The Germans want to criminalize denial of the Armenian genocide. Does that mean Obama would be arrested when he goes to Germany? Abe Foxman, too? I am down with that. Who is chipping in for airfare?
The Armenian genocide was the Muslim slaughter of over 1.5 million Christians.
157,000 Germans want the government to criminalize the denial of the Armenian Genocide Armradio
Nearly 157,000 Germans want the government to pass a law which would make it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, according to the results of an online poll conducted as part of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's strategy to bring the German government closer to the people, Reuters reports.
Merkel rejected the proposal in a discussion this week with some of the poll participants, sayin that such a move - already attempted by France - would badly harm relations with Turkey, a key trade partner.
Merkel also turned down a call for holding more critical debates about Islam, a politically sensitive issue in Germany which is home to around four million Muslims.
The online poll is part of an ongoing government initiative called "Dialogue on the Future" that aims to get ordinary Germans thinking about how to improve life in Germany.
Merkel thinks not talking about jihad will solve the problem. Just the opposite: silence is sanction.