Anti-Islamic Movements in Germany: “Islamophobic – and Proud of It”

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Fundamentalist Christians are using populist slogans to incite against Muslims, whom they see as the new source of danger for Europe. The number of internet users who visit their websites is alarmingly high. The group calls itself “Deus Vult Caritatem” – Latin for “God wants love.” But it disseminates a fair amount of bad feeling. “Deus Vult Caritatem” caused uproar at a series of Munich city council information events in July. The Islam expert and lawyer Matthias Rohe held a talk on “The German constitution and sharia” which had to be broken off in a tumult. Several days later Rohe received a death threat via e-mail, and he published it on his homepage.

“Deus Vult Caritatem” was the title of a document issued by Pope Urban II in 1099, calling on the faithful to join the first Crusade and expel the Muslims from the Holy Land. The website of Deus Vult, which was launched at Easter 2007 to mark Pope Benedict XVI’s 80th birthday, issues a modern version of the same call to arms: “It is now high time to react once again and defend western civilisation as well as everything else which is threatened by radical Koran-Islam.”

…Deus Vult is a small player. Better known nationally is the “Federal Association of Citizens’ Movements to Protect Democracy, Homeland and Human Rights” or BDB (“Bundesverband der Bürgerbewegungen zur Bewahrung von Demokratie, Heimat und Menschenrechten”). Its objective, according to its own information, is to work “against the development of fundamentalist Muslim parallel societies in Germany,” and against Muslims “who make ever more demands intended to force European citizens to accept parts of the sharia.”…One member of the organisation tried to gain an injunction from a court in Hamburg to stop the distribution of the Koran, on the grounds that it was guilty of the offence of “offering insult to confessions, religious groups and associations representing world views,” as well as “the offence of racial incitement.” The court refused to hear the case.


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