German Vice Chancellor: “Salafist mosques must be banned, communities dissolved, and preachers expelled”

This all sounds great, and is long overdue in view of the fact that such mosques teach hatred of unbelievers and the necessity ultimately to subjugate them under the rule of Islamic law, but how does Sigmar Gabriel propose to distinguish Salafist mosques from “moderate” ones? Will he monitor the teaching in all mosques? Will he require that mosques institute programs to teach against the jihadis’ understanding of Islam? What will he do if he discovers that a mosque previously deemed to be “moderate” is teaching an understanding of Islam he thought to be uniquely “Salafist”?

Gabriel, meanwhile, for all his tough talk about Salafist mosques, clearly has no clue about the nature of the problem. He called for making sure that “urban areas are not neglected, villages do not fall into disrepair and people do not become more and more radicalized,” indicating that he believes in the oft-discredited assumption that poverty causes terrorism. What will he do when he showers money on Muslim communities and then finds that they’re still preaching jihad and Islamic supremacism?

“German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel calls for ban on Islamist mosques,” DW, January 6, 2017:

Social Democrats leader and German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has called for tougher measures against Islamist trends in Germany. His demands come just weeks after the “Islamic State”-claimed terror attack in Berlin.

In an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said that “Salafist mosques must be banned, communities dissolved, and the preachers should be expelled as soon as possible.”

“Those who encourage violence do not enjoy the protection of religious freedom,” the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) added, stressing that he had “zero tolerance” in combating Islamism.

‘Cultural fight’

Radical Islamism is regarded as the fastest-growing extremist movement in Germany. Its followers are convinced that Islam and modernity cannot be reconciled.

“If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural fight,” Gabriel told Der Spiegel.

This means strengthening the cohesion of society and ensuring that “urban areas are not neglected, villages do not fall into disrepair and people do not become more and more radicalized,” the vice chancellor added.Half of the followers of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) who have travelled to Syria, are Germans, often with German parents, Gabriel said….
 , Jan 8,2017

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