Debate On Role Of Islam Divides German Government

Source: NPR
BY SIMON SCHÜTZ

Germany’s new minister of interior, Horst Seehofer, has stirred up debate about the role of Islam in Germany.

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In an interview with the German newspaper BILD Seehofer said: “Islam is not a part of Germany. Germany has been influenced by Christianity. This includes free Sundays, church holidays and rituals such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. However, the Muslims living in Germany obviously do belong to Germany.”

This statement conflicted with the position of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel said, even though Germany has been influenced mainly by Christianity and Judaism, there are more than four million Muslims in the country, they “belong to Germany and so does their religion.”

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