Germany: Group pulls out of Islam conference
The government banned the Council of Islam and the Central Council of Muslims now dropped out, leaving only two Muslim organizations in the conference: Ditib (Turkish gov't org) and the Union of Islamic Cultural Centers.
A German Muslim group unexpectedly pulled out Wednesday from planned talks with the government about the integration of Islamic values, days before discussions were to restart.
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The Central Council of Muslims said the government-sponsored Islam Conference had no concrete goals and did too little to tackle Islamophobia.
"The German Islam Conference is nothing but a government-decreed forum," said Ayyub Axel Koehler, who heads the nationwide alliance of Sunni mosques.
Koehler criticized the interior ministry for failing to address any of his organization's key concerns.
Source: EarthTimes (English)