The following dissenting opinion about Islam in Germany was written by a German Muslim to Chancellor Angela Merkel. JLH, who translated the piece, includes this note:
Here is an interesting open letter to and indictment of Angela Merkel by Abdel-Samad and a co-author, with an illustrative anecdote at the end. I have tacked on a short article by someone called Guido Grandt that offers supplementary evidence (even though it appeared in January of this year).
The translated letter:
Open Letter From a German Muslim: Islam is Not a Part of Germany, Mrs. Merkel
by Hamel Abdel-Samad and Mark Traschapajew
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Honored Madame Chancellor:
Your are the chancellor of everyone who lives in Germany, so also naturally the chancellor of the Muslims.
That does not empower you to claim that Islam is a part of Germany.
It is not the job of a politician to rehabilitate or evaluate a religion. Politicians are there for the people, not for the ideologies of those people.
Before you publicly make that claim, you are obliged to explain to the citizens of this country what “Islam” actually is.
- Does the division of the world into believers and infidels also belong in Germany?
- What about jihad?
- What about polygamy?
- Or the death sentence for apostates?
- What do you think of the physical punishments for thieves, adulterers and alcohol drinkers and dissidents?
- What about women’s rights, which are as good as non-existent in Islam?
- What about slavery, which is not banned in Islam?
- What about the right of children to be raised free of fear and without the threat of hellfire?
Does all that belong to Germany or Europe too?
Either you do not know that all that is a part of Islam, and you are therefore unqualified to make this decision about Islam…
Or you do know and are purposely deceiving the citizens of this country, to facilitate the sale of tanks to Saudi Arabia (which the public does not want) and so as not to anger our Turkish trading partner.
I, too, Abdel-Samad, am a citizen of this country and I say to you, as my chancellor:
You are wrong. You are deceiving us. And you are doing the Muslims here no favor by claiming something that does not correspond to the truth and which the majority of Germans see differently. Not only them, but many German Muslims and ex-Muslims, who had to flee their homelands to come to this open, free society, which politicians like you are in the process of destroying with drivel about Political Correctness and Globalization.
Yes, you — the politicians — are destroying the peace in this land and siccing people on each other. You are further exploiting the deterioration of the situation to gradually decrease basic rights in Europe and accelerate the spiral of forced tolerance (which is never good for a people — read Plato).
Anyone who lives here must show respect, and then only a very little tolerance is needed! With that alone, a society develops homogeneously and uniformly and on its own. And people will not be afraid and will gladly deal with the new. Eating kebabs, motorcades are (admittedly silly) examples of that kind of thing. But taking crosses down from churches and re-naming celebrations on orders from above and because of complaints from minorities definitely are not!
Whoever lives here must take on German values!
Whoever lives here and shows the appropriate respect will receive the documented and protected freedom to live by the ideology he chooses, to believe in what he chooses to believe in. His religion is a protected private affair — but how he lives it in society is definitely not.
Understand this at last, and act accordingly, or we will un-elect you, for our measure is full.
With (still) friendly greetings.
in the belief that we represent the opinion of secular believers and non-believers and the community of German people (all of them) in this land
Personal Anecdote of Hamel Abdel-Samad
Many years ago, I was a believing Muslim. I was friends with a German theology student in Augsburg, who wanted to become a religion teacher. He told me the following joke.
A butcher from Bavaria arrives in heaven. St. Peter stops him at the gate and searches his bag. He discovers a veal sausage (Weißwurst) and asks in surprise: “What is going on here?”
The butcher answers, “That is my food. I can’t live without it.” Peter refuses him admission until he discovers what this is. Peter asks Jesus whether he can identify this long thing.
Jesus says, “No, Peter,, ask my mother. She went to the market more often than I did.”
So Peter asks Mary if she recognizes this thing. She takes it in her hand, cautiously feels it and says, “I have never seen it, but it feels like the Holy Ghost.”
I was shocked when I heard that joke. How could a believing Christian who wanted to become a religion teacher tell such a joke about the most sacred figures in Christianity? And if he treated his own religion so sarcastically, how would he treat mine?
After that, I avoided him. I was afraid of the influence of freedom on me. I barricaded myself behind my faith and become more and more radical,.
Long story, short moral:
Satire is a wonderful thing. It attacks fears that you want to hide. It tears the masks from old and new myths, puts gods and cult figures into perspective, and frees us. That is why dictators are insanely humorless and react violently to satire. For our fear is their glory.
Today, I am thankful in retrospect for every person who has provoked me with satire and criticism of Islam. Today, I can laugh at anything that is humorous. Today, I understand my old friend from Augsburg. Only freedom makes it possible for a person to be a believer and nonetheless laugh about his religion.
In that sense, I do not see Kurt Westergaard and Charlie Hebdo as enemies of the Muslims.
They should instead be seen as a gift for Muslims.
God be with you, or Allahu akbar!
The post by Guido Grandt:
Merkel and Seehofer: “Multiculti Has Failed, Multiculti Is Dead!” — That’s How Stupid Politicians Think Citizens Are!
NO. 475 (13/2015)
January 19, 2015
On yesterday’s TV-Talk show Günther Jauch on the subject of “Policy meets Protest — PEGIDA with Günther Jauch”, PEGIDA co-organizer, Kathrin Oertel claimed that Chancellor Angela Merkel had maintained in 2010 that “the attempt at Multiculti has failed — absolutely failed!”
This begins at minute 54:47:
This statement no doubt brought many listeners out of their seats, unable to comprehend it, The chancellor and other, so-called establishment politicians claim something quite different today.
So I did a “fact check.”
And in fact, Chancellor Angela Merkel, on October 16, 2010, at the national convention of the Youth Union in Potsdam, declared the failed attempt of Multiculti!
She goes on: “It is not acceptable that twice as many of them (immigrants) do not finish school. It is not acceptable that twice as many of them have no job training. These are social problems of the future, and that is why integration is so important…
CSU chief Horst Seehofer piled on and said that Germany must not become the social services country for the world. And: “We in the [CDU/CSU] Union advocate for the definitive German culture and against Mutliculti! Multiculti is dead!”
Come again!? “Multiculti has failed, Multiculti is dead”? “Germany must not become the social services country for the world”? and “We are for the defining German culture”?
Stunned, we rub our eyes. Did Merkel and Seehofer perhaps write PEGIDA’s support program?
Because what the top leaders of the Union at that time had to say was the exact opposite of what they are saying today.
Were Merkel and Seehofer lying to the people in 2010? Or are they lying today? Which statements are real?
Inquire of your parliamentary representatives and send me their answers.
The fact is, the Multiculti discussion makes it clear HOW STUPID THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT BELIEVES THE PEOPLE ARE!