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Testing Muslims in Germany

by DowneastDem Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 06:32:48 PM EST

Muslims seeking German citizenship in Baden-Wuerttemberg will henceforth be required to take a 30-question "Citizenship test". This "innovation" is being implemented by officials in this (Christian Democrat-governed) state after survey results seemed to indicate that many Muslims believe the German constitution conflicts with the teachings of the Koran. More on this in Expatica:

Only Muslims from the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) are required to answer the questions as part of the process to become German citizens. All other nationalities and religions are not subject to any of the sometimes deeply personal questions which include the following:
- "Imagine that your adult son comes to you and says he is homosexual and plans to live with another man. How do you react?"

I wonder how conservative evangelical Protestants or devout Catholics would respond to many of these questions.

Meanwhile, the US-based "expert" on Islamic affairs - Daniel Pipes - has endorsed this test, and believes it should be implemented in every Western country. But Pipes goes much further and has latched on to another proposal in Saxony that would "tag" radical Muslim clerics with electronic foot bracelets:

If hate preachers are tagged, why not the many other non-violent Islamists who also help create an environment promoting terrorism? Their ranks would include activists, artists, computer gamers, couriers, funders, intellectuals, journalists, lawyers, lobbyists, organizers, researchers, shopkeepers, and teachers. In short, Schünemann's initiative could lead ultimately to the electronic tagging of all Islamists.

Why not just have them stitch yellow crescents on their clothing and require that this be displayed in public?

Seems to be the latest trend...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 05:50:39 PM EST
DeD wonders how conservative evangelical Protestants or devout Catholics would respond to many of these questions.

I can answer that.

Our conservative evangelical Protestants left Germany 150 to 200 years ago to settle in America, because they were unhappy with the morals of the nation. Before that time they used to emigrate to Russia, Romania and Hungary where they formed enclaves.

You won't find many of them around nowadays.

Devout Catholics otoh believe that human beings are incapable to escape sin. They will forgive and tolerate 'wrong doers'.

Btw.: Have fun with our nutty emigrants!

The locals who remained in Germany do all those things which evangelicals hate. They sit idly outside in the streets with their kids, drink beer and wine, enjoying the pagan sun and worshipping the heathen tree!

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819

by Ritter on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 07:35:45 PM EST

Looks like the evangelicals are making a comeback ... in Stuttgart!  Read about the first German mega-church:

Dialog International

by DowneastDem (david.vickrey (at) post.harvard.edu) on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 07:58:35 PM EST

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