But but but but this flies in the face of everything the media and political elite has been telling us for years -- peaceful Muslims oppose counter terror, anti-radicalization measures. So this can't be true! (/sarc tag off)
"A poster campaign by Germany's Interior Ministry to advertise a hotline for those worried that a friend or family member may be turning to radical Islam has incensed some Muslims who say it stigmatizes them." They say the campaign could fuel stereotypes of Muslims. Actually, it their opposing measures like this that fuel those pereceptions.
"German Muslims say anti-militant posters offensive" Reuters, September 6, 2012 (thanks to david)
A poster campaign by Germany's Interior Ministry to advertise a hotline for those worried that a friend or family member may be turning to radical Islam has incensed some Muslims who say it stigmatizes them.
Germany, home to four million Muslims, has become increasingly concerned about home-grown Islamic militants over the past decade after Hamburg served as a base for three of the September 11 suicide airline hijackers in 2001.
Officials are especially worried about the ease with which individuals can be recruited over the Internet by extremists. Last year a young Kosovo Albanian Muslim shot dead two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport after being radicalized online.
In the new campaign, posters showing four fictitious missing persons - 'Hassan', 'Fatima', German convert 'Tim' and 'Ahmed' - will be displayed in Arabic, Turkish and German in major cities with big immigrant populations from September 21.
"This is my brother Hassan. I miss him and hardly recognize him anymore," one poster reads.
"He has become reclusive and gets more radical every day. I'm afraid of losing him completely to religious fanatics and terrorist groups. If you're experiencing something similar, contact the information center for radicalization," it says.
Critics fear the campaign could fuel stereotypes of Muslims.
"Muslims are always regarded as a potential threat," said Aydan Oezoguz, a Turkish-German member of parliament and integration commissioner for the opposition Social Democrats.
"This is a very important issue, but it risks alienating an entire religious community," Oezoguz added.
The Interior Ministry says the campaign was crafted with the help of Muslim interest groups as part of a larger initiative to improve ties between security agencies and Muslim communities.
However, four of the six interest groups involved in the confidence-building initiative have since withdrawn their support.
"Constantly associating Islam with issues of violence and security policy can only lead to false perceptions," the groups said in a joint statement.