AfD leader, Frauke Petry

Germany’s populist AfD party debates Islam as congress continues

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday turned its focus to the issue of Islam in Germany, after having decided on Saturday to call for a reduction of Brussels’ say in German politics at its congress in the southern city of Stuttgart.

The AfD leadership has said it sees the Islamic religion as a political ideology that is not reconcilable with the German constitution. It is opposed to allowing the construction of minarets in Germany, and wants to ban both calls to worship by muezzins and the wearing of full-face veils.

Co-chairman Jörg Meuthen said on Saturday that although religious freedom was an essential part of German culture, the Western, Christian world view was the guiding principle, and not Islam. For this reason, he said, muezzin calls could not be given the same status as the ringing of church bells.

  • simus1

    muslim think has less than a degree of separation from nazi think.
    Germans would be wise to debate that at length as well and also spend considerable time on the fact that fate has not been kind to them in the leadership department with a very few exceptions like Konrad Adenauer.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Or maybe it has to do with the Church Bells only go one day a week rarely, and the calls of the muezzin go 5 times a day every day?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It’s nice to see reality intrude upon German (and other European) political correctness.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Is it too much to hope for a party like this to arise here? Yes? Oh, yeah, that’s what I thought. 🙁

  • bob e

    little by little .. until the germans again become some powerful beast.
    then i pity the muzzies.