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German Bigotry Shifting From Race to Religion

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(via. Islamophobia-Watch)

German bigotry shifting from race to religion

(The Local)

“It’s no longer ‘the Turks’ but ‘the Muslims’,” Wilhelm Heitmeyer, head of the institute for research of interdisciplinary conflict and violence at Bielefeld University told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung on Monday. Research has led him to be concerned general xenophobia had given way to a growing rejection of Islam in Germany.

His theory is not new – a study from Münster university found that in 2010, 66 percent of western Germans and 74 percent of eastern Germans had a negative attitude towards Muslims.

And a more recent study from the Allensbach Institute suggested that this had not changed over the past two years, as only 22 percent of Germans asked said they agreed with Germany’s ex-President Christian Wulff’s statement that Islam, like Christianity, was a part of Germany.

Heitmeyer also found that Islamophobia seemed to exist not only in the far-right, but was also present in more left-leaning and centrist circles. The sentiment was identifiable throughout the country, from the highest echelons of society to the lowest.

Neo-Nazi expert from Düsseldorf’s technical university Alexander Häusler told the newspaper that while discriminating against an entire ethnicity was a taboo, religion-based racism was generally considered to be exercising freedom of opinion.

“Criticism of Islam or Muslims appear acceptable, because it is not seen as classically racist,” said Häusler.

German Muslims have also voiced concern about growing anti-Islamic sentiment. Head of the Central Council for Muslims in Germany Aiman Mazyek told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that police and intelligence officials still refused to rank violent attacks towards Muslims independently, but grouped it within the broad category of xenophobia.

“By doing this, hostility against Islam is being blurred out,” said Mazyek. He said the government should publish a yearly racism report.

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  • Talking_fish_head

    I didn’t we time traveled back to the 1930’s

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  • Haddock

    I have heard that this attitude is called “cultural racism.”

  • Reynardine

    Cool down. An individual’s relationship with God is as personal and private as their relationship with their spouse.

  • Reynardine

    Mindy, when I was being baked, they were wiping out the Warsaw Ghetto. When I was in my early teens, the newscasts had Parisian drivers blatting out “Algèrie Francaise!” on their horns. We’ve seen genocides in Europe as lately as the nineties. You still wouldn’t want to be Roma in most of that “continent”. As for what happened before that…well, let’s just say that the intolerance of Americans has European roots, all right, and when you scratch a European deep enough, you may find that beneath that European veneer, there’s…a European.

  • Reynardine

    Passed the bar? She went right in and drank herself pie-eyed.

  • Reynardine

    East Germans, if you mean those old enough to have been brought up in the GDR, tend to be antireligious in general, and it would be easy for them to translate xenophobia into an antireligious bias. That doesn’t make it ultimately less dangerous, but they may be coming from a different place than West Germans on this.

  • mindy1

    I thought europe was supposed to be so tolerant

  • mindy1

    Her as a Mensa member? They’ve lowered their standards :P

  • Heinz Catsup

    @zakariyaalisher:disqus you said: “But then, Schlussel is pretty stupid even by Islamophobe standards. How she passed the bar, I’ll never know.”

    & yet supposedly, she’s a member of Mensa. ROFL!

  • eslaporte

    Very excellent post above.

    The mass media should get a lot to blame for this. As we have all said a gazillion times here the narrative after horrible violent events is vastly different and more of moral panic when the perpetrator is discovered to be Muslim. The reasons are two fold.

    First, the mass media has invested itself in creating moral panic and maintaining moral panic when it comes to Muslims and Islam in the Western world. A horrible murder by a Muslim is not just any murder – but a terrorist attack and a national security threat. The murder of a filmmaker on the streets of Amsterdam is not just any murder, nope, but a threat to national survival and to “our values.”

    Second – it took efforts on the part of the African American community to make “racist” discourse a career ending activity or at a least highly shameful one. This effort need to be undertaken by the Muslim community and its supporters. The use of boycotts and calling out advertisers has worked in the past. More efforts need to be undertaken to make the public aware of the escalation of violence against Muslims and people who ‘look like them.” I think that CAIR is doing a lot more now than two years ago in this area.

    I think that a further problem is that “Islamist” and “Islamism” are routinely used in counter-terrorism discourses and narratives among so-called “professionals and experts” (who often cycle out of government to think tanks) and, so, the use of these general terms makes innocent Muslims look like “terrorists.” The so-called NYPD “radicalization” model should be protested and abolished as a threat to freedom in democratic societies.

    The term “terrorism” and “terrorist” should be abolished. It’s no secret that there has never been a set definition that all can agree on…”Terrorist” appears to be to be a term for “Muslims behaving badly” and a derogatory term to call “brown-skinned ragheads.” Abolish it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/al.liberator Al Liberator

    It is incredible that some people defy themselves and refuse to see the light !

    The Muslims want to save God creation from hell fire and present the truth to the not yet Muslims but ignorance and false media keep portraying the Muslims as the boogeymen of Europe ! it is completely false work of the Devil!
    Here read it for yourself what the Muslims believe the very words of GOD !
    http://WWW.QURAN.COM

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    This is hardly surprising. For a long time now, we’ve seen how both professional Islamophobes like David Whoreowitz, Robert Spencer, Pamella Geller, Geert Wilders and their vocal internet followers have carefully distanced themselves from allegations of ‘racism’ by repeating the mantra that “Islam isn’t a race”… all while they attack Arabs, Iranians, Pakistanis and pretty much anyone with brown skin and a “funny sounding” name.

    Of course, anyone with eyes and even a modicum of common sense could see that they were simply using “Muslim” as if it were a racial category. There are no shortage of quotes from the various luminaries of the hate movement that said as much. Indeed, the entire Eurabia movement is based on the premise of Arab/Muslim immigrants overtaking and outbreeding white European Christians. Naturally, their less clever (or at least, less subtle) followers have taken the same path. They will continue to single out Muslims for attack.

    We already saw this in the US, where that woman pushed Sunando Sen to his death in New York. And while we all saw the Islamophobia in her rants, nobody mentioned that she also conflated Hindus and Muslims, claiming she hated us both and lumped us together. I wasn’t aware any of the 9-11 hijackers were Hindu. That quote went under the radar, but it shows how all ‘brown’ people are conflated in their minds. Its not just skin color, it’s culture, religion… but the end result is the same. We are hated because we aren’t part of the majority. I truly feel sorry for the Copts, Assyrians and other Oriental Christians. I can only imagine the crap they will endure.

    Of course, this sort of thing isn’t new to Germany either. And no, I’m not referring to the Shoah. That would be a low shot even for me. I’m referring to the murder of Marwa Sherbini. She and her unborn child were stabbed to death in court, in front of the judge, in front of her husband (who, incidentally, was shot when he tried to intervene). The German police then went out of their way to protect her killer and his identity. Funny thing is, they apparently couldn’t have been bothered to check him for a knife before he went into court…

    And it’s happened with the neo-Nazi cell that was killing immigrants. Not a one time killing spree either, but a killing spree that spanned several years. Indeed, it was not until they shot a German police woman that their crimes came to public attention. And ironically, it was about the same time Merkel was decrying how Muslim immigrants “didn’t immigrate” or some such crap. As Eslaporte said, Europol, the German authorities and even the media have downplayed the threat posed by right wing terrorist groups, and that was true with the immigrant murder cell too. I can’t speak much for the domestic market, but they were barely a blip on the international media.

    The thing that all of both of these killers have in common is the fact that they targetted Muslims specifically. Almost as if Islam were synonymous with being “brown.” As if all Muslims were immigrants (and vice versa).

    Perhaps equally insidious, looking back at Spencer, Geller and the rest of Team Hatred©, you’ll notice that they very rarely concern themselves with what we might call “non-stereotypical” Muslims. You know, Muslims from other backgrounds. East Asian Muslims, black African Muslims, white Muslims… oh sure, you’ll get an occasional mention when someone gets killed by terrorists in Indonesia or Nigeria, or when an Albanian immigrants are convicted of a crime, or when some white Euro-American convert tries to join al-Qaeda, but for the most part they are overshadowed by Middle Eastern, North African and/or South Asian Muslims (and sometimes non-Muslims like Hindus, Sikhs, even the occasional Christian).

    The fact that there are sizable minorities of white Euro-American converts to Islam in the US, Britain, Germany and just about every other Western nation seems lost on them, as does the fact that the overwhelming majority of our Brothers and Sisters in faith are law abiding. Or mostly law abiding, barring a few mp3 downloads here or there. :-D But then, white Muslims converts (or reverts if you prefer) are a lot harder to profile. Many don’t have “Muslim sounding names.” Oh sure, you get a few conservatives who sport full on crazy ass beards, but most blend in with Euro-American society. And still have non-Muslim family members. They aren’t nearly so scary or foreign… or perhaps they are too close for comfort. Either way, they aren’t good for Geller and her ilk.

    Likewise, the very sizable and historically noteworthy black Muslim community here in the US, both Nation of Islam (and its various offshoots) and more traditional Sunni Muslims. I’ve noticed a very distinct lack of coverage on them since 9-11. And again, it makes sense. While its easy to denounce that homogenous brown mass of “A-rab”, Iranian and “Paki” villains and ne’er-do-wells, its much harder for Geller and other US-based Islamophobes to attack blacks, particularly well organized, politicized groups like the NOI. At least, not without being accused of racism, and that can be a career ending allegation here in the US. Especially in politics. If Peter King, for example, were to be accused of racism, particularly anti-black racism, in freaking New York, you’d never hear from him again. Public apology and then a complete disappearance from the political landscape.

    Oh, it certainly crops up from time to time. Geller has claimed that Obama, the “secret Muslim,” was also Malcolm X’s “secret love child,” and I believe Debbie Schlussel (Pamella’s less controlled, more psychotic Midwestern counterpart) has spewed something about the NOI as well. But then, Schlussel is pretty stupid even by Islamophobe standards. How she passed the bar, I’ll never know. Even blatant racists like David Yerushelami are carefully kept out of the public eye.

  • eslaporte

    “German Muslims have also voiced concern about growing anti-Islamic
    sentiment. Head of the Central Council for Muslims in Germany Aiman
    Mazyek told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that police and
    intelligence officials still refused to rank violent attacks towards
    Muslims independently, but grouped it within the broad category of
    xenophobia.”

    This hate is what spawns groups like the National Socialist Underground to have long criminal careers, this the climate of indifference and apathy by European Governments toward ethnic and religious minorities.

    This indifference and apathy are reflected in reports from Western security agencies, including Europol, that “the threat remains Islamists and jihadists” (not!) and “there is no threat from the radical right.” When these governments continue to make Muslims and Islam “The Threat” to society and national security – you’ll continue to see this type of bigotry. When you make a group an acceptable target – then it becomes more difficult to find perpetrators of violence and terrorism, as the perpetrators’ violent activities become acceptable and even admirable .

    One of the reasons why the NSU was able to get away with murders for years is that the victims were not as worthy of police and security protection as other members. After all, “Muslims are terrorists – never victims of terrorism!”

    European Governments helped to make Breivik and the National Socialist Underground by treating various groups as “deserving victims” and continuing to demonize with OVERBLOWN claims of “Islamist threat.” This footdragging and refusal to deal with the problem will result in terrorism and violence. The threat is not “Islamism and jihadists” – but apathy and indifference and we are all threatened by this!

    http://blog.yellow-stars.com/2011/12/why-far-right-terrorism-is-dangerous-in.html

    Yes – European Governments, Europol and Western security agencies own this situation and the violence that results!

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