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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
tension and backlash against Muslims in Europe
New German minister: Islam does not
belong in Germany
By Danna Harman
Just three days into the job, Germany's new interior minister is already
causing his government a headache after wading into a highly delicate
debate about multiculturalism and claiming Islam was not a key part of
the German way of life. "Islam in Germany is not something supported by
history at any point," Hans-Peter Friedrich told journalists on his
first day as Thomas de Maiziere's replacement on Thursday.
Friedrich was speaking in the context of a probe by German authorities
into last Wednesday's killing of two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt Airport,
in which it is believed the 21-year-old Kosovan suspect Arid Uka was a
lone operator motivated by radical Islamist beliefs. His comments were a
play on words, turning on its head an earlier remark made several months
ago by German President Christian Wulff, who said Islam now "belongs to
Germany" because of the 4 million Muslims who live there.