Die Freiheit is an Islam-critical party in Germany that was founded in 2010 by René Stadtkewitz and Marc Doll. In recent years it has been led by Michael Stürzenberger, who is also well-known for his articles at Politically Incorrect.
PEGIDA and AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) emerged after Die Freiheit. They handle the topic of Islam less gingerly than Freiheit, and are more outspoken about what must be done with respect to mass Islamic immigration. They are also more unabashedly nationalistic, which has hitherto been taboo in Germany. For these reasons they raced past Die Freiheit and eclipsed it in popularity.
Earlier this month Die Freiheit voted to dissolve itself, and tomorrow it will disband. Below is a farewell to Freiheit by Michael Stürzenberger that takes the form of an open letter to journalists.
Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
An Appeal to Journalists in Germany
by Michael Stürzenberger
At its December 4th convention in Nuremberg, the party Die Freiheit voted unanimously to dissolve at year’s end. The members confirmed this decision in a written ballot. This document states that all political tasks, including Islam-criticism, best reside in the hands of the AfD, and Freiheit is no longer needed. In this last e-mail as national head of the party, I would like to direct an urgent appeal to you.
Stop the euphemistic, down-playing, hushing-up reportage on the subject of Islam. It achieves nothing to stick our heads in the sand. History teaches us that appeasement only makes things worse.
Clarification of the dangerous political ideology inseparably connected to the religion of Islam has nothing to do with criticism of people. It is not about discrediting Muslims, but helping them to shake off the dangerous elements of Islam like persistently constrictive bonds.
When another terror attack occurs and the Muslim responsible shouts “Allahu Akhbar” in the process, do not once again translate that falsely as “God is great.” It means “Allah is greater”, and is a documentation of Islam’s claim to be the only true religion, and also claims exclusive worldly authority. The Islamic god Allah has nothing to do with the Christian, New-Testament, love-of-neighbor-and-enemy image of God. It is the polar opposite.
Construct no more phrases about the “so-called” Islamic State. It is the Islamic State. Everything that happens there is oriented towards the Koran and the model provided by the Prophet Mohammed, who — with the primitive, original Islamic community — robbed, enslaved, conquered, made war, killed, beheaded and executed critics.
Never forget that the Prophet Mohammed is recognized in Islam as the “seal of the Prophets,” the Messenger of Allah who makes the ultimate, authoritative announcement, and is to be emulated as a “complete human being” as well as a “perfect model.”
Never again claim that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. It is a 100% embodiment of pure and original Islam.
Never again claim that terrorist attacks by Muslims — 29,993 of them just since 9/11 — have nothing to do with Islam. They are the precise fulfillment of orders issuing from the Koran. Note that the Koran — unlike the Bible — is considered the word-for-word, direct, timelessly valid command of the god Allah.
Sharia — the Islamic system of law which to us is inhuman and barbaric — is obligatory for Muslims. That is why all Islamic states have tied the so-called “human rights declaration” of Cairo inseparably to sharia.
Never again uncritically broadcast the statements of Islamic functionaries like Aiman Mazyek. It is his job to protect Islam.
He is allowed to lie to achieve this, which in Islam is called “taqiyya.” When he quotes harmless Koran verses, they are from the beginning time of the Prophet from Mecca, when he had few followers and no influence. These verses are all abrogated (replaced) by the later verses from the time in Medina, when Mohammed had power and an army. And there is where the ultimately valid commandments of violence, battle, war and killing arose.
When Mazyek maintains that killing is forbidden in Islam, he is lying through his teeth. He likes to give incomplete quotes from Koran verse 5:32, which applies to the Jews and clearly forbids killing. On the other hand, anyone who causes mischief can be killed anytime, and “mischief” includes criticizing Islam, refusing to be subjected to Islam and hindering its spread. This becomes clear in the directly following verse, 5:33:
“The payment for those who make war against Allah and his emissaries, and seek to cause ruin in the land shall be that they be killed or crucified or their hands and feet cut off or that they are driven from the land.”
The Koran contains 27 direct commandments to kill, such as “Kill the infidels wherever you find them” (2:191), and they validate it whenever a Muslim feels the urge to wage jihad against the “infidels.”
Do not let yourself be deceived by the fact that most Muslims here in this land have been relatively peaceful and unobtrusive. These are their instructions according to Islamic law when they are in a position of weakness. Only when Islam is in the majority must they uncompromisingly assist Islam to power. Before that time, the task is to continuously put the frighteners on the infidels, and that includes targeted terrorist attacks. Simultaneously, there are unrelenting demands to firmly embed Islam in the society.
Never forget that Islam and National Socialism entered into a pact and mutually confirmed their similarity: leader cult, totalitarian thinking, exclusive claim to worldly power, ethnic community, anti-Semitism, legitimization of violence and killing.
As journalists, you have the obligation to inform the population objectively. Inform yourself about Islam through its primary sources, the Koran and the Hadith. Islam is the greatest threat for us in the 21st century.
Inform yourself through the Islam critics who are really knowledgeable and explain without censoring anything. First to mention is Hamed Abdel-Samad, whose father was an imam in Egypt and who himself was for a while a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is an expert like no other. His books, Islamic Fascism, Mohammed — A Reckoning and The Koran are ground-breaking.
I myself will continue to work to elucidate Islam. The goal must be to free Islam of all unconstitutional elements, end its claim to worldly dominance, violence, killing and suppression of women, as well as declaring sharia invalid for all time. Further, there must be a dissolution of the hitherto dominant philosophy of Islam in which all lands not ruled by Islam are designated the “House of ‘War” (dar al-harb). Otherwise, terrorism will never end.
It must be made clear to Muslims that laws are made by people, and not by whatever gods, and this must be accommodated day by day in the reality of life. Laws from the 7th century proclaimed by a “prophet” in what is now Saudi Arabia can play no part in the present day, or we will fall back into barbarism.
My heartfelt thanks to all of those who have kept company on the stony path of Freiheit since 2010. It took courage, for when you tell the truth, you may often need a speedy getaway. But the work was not in vain. Many peoples’ eyes were opened.
With deeply shadowed greetings and nonetheless best wishes for 2017,
Partner in the refounding of the White Rose, 2012
For links to previous posts about Michael Stürzenberger and Die Freiheit in Munich, see the Michael Stürzenberger Archives.