in 2009 alone.
And this usually leads is straight to unemployment: Of the currently registered 3 million unemployed, 472,000 have not completed primary school, and many of these are long term unemployed.