The Christmas-Haters of Ditib

The German Islamic advocacy group Ditib (Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs [Turkish: Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı; German: Türkisch-Islamische Union der Anstalt für Religion]) is actually a department or bureau of the Turkish government. It likes to throw its weight around in internal German affairs, and is able mobilize many thousands of Turkish citizens to vote or demonstrate in accordance with its wishes.

The following article concerns the anti-Christmas activism of Ditib-related groups. Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from The Berliner Morgenpost, which was published in January of 2017:

Islam Association Ditib members campaigning against Christmas

The Ditib Association, which oversees numerous Islamic preachers in Germany. Some of its members have been ranting against Christmas.

January 6, 2017
by Jens Meyer-Wellmann

Hamburg. The upheavals in Turkey have now reached Germany. Groups similarly close to the Erdogan government, members of the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institution for Religion (Ditib) in Germany have recently created a massive campaign against Christian Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. The association distanced itself from the action.

Ditib financially supports mosques and in Hamburg, for example, partners with the city in a contract with the Muslim federations, which mean it also has influence on the instruction regime at the schools. On social media images were also spread by Ditib organisations in which a presumably Muslim man is depicted beating up a Santa Claus. As the news agency dpa reports, the pictures also appeared on Facebook pages of Ditib associations in North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg.

Christmas represents the unbelief of Christians

Christmas stands for the unbelief of Christians, it is said, for example, in various texts that are spread in connection with such images. The term “Kuffar” is also used in this context: Unbelievers / opponents of God. “This is the same vocabulary that the ISIS uses,” the Islamism expert and author Ahmad Mansour (“Generation Allah”) told the Abendblatt. The fact that such images are also disseminated by Ditib-related organizations is “a bad sign”.

After all, Ditib is Hamburg’s partner in Salafism prevention. CDU faction leader André Trepoll accused the Ditib representatives of “opposing our society with their open rejection of Christian and legal holidays in Germany”. SPD member of parliament for citizenship Kazim Abaci said that the behavior of Ditib members made him “speechless”. Green Party leader Michael Gwosdz called the widespread pictures “completely tasteless”.

The New Year’s Eve celebrations are also criticised

The religious authority of Turkey, which also provides Ditib-Imame with sermons for Friday prayers, sent out a text at the end of the year criticizing the New Year’s Eve festival. The celebration is impermissible for Muslims, does not fit in the way of life of believers, and belongs to other cultures, according to the opinion. The sermons had also been controversially discussed in Turkey after the New Year’s Eve assassination in Istanbul. Ditib-Nord chief Sedat Şimşek asserted that these sermons had not been given in Germany.

The author Ahmad Mansour also accused the Red-Green Senate of “naïveté” in dealing with Islamism. “Hamburg is particularly naïve on the subject,” Mansour told the Hamburger Abendblatt. “Because a contract has been signed with the associations, all problems are ignored. Teachers in Hamburg hardly dare to address these issues — because they do not want to be classified as racists or Islam opponents.”

Frequent agitation against Christian festivals

“Agitation against Christian festivals and Western values occurs every year,” says Mansour. “What is new, however, is that what used to come only from Islamists is now also supported and disseminated by the Turkish government and its religious authority. This is a completely new quality, on the basis of which Ditib must also be reassessed in Germany.” Sermons against New Year’s Eve and agitation against Christmas massively hindered integration in Germany, according to Mansour.

“They plunge young people into serious identity conflicts and make them vulnerable to Islamism. I would expect Ditib to make it clear to young people that no one should take precedence over anyone else.”

“These Ditib representatives are opposing our society”

Hamburg CDU faction leader André Trepoll also sharply criticized the action. “These Ditib representatives are opposing our society with their open rejection of Christian and legal holidays in Germany,” said Trepoll. “Their aggressive appeals to the members of their communities are not compatible with our basic values of tolerance and respect for other religions, and contribute to the non-integration of Muslim citizens through conscious demarcation,” said the CDU politician.

“Designations of Christians and Jews in our country as ‘unbelievers’ by some Ditib representatives are completely out of the question and testify to a religious claim to sole representation that has no place in our pluralistic society. How can such an institution at the same time be a partner in the fight against Salafism in Hamburg and still receive public grants in return?”

Ditib to review statements made on social media outlets

The chairman of Ditib Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, Sedat Şimşek, said: “These pointed statements by Ditib employees in the social networks against New Year’s Eve or Christmas are isolated cases. They are being examined by us. If cases of disparagement emerge, then we will crack down against them.”

Ditib rejects every form of defamation of customs, traditions and celebrations, according to Şimşek. “However, it must always be checked beforehand whether any criticism of a custom also constitutes contempt. As a Muslim umbrella organisation rooted in this society, we are always guided by the idea of tolerance, mutual esteem and acceptance”.

Criticism of “lavish New Year’s Eve celebrations”

The sermon sent out by the Turkish religious authority only criticized “the wastefulness of New Year’s Eve celebrations,” according to the Ditib Nord chairman. “Since many humans in the world suffer from hunger and war, we can understand the criticism of such wastefulness,” said Şimşek. “However, the respect for other customs and traditions would also have to be stressed more.”

12 thoughts on “The Christmas-Haters of Ditib

  1. Western women and their feminised males with a very measured Muslim alliance are undermining and destroying our societies. Soon the Muslim will enlist in all branches of the forces to openly train for his moment in the hated Kufar bun. London is already Alexandria. Yeah I know.

  2. “tolerance, mutual esteem and acceptance”
    Is this the caption of the illustration above?

  3. I suddenly recall that Barry Webb suggested early Islam was influenced by the Arian Heresy, the doctrine that Jesus was not divine.
    Now here’s the Kicker: Saint Christopher, in one of the early meetings of the Bishops, was involved in a debate on the matter. He was so enraged by the heresy that he punched another bishop in the face for denying Christ’s divinity!
    He was known to be a physically powerful man, having spent years in Roman salt mines. He punched that heretic so hard that even today, their descendants in Islam feel the pain.

  4. This is kind of amusing. All over the US, rabbis and pastors from various protestant sects are telling their congregants that Christmas and New Years are off limits; there is some frowning and murmuring; then the faithful do what they want to do. The atheists might be the first in line to buy trees! Those from the former Soviet Union buy “New Years” trees. What’s this with taking this so seriously whether or not one emulates religious preachers?

    • What is your source of information regard Rabbis and Protestant pastors.

      I don’t believe a word of your comment.

  5. Islam is not a religion, it is a regimented and inflexible form of governance to which all must submit.

    As such, is 100% antithetical to the U.S. constitution and the open religious founding of this nation and of most countries in the western world.

    Mosques are not centers for religion, they are political indoctrination centers as are the madrasas under their influence.

    There is no place in America or the free thinking nations of this world for mosques or practicing muslims.

    Recognize they do not modify their laws to abide by ours and by definition do not assimilate to the host nations that allow them entry and residence.

    These truths are self evident; there should be no mosques allowed built nor immigration to the west by muslims.

    Welcome them as visitors or to attend centers of learning, but all must then return to their nations with said knowledge, never to gain permanent residence.

    Failure to recognize this is leading to the destruction of our economies and the descent into third world despotism. Some nations are farther down the road to destruction than ours, but it is happening. Welcoming your enemies entry is never sound policy.


  6. Round up the muslims and ship them ALL to the Saudi Arabian desert. All muslim owned property in the US is to be seized and redeployed as housing and rehab centers for veterans and victims of domestic abuse. No Muslims Ever.

  7. Naturalherbes

    The answer to your question is corruption and money. A great number of those in our government are corrupted by money from the muslim sphere, ergo they will do nothing to damage their gravy train. We the people and our children are going to be paying the price for their short term venality. Sweden and France are the petri dish, just watch was is going on there (alternate media as the official press is muzzled by the respective governments).

    • Sounds like we are being run and not really running. Right now it’s got the look and feel of serious overrun.
      A drill sergeant calling recruits ladies used to be good for laughs.

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