As reported in this space last spring, the state government of Bavaria identified the political party Die Freiheit and the Munich branch of the website Politically Incorrect as potentially anti-constitutional, due to their negative stance towards Islam. Since then the authorities have done everything in their power, short of an outright ban on the party and the website, to prevent the citizens of Munich from supporting Die Freiheit and its petition drive against a new mosque.
JLH has translated an article from Politically Incorrect by Michael Stürzenberger with the latest on the campaign of repression. The translator includes this introductory note:
After reading Rembrandt Clancy’s translation of the plight of Christians in Syria, I am tempted to regard this as a comment on the attitude of Western Christianity to its suffering brethren. The twisted argument of accusing Islam-critics of cynically making use of “innocent Christian” victims to blame Muslims (should we blame the Buddhists or the Vikings?) could until recently have existed in “1984” or the court of Lewis Carroll’s Red Queen, but now apparently passes for logic in Western Christendom.
Michael Stürzenberger, whom we first encountered at Politically Incorrect as columnist and accomplished interviewer of Hans-Peter Raddatz, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and others, joinedDie Freiheit, won an internal election which left him in charge in Munich, and caused the desertion of a number of moderates. His subsequent career as a “crusader” against the planned EU Islamic center in Munich, including numerous impromptu speeches and encounters in service of the petition, makes me think of him as the Ted Cruz of so-called conservatism in German politics.
The translated article:
Munich: A Whole City Against a Handful of Islam-Clarifiers
by Michael Stürzenberger
Right now, Munich is the best example of how a handful of explicators of Islam can completely discombobulate a city that is sick unto death with the leftist-red-green disease. An overwhelming alliance of almost all parties in the City Council, churches and unions is mobilizing against Die Freiheit and its citizen initiative. Mayor Ude is having flyers printed, warning citizens not to sign. His Munich SPD is running the “unsubscribe” campaign, urging citizens to withdraw their signatures. How afraid these PC hypocrites must be that the citizens of Munich will speak out against the construction of this Islamic center!
At our demonstration in the extremely enriched quarter of Munich, Hasenbergl, the proprietor of the Mira shopping center had a stand erected just before the entrance to 504 Schleißheimerstraße, where Ude’s flyer was displayed. Paid for, by the way, by Munich taxpayers.
[Picture of stand with announcement from the “Department Against Right-Extremism,” warning that the leaders of the petition drive — the local chapter of Die Freiheit and the Munich segment of PI — are being surveilled by the Bavarian security office because their activities are damaging to the constitution, so be careful about giving or leaving your signature in support of the petition.]
As I was taking pictures of it, three immigrant-looking types came out. One of them — possibly the proprietor — wanted to forbid my taking pictures. He tried to stop me by saying that this harassment of his customers would become widely known.
Added to that, there was the injunction to withdraw signatures already given.
[Picture of another flyer featuring the emblem and endorsement of a variety of parties, agencies and religious groups in the city.]
Like the Gauls, we are surrounded. Not by Roman legions, but by leftist infiltrated parties, organizations and especially churches. First and foremost the Evangelische, which is sometimes designated as a leftist-infected organization, collaborating with Islam. Those in Munich are leading the way:
“The Synod of the Evangelic [Protestant]-Lutheran Diaconate of Munich condemns the activities of the party, Die Freiheit in the strongest possible terms. As one of the parties to the democratic alliance ‘Munich is diverse,’ the synod stands against any form of rightist populism and joins the position taken by the Catholic council of the Munich area on April 19, 2013.”
In lockstep with Munich Catholics:
The Catholic Council rejects in the strongest possible terms the attempt by the party Die Freiheit to co-opt the countless innocent victims of persecution of Christians in its Islam-hostile propaganda and use them for its own inhumane goals. This intrusion of extremist persons and networks is against every Christian and human sentiment. … Since publication of the Bavarian security forces report, Die Freiheit and its local leader, Michael Stürzenberger are considered hostile to the constitution.
Like the Catholic Council of the Munich area, the Diaconate Synod further calls upon you to resist the calls to action and actions of Die Freiheit and the Munich group of the internet blog Politically Incorrect — likewise identified as hostile to the constitution — and to warn against their activities.
This “Position Paper of the Synod of the Evangelical-Lutheran Diaconate District of Munich on the Activities of the Party Die Freiheit“ was authored by its leader, Barbara Kittleberger, who is also responsible for the sermon delivered on March 10th of this year in St. Lukas Church by “Scandal Imam” Idriz.
So now we can ask, like the Gauls: “Is all of Munich occupied by the Left?” No. An indomitable few are resisting. And, like the Gauls, they have a powerful ally. What is a magic potion for some, is for others the unshakeable certainty, of having all the facts on your side. And so more and more people are showing their support, also the Israelite cultural community in Munich at the grassroots level. Anyone who has seen the grateful eyes of Christians who have escaped the Islamic hells of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc., knows what we are fighting for. Many citizens are backing us i this unequal struggle, which we will certainly win. As Frederick the Great said:
“Truth does not need weapons to defend it, or violence to force people to believe it. It need only appear and, when its light has banished the clouds that are hiding it, its victory is assured.”
Last Wednesday, Die Freiheit held a petition drive in front of the Munich city hall, where a panel discussion will take place on December 16th on the subject “Danger for Urban Society?” It will deal exclusively with Die Freiheit and its petition drive:
“For a long time, there has been a right-populist campaign, mobilized by a petition against a mosque building project, encouraging generalized fear of Muslims. The participants are thereby acting against the guaranteed right of religious freedom in Germany. On the internet, they are pursuing a strategy of intimidating everyone who opposes them. Their goal is to enter the Munich city council in the community elections of 2014. This discussion will analyze the potential damage to democracy from Islam-hostile extremism, as well as what possible actions may be taken by the constitutional state, by the political establishment and by civil society.”
Did you notice? What is driving these duplicitous hypocrites is the naked fear that members of Die Freiheit could be elected to the city council and knock this whole PC circus into a cocked hat.
Attending this bizarre affair in city hall will be the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, CSU City Councilor Marian Offman, SPD State Representative Florian Ritter, Green ex-State Representative Susanna Tausendfreund and Mayor Christian Ude. Herbert Prantl of the domestic editorial staff of the Süddeutsche Zeitung will give the opening address; the moderator will be Özlem Sarikaya of Bavarian Radio. That’s quite a group! Not invited are those who are the subject of the discussion. That is because this group knows that in a factual discussion they will have NO chance. So they will talk about the others, not with them.
Also ridiculous was the declaration of all parties in the Munich city council against Die Freiheit shortly before the Bavarian state assembly elections. These desperate acts will enter the history books as historical irony and the last convulsions of politically correct hypocrisy.
The fight goes on.