Muslims in Germany are completely alienated politically and also have to cope with a racist witch-hunt, which has increased continually ever since the September 11 terror attacks in New York and Washington. Muslims as a whole are routinely associated with the enforced wearing of headscarves, honour killings, arranged marriages and violent criminality.The ruling elite in the worlds of politics, the media and academia are systematically attempting to divert attention away from the social crisis and class tensions, instead expounding on a “war of cultures. This could be seen in the article by historian Hans-Ulrich Wehler in the Die Zeit newsweekly about a Turkish problem, due to the fact that the Muslim minority has proven itself incapable of assimilation. Writer Botho Strau warned in Der Spiegel of the Islamification of the West and implicitly called for a crusade and fight against Muslim minorities in Western countries.The study Muslims in Germany has now given new impetus to this demagogy. Even though the authors have subsequently called for a more differentiated view to be taken on the results of their study, they are nevertheless directly responsible for the fact that the study has provided new fuel to the likes of Koch and Schuble. This Muslim-baiting has since been joined by the interior ministers of Lower Saxony, Uwe Sch¼nemann (CDU), and of Bavaria, Joachim Herrmann (Christian Social Union), who demand that all Muslims living in Germany must sign a “declaration renouncing violence.”

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