The perils of a ‘German Islam’ project

Source: Daily Sabah

BY BURHANETTIN DURAN; @burhanduran

The German government’s ‘secular Islam’ project only serves to make the Muslims in Europe become more radicalized, but not more integrated into their society

The German Islam Conference, an initiative of the German Interior Ministry, held its fourth meeting in Berlin last week. The program was launched in 2006 to promote dialogue between representatives of the German government and the country’s Muslim community.
Meeting once every legislative term, the conference seeks to accomplish two goals: To facilitate the cultural integration of Muslims in Germany and create an institutional mechanism to keep the Muslim community under check.

Last week’s gathering was chaired by Horst Seehofer, the German interior minister best known for claiming that “Islam does not belong” to the country. More than 200 delegates attended the event, where a range of issues including the training of imams and whether the Muslim community belonged to Germany, were discussed.

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