Nowhere has the logic of contemporary Islam been illustrated better than in the recently concluded German Islam Conference (GIC). This seventh in a series of annual conferences aims at “furthering Moslem integration in Germany.” (h/t Stonegate Institute & Soeren Kern)
This year’s GIC apparently aimed to highlight the increasing rates of forced marriages and domestic violence among the more than four million Moslems in the country. Needless to say, the conference failed, at least from the German perspective. There wasn’t even a final press conference, apparently because Moslems were angry at some “offensive” (i.e. probably truthful) comments at the 2011 GIC press conference.
More “offensive” words were uttered at this year’s GIC. German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich declared at the very outset that Islamic extremism has no place in Germany, specifically that “[w]e all agree that Salafist extremism is not acceptable and does not work in a free society, as we have in Germany,” and: “Religion must not be abused in an ideological bid for power.”
Strong words, those, reflecting a sad truth. The German domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV – which translates as “Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution“), views the Salafist groups in Germany as a threat to German security. However, Salafists have no adult supervision in Germany, and Salafist preachers regularly preach hatred against the West in Germany’s mosques and prayer centers. The estimated 29 Islamist groups in Germany with 34,720 members or supporters, many of whom want to establish a “Koran-state” in Germany because they believe Islamic Sharia law is divine law that must supplant democracy, which is merely a man-made form of government.
Just how much power do these mainstream Islamistas have? Kenan Kolat, chairman of the Turkish Community in Germany, kept the Salafist issue off the GIC agenda. In an interview with the Rheinischen Post newspaper, he said that “[a] hysterical debate is not helpful.” And Ali Kizilkaya, chairman of the German Islamic Council, told German public radio that “it is definitely not the spirit of the Koran to foment unrest in society.”
(Does this begin to sound familiar? As in: “Americans are hysterically Islamophobic?” And: “Islam is a religion of peace and love?” And the unholy love affair between the Obama régime and CAIR?)
German Moslems also refused to discuss the main item on the official GIC agenda, namely “Gender Equality as a Common Value.” Instead, they claimed: “Domestic violence and the practice of forced marriage do not originate from a particular religion, but come from certain traditional, patriarchal structures.” (Imagine, Moslems have now adopted “holy feminist dogma!”) And: “Islam is an open and tolerant religion that opposes physical and psychological violence and forced marriage and encourages individual self-determination, self-development and freedom of opinion and expression.”
There is no connection, GIC Moslem participants insisted, between Islam and forced marriage.
However, the German Federal Ministry of the Family, which I tend to believe just a tiny bit more than Moslem propagandists, published the following data for 2008:
- 3,443 people sought help because they were being, or had already been, forced into marriage. Of these:
- 83.4% were from Moslem households,
- 94% of these people were women,
- almost one third were 17 or younger,
- another 40% were between 18 and 20,
- 70% were beaten or otherwise physically abused to “convince” them to marry,
- 27% were threatened with death or weapons if they didn’t comply.
Ever the slippery bureaucrat, Interior Minister Friedrich expressed pleasure that this year’s GIC was able to “forge consensus” on forced marriage and domestic violence and to agree that these problems “do not come from religion, but from the patriarchal structures and traditions in the countries of origin.” He then happily added that: “It is the first time that so many Muslim organizations and individuals were able to agree on such a declaration.”
In case anyone is wondering what the focus of next year’s GIC will be…
You’ll never guess, I am sure.
Wait for it!
You never saw that coming, did you?
Anyway, here’s my summary of Islamic logic:
- Wherever we live, we rule.
- Wherever you live, you submit.
- What we say and do is always right.
- Any of your words, actions or even thoughts that we think run counter to our words, actions or even thoughts are illegal – even unthinkable – and therefore punishable by whatever means we deem to be appropriate.
- Any of our words, actions or even thoughts that seem cruel, evil or backward are actually gentle, righteous and progressive. It is only your own evil hearts that make them seem cruel or evil or backward.
- Because Allah and His Companions said so.