An ancient, alien enemy in the heart of Christendom — what could go wrong?
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s public calls for tolerance and inclusivity are increasingly falling on deaf ears, a new survey into Germany’s attitudes towards Islam shows.
A new poll shows almost two-thirds of Germans think Islam does not “belong” in their country. In a marked increase from a similar survey conducted six years ago in which a minority of Germans (47 per cent) thought Islam had no place in their nation, the latest poll shows the figure is now at 60 per cent.
That survey was provoked by then-President Christian Wulff’s assertion that Islam was a part of the German nation, which sparked a furious backlash from social commentators.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeated Mr Wulff’s line on several occasions, but she has been undermined by her own interior minister’, who publicly stated that Islam “does not belong” in Germany.
They’re right, of course. Islam does not belong in Germany, or anywhere in the Christian West. Since Charles Martel, Christians have had to fend off invasions by these people, at Tours, Lepanto, the gates of Vienna and elsewhere. Unluckier civilizations, such as the Persians, have fallen victim to the Arabs, the Turks and their savage god, with what results we can see across the globe. Modern, post-Christian European politicians may think religion no longer matters — because it no longer matters to them — but our Islamic enemies know better.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) is an anti-immigration party, whose representatives recently refused to applaud Germany’s first Muslim speaker of a state parliament. A portion of their manifesto is titled “Islam is not party of Germany”, in a direct response to Chancellor Merkel’s public stance.
They write: “An orthodox form of Islam that does not respect our laws or even resists them, and makes a claim to be the only valid religion, does not correspond to our legal system and culture.” The document also calls for a ban on minarets, burkhas and other “Islamic symbols of power”.
Ninety-four per cent of AfD supporters responding to the survey said Islam did not belong in Germany, an opinion shared by 76% of those who support the centre-right Free Democratic Party.
It’s small wonder that the “far-right” parties — the socialist Left’s word for patriotic political movements — are on the rise. But even after their coming victories at the polls, in France, Austria and, soon enough, Germany, the damage done by Merkel and her ilk will take a very long time to undo.