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Turkish community demands more government pressure on Sarrazin

DDP/The Local · 28 Aug 2010, 10:07

Published: 28 Aug 2010 10:07 GMT+02:00

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"I ask the German government to initiate proceedings to dismiss Thilo Sarrazin from the Bundesbank board," Turkish community leader Kenan Kolat told German daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Saturday.

Kolat said the Bundesbank official's comments, which appear in Sarrazin's forthcoming book, had crossed the line. "It is the culmination of a new intellectual racism and it hurts Germany's reputation abroad," Kolat told the newspaper.

In an excerpt from his book published by daily Bild on Thursday, Sarrazin said there were "good grounds" for reservations against Muslims across Europe.

"There is no other religion with such a flowing transition to violence, dictatorship, and terrorism," he claimed, before making the equally provocative assertion that Muslim immigrants were "associated with taking advantage of social welfare state and criminality."

Kolat praised the broader government response to Sarrazin's statements, including criticisms voiced by the SPD leadership, the Green Party, the Left and integration commissioner Maria Böhmer, as well as Angela Merkel herself.

"I'm very pleased that the German chancellor spoke so clearly of defamation," he said. Kolat also thanked the Central Council of Jews in Germany for its clear condemnation of Sarrazin's comments.

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Lest the Social Democrats alienate migrant voters, Kolat said he was confident that his party would take further steps to kick Sarrazin out of the SPD. "He'll go himself, or he'll be made to leave," he said. The Bundesbank official survived a previous attempt this year to revoke his party membership for previous controversial comments.

Sarrazin's book, "Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen", or “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country in jeopardy,” is scheduled for publication on Monday. Kolat encouraged a media boycott of the press conference planned to announce the book's official release.

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17:01 August 28, 2010 by martinjohn
Compared with other European countries and American, Germany functions as a cohesive society and does with successful results. Moslem countries have not been tested with mass immigration of Caucasian Christians, so one can only guess how they would handle a similar situation. But people from outside Europe are surely disingenuous when they express horror at the reactions of some Germans. Like any well-functioning society, Germany must always have an eye to it's integrity, even when the popular and fashionable ideas are on the liberal side. Sarrazin tends towards being rather blunt, that may be so, but surely not to the point that he should censured. Immigrants should be able to take what he says. They can express their opinions as well in a free country.
19:11 August 28, 2010 by tallady
martinjohn,, well put !!!!!
20:17 August 28, 2010 by wenddiver
If your the TURKISH cOMMUNITY your NOT the GERMAN COMMUNITY!!! If I was a German, I would tell anybody who doesn't like the way I ran my country that there are Flights leaving Franfort Air port every minute, feel free to be on one.
21:28 August 28, 2010 by BR549
I think we should wipe out all mankind to end the "BS" bickering that keeps revolving around Sarrazin and his ideology! Just blow us all to hell...on second thought, even if we did that, we'd still bicker in the afterlife. Dang, I guess I will just have a tea and read the comics, even though this is "comical" enough.
22:00 August 28, 2010 by ExpatUSA
Where is the "Turkish Community in Germany" when it comes to the racist behaviour of their own members? Double standard.
05:56 August 29, 2010 by Kojote
Is this the first Muslim invasion of Europe with the intent of carrying Islam and Sharia law to the West? Will this one succeed at last?
13:31 August 29, 2010 by whatzup
The invasion of europe is succeeding through no fault of the middle east. Europe's insatiable appetite for cheap labor is carrying the day for Islam. Sharia law? Not yet, not quite yet.
12:57 August 30, 2010 by el3ktro
There are already regional Sharia courts in the UK. Oh, and a few months ago, UK police had to take down an advertisement banner in a large Muslim-populated area of London because the banner showed a dog puppy, and dogs are "unclean" according to Muslims and thus showing a dog puppy on an ad banner was a "provocation".

According to the pool supervisors at a public swimming pool in Berlin-Kreuzberg, non-Muslim visitors are being harrassed more and more when they don't wear Muslim-friendly body-covering swimming suits.

A Polish child in the fourth grade of a school in Berlin-Neukölln with 90% immigrants (=Muslim) got beaten up several times after she stated once in school that she didn't believe in god. When walking hand in hand with her female friend - like many kids in Western societies do it - she's constantly being called a 'whore' or a lesbian.

It's stories like this - and there are many of them - which just make this strong feeling grow within me, that I don't want Islam to get any stronger here.

And what simply bugs me is that I'm getting called a racist because of that. I'm not against foreigners at all, but I'm strongly against demolishing all of our values and lifestyle, which is democracy, personal freedom, freedom of religion (which includes freedom FROM religion, by the way) equality of all people before the law and a tolerance for each other's habits and lifestyles. But I have no tolerance for intolerance.
23:22 August 30, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
As much as I think Sarrazin is an idiot and I don't care what he thinks, I care even less what the "Turkish Community of Germany" thinks. Sarrazin can say whatever he wants, and it's not a radical political position in any way to think that Islam doesn't integrate well into German society. It's just not an often-voiced one. It's still a free country for the time being, and he can say whatever the hell he wants.
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