Tonight on Michael Coren's television show, The Arena, I discuss this latest stealth jihadi initiative in Germany on behalf of devout Muslims (salafists) who have announced that they will distribute 25 million qurans in Germany. "A quran in every German household." The security agencies are worried.
This is a naked attempt to convert Germans to Islam. But it is also an attempt to show Germans that Islam is among them for good, whether they like it or not. Salafist groups have been tied to terror again and again, and so there is a hint of menace to this -- it isn't just the Gideons distributing Bibles. In the Hadith Muhammad says first invite the unbelievers to accept Islam. If they refuse, invite them to submit to Islamic rule as dhimmis. If they refuse that also, go to war with them. So the Salafis are inviting the Germans to accept Islam. Will they go to war with them if they refuse? It's a distinct possibility.
Merkel ally says Islam not part of Germany
Leading member of German chancellor's conservative bloc says Islam isn't part of German 'tradition, identity'; remarks sure to stir controversy ReutersHead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc in parliament, Volker Kauder, told the Passauer Neue Presse on Thursday that "Islam is not part of our tradition and identity in Germany and so does not belong to Germany." The remarks are sure to stir controversy as the government hosts a conference to improve the integration of Muslims.
A row over whether an ultra-conservative Salafist Muslim group should be allowed to hand out millions of free German translations of the Koran to non-Muslims had already raised tensions and threatened to overshadow the conference.
Adding to her remark, Kauder stressed that "Muslims belong to Germany. As state citizens, of course, they enjoy their full rights." Germany is home to some 4 million Muslims, about half of whom have German citizenship. Many came from Turkey in the 1960s and 1970s and their hard work contributed to Germany's post-war economic miracle. Germany's total population is about 80 million.
While some people of Turkish origin have risen to prominent political and public positions, many others live in their own communities and studies show many youngsters struggle to learn German properly, limiting their chances of finding work.
In response to concerns about radicalization and aware of the potential boost a well-qualified cohort of young Muslims could give to Europe's biggest economy, Merkel set up forums six years ago to improve integration, a highly charged issue.