BERLIN – A German politician infuriated the Muslim minority on Thursday, April 19, by saying that Islam does not belong to the European country.
"Islam is not part of our tradition and identity in Germany and so does not belong in Germany," Volker Kauder, head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in parliament, told the Passauer Neue Presse.
"But Muslims do belong in Germany.
“As state citizens, of course, they enjoy their full rights," he said.
The politician’s remarks came as Germany opened an annual government-sponsored conference to discuss integration of German Muslims.
The event, attended by delegates from Muslim groups and federal and state governments, was overshadowed by a debate over a campaign by a Muslim group to distribute free copies of the Noble Qur’an to teach Germans about Islam.
"Religion must not be abused in an ideological bid for power," Interi
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