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?