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Germany's Muslims are pious and yet more tolerant than most assume, a new study has found. Its authors are urging authorities to draw the country's Muslim children away from Koran schools by offering public religious instruction.
Dr. Martin Rieger of the Bertelman Stiftung thinks Muslim children should have their own religion classes. Rieger was the director of the study "Muslim Religiosity in Germany," which was provided to SPIEGEL ONLINE ahead of its scheduled publication on Friday.
Rieger also finds it "surprising" that religion only has a major influence on the political stance of a small group of Muslims. The study found that only 16 percent of the Muslims surveyed said that their faith had an effect on their political attitudes and that two-thirds of them would say no to having their own Islamic political party.
The orthodox As Soennah mosque in The Hague, the home base of the controversial imam Jneid Fawaz, has lost sight of a group of about 20 radical Muslim youth.
Hague council member Abdoe Khoulani of the Islam Democrats had raised the alarm about it to mayor Jozias van Aartsen. The mosque administration is also concerned. According to Khoulani the mosque administration had meanwhile informed the AIVD.
Three Turkish teens from Cologne who unsuccessfully tried to overpower two police agent on Tuesday, wanted to start a 'holy war' against the Americans in Germany with the service weapons, according to Josef Rainer Wolf, of the Cologne pubic prosecution.
The youth, aged 15 to 17, were arrested and indicted for attempt to murder. Berlin newspaper B.Z. wrote that they had hoped to find sub-machine guns in the police car, in order to commit an attack against the American barracks in Heidelberg. "This shows the danger of Islamist propaganda gives us great concern," according to a prominent security advisor of the federal government.
According to Wolf the fact that the anti-terrorism police hadn't caught sight of the youth earlier shows that they had been incited to their act by Islamist hate propaganda on the Internet. The you couldn't have gotten their extreme opinions from home. Their parents are western oriented Turks.
Four people were arrested in London yesterday over an alleged terror attack on the publisher of a controversial book on the prophet Muhammad.
The police spokesman identified the suspected Islamist militants, on a KLM aircraft about to take off for Amsterdam, as a 23-year-old Somali and a 24-year-old German born in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
"It all went off in quite an unspectacular manner," he told Reuters television.
Police in the North Rhine-Westphalia district of western Germany said there was no indication the two were about to launch an attack.
"German police authorities removed two passengers from the plane...All the passengers had to get out for a check of all the luggage, and they removed the suspects' luggage," said a spokesman for KLM.
The flight, KL1804, continued its journey to Amsterdam just over an hour later.
Somalia is riven by a civil war pitching Islamist rebels against an Ethiopian-backed government. A large number of Somali refugees have moved to western Europe over 17 years of civil conflict.
Muslim organizations said last week they had lost confidence in Professor Muhammad Kalisch, the theologian who oversaw a teacher-training program at the University of Muenster in northern Germany.
Kalisch upset the Muslim community by writing that there was no historical evidence that the Prophet Mohammed existed.
The state of North-Rhine Westphalia said it would accelerate plans to set up a new chair of Islamic education at the university.
Kalisch would keep his professorship but the newcomer would head the training courses.
Germany is preparing to introduce Islam classes for Muslim children in public schools.
The state higher education ministry in Dusseldorf said the appointments process for the new chair would be completed soon, adding that the new chair had been authorized in 2007 but had not yet been filled.
There would be close consultation with the mosque federations over the appointment, a spokesman said.
The appointment is seen as a face-saving way out of the dispute since German university authorities never sack professors on the grounds of public criticism.
A university spokesman praised the outcome, saying Kalisch's field was Islamic theology, not teacher training, and he had not been intended to run the program for teachers.
An estimated 3.3 million people of Muslim background live in Germany, 1.8 million of them Turks.
Source: Expatica (English)
A minister has called for the Government to introduce a new religious discrimination law which would require public bodies to have a legal duty to promote equality between faiths, to reassure Britain's Muslims that they are not second-class citizens.
Sadiq Khan, a government whip, wants a forthcoming Single Equality Bill aimed at stamping out discrimination on grounds of sex, race, gender and disability to include religion. He also calls for "Islamophobia in the workplace" to be tackled.
Under his proposal, public bodies would have to be proactive in tackling religious discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, would issue guidance and codes of practice. "This would not apply exclusively to British Muslims, but it would make a significant difference to the experience of members of this community who, because of socio-economic status, are particularly reliant on public services," Mr Khan says.
The Tooting MP, one of four Muslim Labour MPs, makes his controversial call in a Fabian Society pamphlet, Fairness not Favours, published today. He says a proactive approach to prevent religious discrimination would balance "harder edged" measures such as "clampdowns" on immigration and security and undercut attempts by Muslim extremists to exploit social disadvantage.
Mr Khan wants to break down religious barriers and argues strongly that Britain's Muslims must change, too. He urges them to forget about the Iraq war; give their women more freedom and use their charities to help white poor people. He also calls for imams to stress the importance of parental participation in schools and says everyone should learn English.
Source: Independent (English)