According to a report filed at radicalislam.org by Soeren Kern, a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute,
The most distressing aspect of the agreement, and certainly the most controversial, centers around the city’s agreement to include Islam as part of the public school curriculum.
That aspect of the accord is, by itself, contentious enough, but details of the pact dictate that only Muslim officials can decide who will be allowed to teach the courses. By default that means that only Muslims will be instructors, which also means students will have no opportunity to learn opposing points of view regarding the religious, social and political ideologies of Islam.
Basic fundamentals of Islam do not allow separation of church and state. The faith is an all encompassing way of life which is a key factor in the nearly impossible task of finding common ground with Western values and societies.
With 200,000 Muslims currently living in
Rather than integrating Muslims into
Other aspects of the newly announced program include building more mosques, three approved state holidays for Muslim workers, special counseling for Muslim prisoners and burial rites that adhere to Islamic tradition.
For Muslims, the biggest concession in the agreement states that they will respect fundamental rights and support equality between the sexes, but there are no specifics in the document which provide any details about enforcement of those rules.
A Cologne-based organization comprised of former Muslims who have been sentenced to death for apostasy (leaving the religion) is one of the most vocal groups among the opposition. The Central Council of Ex-Muslims called the agreement a “black day” for
A statement issued by Chairperson Mina Ahadi said, “The city of
On the other hand, Hamburg Mayor Scholz, a former federal labor minister of the Social Democrats (SPD), described the signing at the city hall as a “milestone” for integration. Other communities in
Ultimately the goal of the SPD is to see Islam recognized as an official religion in
In the end it all boils down to politics. When German elections take place in the latter part of 2013, the Social Democrats hope to oust Chancellor Angela Merkel. By making concessions to Muslims, they hope to win a huge new voting block that could make the difference.
If we have learned anything from history however, it is that appeasement can also make a difference, and no one should know that better than
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