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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Germany: conservative leaders reject President Wulff's remarks about Islam

Conservatives slam Wulff for Islam remarks - The Local:
Leading conservative German politicians assailed President Christian Wulff on Tuesday for comments intimating Islam had gained a status comparable to Christianity and Judaism in Germany.

Wulff riled his fellow Christian Democrats by saying Islam had become an important part of German society in a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of German reunification on Sunday.

While several Christian Democrats and their Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) allies grudgingly admitted Muslims had earned a place in Germany, they bristled at the idea they were changing the core social fabric of the country.

The speech was easily misunderstood,” CSU politician Norbert Geis told Bild on Tuesday. “If the president wanted to equate Islam in Germany with Christianity and Judaism, then I’d consider that wrong.”

Christian Democrat Wolfgang Bosbach, the head of parliament’s interior affairs committee, also said Islam could not expect to be put on the same level as the faiths based solely on the New and Old Testament.

Islam has certainly become part of the reality of daily life in Germany, but we belong to a Christian-Judeo tradition,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Muslim group has lauded Mr. Wulff for his stance. They said that he had made clear that Muslims weren't second-class citizens.

Meanwhile, German magazine reports (DE) that angry citizens have written him to critizise the speech, rejecting it, and that a poll has shown that 66% of Germans don't agree with those words.

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