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Conservatives call on Muslims to report radicals in their midst

The Local · 25 Nov 2010, 10:11

Published: 25 Nov 2010 10:11 GMT+01:00

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Stefan Müller, integration spokesman for the Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union’s parliamentary group, said members of the 2,500 mosques in Germany should co-operate with anti-terrorism authorities more closely.

“In the face of the intensified situation, the mosque communities are called on to be especially watchful and keep an eye out for possible fanatics in their own ranks,” Müller told the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung’s Thursday edition.

The great majority of Muslims in Germany had nothing to do with terrorism, Müller stressed.

“It is also in their interests to prevent the abuse of Islam by radicals.”

Müller, of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the CSU, appealed to mosque-goers to “intensify co-operation with security services and pass on evidence quickly in cases of suspicion.”

The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, has previously said that many Muslims in Germany feel they are under suspicion because of their faith alone. Mosques had been subject to hate mail and material damage, he said.

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Amid the debate about the sharpened terrorism threat Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has also warned against holding a “general suspicion” of Muslims. He has also cautioned against hysteria and abusing the debate to pre-judge Muslims.

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10:52 November 25, 2010 by Jibzy
I agree. To all of us Muslims who say that Islam is being Hijacked..let us report those hijackers while we can. If we dont..then at least we shud stop crying that the world is labeling us terrorists.
12:04 November 25, 2010 by michael4096
It is dangerous because it becomes a method of screwing those you don't like. "He rejected my daughter so I'll denounce him as a terrorist!"

Many of the accidental bombings of weddings in both Iraq and Afganistan were exactly this cause.
15:17 November 25, 2010 by catjones
All religious founders were considered fanatics. Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha, Abraham et. al.
15:18 November 25, 2010 by marimay
There are some closet-nazi moderators on this website. Jeez....
17:56 November 25, 2010 by michael4096
There are some closet-nazi moderators on this website. Jeez....
given the three replies so far - and not a moderator in sight - that is one wierd post
21:37 November 25, 2010 by Edin
Mazyek and de Maizière have a point here,

From what Müller said, it seems that all visitors of those 2500 mosques are under suspission. And what does it mean "great majority of Muslims", 80%, 90% or 99,9%? So deliberately unprecise... it leaves people space for all sorts of interpretations. It will definetly only worsen the relationships.

Of course any sane person would report a fanatic, if they knew one... the thing is though fanatics don't hang around normal people, but themselves.
09:02 November 26, 2010 by adipk
Being a muslim, one thing i want to clear. Most of the time these bast€6D extremist have their own gathering points. Normally they dont mixed up with normal muslim people. but they try to catch some new birds.

But this is really a good initiative that People in the mosque must point out any stupid if exist. I will keep eye on such things.
23:59 November 26, 2010 by surj
catjones, " All religious founders were considered fanatic, jesus, mohammed,Buddha, Abraham .et..al" You must be out of touch with reality. Tell us any thing EVIL which Buddha did, compared to jesus ,muhammad and Abraham. see www.thereligionofpeace.com and www.faithfreedm.org
05:22 November 28, 2010 by Bob Morris
I'm writing from the USA. A would-be Moslem terrorist was arrested by our FBI, today or yesterday, in Portland Oregon, in our northwest. They had been investigating him for six months. How did they find out about him? A fellow Moslem in his mosque had overheard his rants, and called the FBI . . .
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