The leader of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) has slammed those sympathetic to migrants saying that their “refugees welcome” attitude has become the new German religion. AfD leader Frauke Petry said that many Germans are so blinded by this over willingness to help everyone in the world that they cannot see that many of those they endeavour to help, Muslims in particular, do not share German values in regard to minorities, religious freedom, or the rights of women, Die Welt reports.
“The achievements of the Reformation and Enlightenment are
endangered,” Ms. Petry told the German press and noted that the freedom
of all citizens was under a severe risk due to the mass migration of
peoples from Muslim countries who may not share those same enlightenment
“In the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, there is no
religious freedom,” Ms. Petry stated, adding that “this thinking is now
supported by Germany”.
According to several polls, Muslims in Germany, notably the large
Turkish diaspora, support religious Islamic law over German law, with
one poll showing that up to half of all Turks in Germany see Sharia law as supreme to German law.
Citing these polls Ms. Petry argued of the dangers to German society
and highlighted the prevalence of foreign imams and money flowing into
German mosques from countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The foreign
funding is also largely blamed for the increase in the number of radical
Salafist believers in the country which has almost doubled in the past three years.
The AfD, like more than half Germany citizens according to polls,
have said that Islam does not belong to German culture. Ms. Petry was
also quick to point out that she and her party had no problem with
Muslims who integrated into society and practise their religion in
private, but the party takes issue with overtly public displays such
calls to prayer, minarets, and the full-face Islamic veil.
When asked if she thought that her statements and her party were
populist, Ms. Petry replied that populism meant the will of the people.
She asserted that populism is not a dirty word and said “we make policy
for the people”. During the campaign for the election in Berlin, Ms.
Petry said that she wants the AfD to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) as the real “people’s party”.