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Muslims say fight against terror must not lead to general suspicion

The Local · 24 Jun 2011, 08:37

Published: 24 Jun 2011 08:37 GMT+02:00

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Muslim groups and security authorities have been called together by Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich for the meeting to discuss strategies to prevent and fight Islamist violence.

“Those who have become radicalised are a disappearing, small minority,” Aiman Mazyek, head of the Council told the Schwäbische Zeitung.

“It would be fatal if the more than four million Muslims in Germany were to come under general suspicion.”

He added that Mosque-based and Muslim religious communities presented no danger.

“Recognising and identifying extremist tendencies is the duty of everyone in Germany, including Muslims,” he said.

A conference of state interior ministers earlier this week decided to put more attention on groups of radical Salafist Muslims. Mazyek said this could be a mistake if taken too far.

“We should not make the mistake of making them more important by giving the Salafists too much attention in this debate,” he said. “We need more funds for political education, for anti-extremism programmes, for the training of Muslim confidants and for exit programmes,” he said.

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The summit was to do something to combat fears that in particular young Muslims are in danger of being radicalised by preachers and violent images accessed over the internet. The attack at Frankfurt Airport in March, in which a radicalised young man killed two American soldiers, was a case in point – the first Islamist attack in Germany.

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10:07 June 24, 2011 by Aasvogel
¦quot;Recognising and identifying extremist tendencies is the duty of everyone in Germany, including Muslims,¦quot;

Death for apostasy.

Death for adultery.

Death for homosexuality.

Honour killings.


That extremist enough for you?
10:19 June 24, 2011 by Krim
One should really condemn these crazy individuals who in the name of Islam kill innocents. These are individuals who are not acting in a mission planned and voted on. These are simply criminals or terrorists

How do we call these US solders who commit the Mahmudiyah massaker. see link

Terrorists? fighters for democracy?.....

10:49 June 24, 2011 by Twiceshy
This statement is far away from reality, all EU countries (and USA) spy Muslims already many years, political police take Muslims to spy Muslims and rats get privileges (money, better job, etc). Political police function on the basis of corruption, therefore their work is secret. The aim of spying is not security than arrest of Muslims to make war propaganda against Muslims. Muslim council should come to meeting with Minister only to speak about stopping of imperialism, robbing of other countries in the name of profit for energy corporations. Muslims don't make violence, they just protect themselves from aggressors which are hungry for oil. In any case, Wikileaks published who make terrorist actions and how many civilians died, therefore Julian (and soldier who gave him info) have problems and many companies (Amazon, PayPal, etc) which are connected with CIA refused to forward donations to Wikileaks. American and EU governments serve corporations and not the people. People are endangered by the war, politicians travel with protected cars they don't travel with train, so, politicians don't care, they care only about profit.
11:18 June 24, 2011 by trash head
Our last Crusader Friedrich. Sometimes is ask myself if he didnt feel embarrassed abt the bullsh!t he conversate all day long.
11:44 June 24, 2011 by harcourt
trash head : I presume by "Our" you mean German, after all Crusaders came from all over Catholic Europe at that time!!
12:16 June 24, 2011 by n230099
"¦quot;It would be fatal if the more than four million Muslims in Germany were to come under general suspicion.¦quot;

Sounds like they've work to do. It's up to them to purge their own. When it is clear that they will not internally abide the radicals the 'suspicion' will abate...but not until.
13:09 June 24, 2011 by lunchbreak
¦quot;Recognising and identifying extremist tendencies is the duty of everyone in Germany, including Muslims,¦quot; he said.

Perhaps this gentleman can start by examining the Koran itself.
13:29 June 24, 2011 by danceswithgoats
The problem is not Muslims. There are 1.3 billion Muslims and they all practice their religion differently. The problem is Islam. A literal reading of the Koran results in belief systems that are not compatible with the West and the 21st Century. The discussion on how to shape Islam to fit into the West needs to occur. Unfortunately, there is no "Vatican" in Islam so individuals are left to do it on their own. The result is inflammatory and charismatic Mullahs leading their followers astray.
14:37 June 24, 2011 by AbhilashD
@ danceswithgoats - I agree. The problem is that the Qur'an was recited by a man who was a political and military leader. I've always found it a little hard to swallow that the archangel revealed verses to him whenever people presented him with a problem. Whenever they questioned Muhammad coveting other people's wives, marrying a 6 year old girl, consummating the marriage when she was 9 and he 54, rape and pillage of conquered lands; all were sanctioned by the archangel.

If you read the Qur'an, the rhetoric is one of Allah saying - See, did I not tell you this? Did I not tell you that? As if he's out to prove himself.

What's with the Abrahamic gods and commanding people to worship them and no one else? And what's with them asking the faithful to punish the apostates? If they are indeed the true gods, won't they anyways be punished with hellfire?

Btw, the Saudi Ulema, especially at Makkah and Madinah, are sort of the Vatican equivalent. Earlier it was the Grand Ayahtollah. Ayatollah itself means - Proof or revelation or light of God. Wow. Once the Caliphate is established again (or IF), then the Caliph would be the 'Pope' of the Muslims.

Organised religion is a load of b0ll0cks.
15:56 June 24, 2011 by catjones
@n230099...I agree. Catholics should purge their own just like jews and homosexuals; men and women. I know, let's call it a Police Force and let them handle the various criminals.
17:53 June 24, 2011 by MarshaLynn
"¦quot;Those who have become radicalised are a disappearing, small minority... He added that Mosque-based and Muslim religious communities presented no danger."

Is he kidding? Or just lying? Some of these mosques are where major radicalization takes place. And I absolutely do not believe it is dying out whatsoever.

It is humanly impossible to (1) not generally suspect all Muslims if you want to (2) remain vigilant about terrorism. It is also humanly impossible to (1) not suspect any Muslims and (2) also remain vigilant about terrorism. The Muslims of the world need to do something about their own bad actors. It is wrong for them to place the burden on the rest of the world to not be suspicious regarding them. And furthermore, I believe there is much more the western world can do to eradicate this danger. But we have so much political correctness going on that we are hindered from banding together to actually get rid of this threat. Act like real men and face the enemy head on. Stop with the mamby pamby politically correct passivity that just does not work in the real world. When these people take over and hold a blade to your neck to sever your head, you probably will not feel very politically correct at that point. If Muslims do not want to be misjudged, they should consider leaving a religion that condones stoning women to death because they forgot to wear their veil.
17:53 June 24, 2011 by JohnnesKönig
Then clean up your act!
18:02 June 24, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
If the Central Council of Muslims really wants the general suspicion of all Muslim people being radical, or terrorists, to diminish, perhaps they could start by giving the female members of their own families equal rights.

I would never try to pretend that British governments are examples for a peaceful way of life, for that they are too aloof and arrogant and have a history of starting or joining in unnecessary wars. The normal British citizen however seeks to live in peace with his/her neighbours and there is an old British saying "peace begins in our street!" Were Muslims to accept this idea, perhaps there would be no need for ¦#39;Prevention Summits¦#39; being held by the Interior Ministry.
18:55 June 24, 2011 by MJMH
The first paragraph says what we shouldn't do-namely think all Muslims are terrorists.

The last paragraph warns that Muslim youth is becoming radicalized.

What conclusion is the public supposed to make.

Why is it that every study or article ever written about Muslims in Europe or anywhere in the world always says there are only a few radicalized members or 95 percent of Muslims are peace loving. Its always the same. If it were true than we wouldn't be reading articles or so worried.
19:29 June 24, 2011 by psykos

We are so worried because Afghan War against Soviet Union organized, highly trained and armed them. Now they are trying to impose, what they think Islam is, on other Muslims. Moreover, 4% of 1.3 billion, its a large number. This percentage can be found in every society n nation.

Solution is coordinating with other 95% Muslims instead of talking, without knowing anything, about their religion.
19:30 June 24, 2011 by AbhilashD
@ MJMH - Do you mean to say all Muslims are radical then? Cool because if we'd thought that of Christianity back then, we'd still be fighting the Crusades.
23:44 June 24, 2011 by crm114
if extremists really are a minority, why do we never hear from the so called moderate muslim majority which are throughout western Europe conspicuous by their absence. Is it because it does not exist or is it because they are first and foremost muslims are dare not speak out against their brothers?
23:46 June 24, 2011 by rick86
Tolerance begets tolerance. Islam has none. How many times do I have to hear the line '''Drive the Jews into the sea?'' Muslims whether radicalized or not see all ''infidels'' as fair targets. There are 56 muslim countries on planet earth. Therefore there is no need for any muslims to reside with us dirty infidels. They can all go to any one of thier 56 Islamic utopia's,.
01:58 June 25, 2011 by FN Cee
You get what you tolerate ... like chopping off heads of men and women every year in Saudi, cutting off noses of pretty girls like the one on the cover of Time magazine, strapping bombs on children and blowing them up and teaching kids to hate on state television cartoon networks ... the whole of Islam is filled with hate and wishes all non-believers dead ... and because of tolerance, Muslims are winning.
02:40 June 25, 2011 by johnprewett


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05:40 June 25, 2011 by freddy7
The problem with islam is that the moderate muslim never critisize the fundamentalists. And they expect us to open our arms and welcome them into our society.

Islam wants to control the political and religous aspects of society.

It is not tolerant of others but they expect us to be tolerant of them.

Islam is backward and not good for the west
15:35 June 25, 2011 by harcourt
freddy7 where have you been, of course moderate muslims condemn fundamentalists, well they do in Britain I can assure you. By the way there is not publicity given to moderate christians condemning christian fundamentalists for that matter but I hope it happens !!
15:36 June 25, 2011 by blockhaus
I've just had a great idea.. How about 'Atheist Airlines' At the check in, just place one foot on bible and the other on the koran, denounce any form of god and away we go. Just enjoy your flight without any awkward glances or worried looks..Woman pilots...gay stewards.. who gives a s**t as long as we're not all going to be martyred....(joking aside though?)
21:59 June 25, 2011 by danceswithgoats
@harcourt - as soon as I find some christian fundamentalists trying to impose their religious beliefs on others through violence; I will condemn them!
22:20 June 25, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ freddy7 (#21)

If you do not know about them, it doesn't mean that they do not exist. Here are two examples of Muslims criticising extremism and terrorism:



@ danceswithgoats

Two examples of christian fundamentalists trying to impose their religious beliefs on others through violence:

National Liberation Front of Tripura - one of the ten most active terrorist groups in the world; they forcefully try converting people to Christianity.

The Lambs of Christ - a Christian integrist pro-life organization in the United States; members of the group have been linked to several incidents of violence, notably James Kopp, who murdered physician Barnett Slepian in 1998.
22:32 June 25, 2011 by harcourt
Thanks ChrisRea: great reply!
23:19 June 25, 2011 by crm114
sorry chris but a few websites really do not cut the mustard, can you perhaps cite examples of moderate muslims campaigning in the streets or protesting their opposition at their radical counterparts?

I do not believe that anybody would dispute the fact that there are some rotten apples in all the rotten religious barrels, but your christain examples are so irrelevant, their sphere of influence so tiny that nobody could realistically consider that they posed any threat to western society, on the other hand .....
23:24 June 25, 2011 by LiberalGuy
I tried hard, but I couldn't resist.

For those forwarding the extremist notion of Islam, may i suggest you read 'Deuteronomy 22' of the bible.

For those who can't be bothered here are a few goldies

Deuteronomy 22:22 If a man is found sleeping with another man¦#39;s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Deuteronomy 22:23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, 24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death

Deuteronomy 22:20 20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman¦#39;s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father¦#39;s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father¦#39;s house.

There are whole books of the bible with that extremist lanugage in it.

So maybe we shouldn't throw stones
23:46 June 25, 2011 by crm114
The difference is however that apart from a few insignificants, christians are not implementing those oft repeated nuggets but significant numbers of muslims are following their own ridiculous dictats to the letter and their moderate brethren by saying nothing are tacitly approving their actions, they can't even get on with themselves when their not slaughtering infidels they will turn on other flavours of islam. As for stoning, well muslims are no stranger to that particular pursuit either.

The religion of peace eh !
01:34 June 26, 2011 by lunchbreak
Well exactly crm114. So called moderate muslims seem docile at the moment but should their more aggressive brethren get away with murder on a grander scale who is to say that the worm might not turn? After all the Koran literally proscribes the duty of each muslim to jihad.
03:29 June 26, 2011 by imnokuffar
17,500 terrorist attacks since 9/11 all committed by Muslims.

And counting..................................
08:29 June 26, 2011 by wenddiver
Better Armed and careful than tolerant and DEAD!
09:10 June 26, 2011 by ChrisRea
@crm114 (#27)

I apologise for offering only two links to Muslim organisations against extremism and terrorism. If you would like more examples, please send me a PM (The Local does not allow filling the post with links and I had problems with the links I initially included in this post). Please also state the number of links that will satisfy your standards.

I will indulge your request of seeing Muslims campaigning in the streets against extremism and terrorism - please search on Google "Indian Muslims unite against terror, hold peace march" and you will find not only articles but also a video. The CNN reporter talks about many demonstrations like the one featured in this piece of news. Anything else I can do for you?

@imnokuffar (#31)

Clearly you are subject to anti-Muslim propaganda. Claiming that all terrorist attacks in the last decade were committed by Muslims contradicts the common sense. If you search on Google any name of a Christian terrorist group (you probably are aware that are many of them), you will easily find a list of registered terrorist attacks made by them. Where did you come up with the figure of 17,500?

Apparently, we as Westerners do not know much about Muslim and Islamism. Perhaps we should do some learning.
10:30 June 26, 2011 by crm114
chris, apology accepted.

However you miss the point, any tin pot organisation can put up a website, even those with estimated headcounts in the hundreds, the issue under discussion is the perception in Western Europe that moderate muslims do not publicly denounce their radical brothers and whether rightly or wrongly this is extrapolated as support, my personal belief is to err toward the former. As there appears to be no great body of evidence to contradict this belief I look to you for enlightenment. As for video links I find it difficult to believe that anyone reading this board is overly concerned about what is going on in some far flung corner of India, now if you've got the good stuff, you know hordes of moderates marching through Amsterdam, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm etc then let us all know.
14:40 June 26, 2011 by ChrisRea

First of all, if mass demonstrations in all India have no importance for you, it means you are not aware of how globalised is the world today. I am dealing at least once a week with people and events taking place 13.000 km away and I surely feel the effects of what is happening on the other side of the globe.

Secondly, the article talks about avoiding suspicions that all Muslim people in Germany are extremist or terrorists (not that the Western Europeans would not perceive moderate Muslims as being against extremists or terrorists). These might seem the same, but the difference is significant.

Thirdly, I will fulfill your latest request as well: on 21.11.2004, 25,000 Muslims demonstrated in Köln against terrorism. I guess this stuff should be good enough in term of quantity and location. I found this after a 2 minutes Google search and I am confident you can also find many other examples in case you care to use Google yourself.
18:30 June 26, 2011 by Stuart1977
A lot of scholars blame Christians for the Holocaust. I don't see any collective blood libel.

Keep trying to stir up hatred against Muslims fascists, you might get the mass murder / expulsion you desire.
21:42 June 26, 2011 by crm114
Chris, I did not say events in India are unimportant, only that members of this board are likely to be more interested in what's going on in Germany the US or UK, you clearly have your own Indian agenda but i think its irrelevant to to this discussion.

I must admit that I am a little confused by your second statement, the main thrust of the article is clear to me and I suggest that those muslims who are not terrorists (nb: not ALL muslims) do their religion no favours by largely keeping their mouths shut. Perhaps you could explain in easy to understand terms for dumbasses like myself, what is it that might seem the same but is significantly different. Although the article refers specifically to Germany, I think it is relevant to bring into the equation EU resident muslims.

Finally, I did not want to get into a who can find more random references using google to consolidate their point, I am more interested in your thoughts about muslim denial. To be fair to DE muslims, they seem generally to be less militant than their near neighbours, but this article you refer to is not an indication of a groundswell movement within the muslim community rather a one off event that occurred over 6 years ago. No more links - please.
23:35 June 26, 2011 by lunchbreak
May I direct your attention to Robert Spenser's Jihadwatch.org as an authoritative source on Muslim extremism.
19:55 June 27, 2011 by LiberalGuy
May I direct your attention to this funny article by the creew at Cracked.com that pretty much dismisses alot of the nonsense Robert Spenser believes


Lunchbreak/Fred good to see you back
00:40 June 28, 2011 by lunchbreak
Fred?? Oh, he's on a lunchbreak and he asked me to fill in for him.

It sure was a relief to check out the humor site you recommended. Cracked.com informs us that Islam isn't all its cracked to be. It was a relief that learn that muslims respect women just as much as men and that stoning in Isalm is just a rumor. I was confused then to learn that a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found relatively widespread popular support for stoning as a punishment for adultery in Egypt (82% of respondents in favor of the punishment), Jordan (70% in favor), Indonesia (42% in favor), Pakistan (82% favor) and Nigeria (56% in favor).

So I guess we all just misunderstand Islam. Its a good thing a comedy site like Cracked.com can set us all straight. Now if it can manage to convince Isalm of its own noble intentions we'll be getting somewhere. Tip - don't hold your breath.

Try that Robert Spencer site again. He's a genuine islamic scholar and obviously knows what he's talking about when he unmasks the religion's political agenda. As someone said forewarned is forearmed.
08:10 June 28, 2011 by LiberalGuy
Just like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion right? That was belived to be fact, and look what people did after taking that nonsense seriously. Here's an idead. Try reading all the information instead of what bitter man writes on his website.

Forewarned is forearmed? What a pathetic way to live. If you don't 'live' your life, then what's the point?

By the way it says in the bible that one cannot wear cloth made of wool or linen. One should have tassels on the 4 corners of their robes, and that have sex with a woman during her period is a crime against God. After all at the end of the day the bible, like the qu'ran is just a book. It's up to you how it effects your life.

Now I'm going to go enjoy life instead of sitting on my porch with my shotgun waiting for the muslims to come.

10:07 June 28, 2011 by harcourt
I'm not going to sit on the porch either !!
15:42 June 28, 2011 by lunchbreak
Good luck with enjoying your life with blinders on LiberalGuy. Don't worry about the shotgun, it won't be of much use if, God forbid, your daughter on vacation is caught in the wrong place without the proper face covering. And yes, it can happen here, slowly and inexorably, while folks like you are sitting on the porch looking the other way.
17:09 June 28, 2011 by harcourt
You know, the way people talk about Islam nowadays reminds me so much of the way the Americans perceived Communism in the 1950s, with the witch-hunts of Senator Jo McCarthy. The idea that an ideology can creep up on you and before you know it take over a country
17:36 June 28, 2011 by LiberalGuy
The only thing I see with my blinders on are a bunch of miserable people living in fear. It's not like you are living in Somalia where you actually face a daily struggle to survive. No you are enjoying relative prosperity. But being content with life seems a goal too extreme for most of your ilk. It's like you're not really alive unless there is the fear and hate inside you is allowed to fester and grow like a cancer. Sure I look on the bright side of life, that doesn't make me naive it just means I'm happy. You can continue you're crusade as you have done under your many previous incarnations on this site (despite your denials I can recognize the same lame idiotic arguments from our previous engagements) but really where is it getting you? Have you swayed the masses to your idlogical view point? Have you made a difference? More importantly are you happy? Are you even alive?

Now I think it's time to disengage. As much as I want to be angry towards you and your xenophobia I just feel sorry for you.

I hope you find happiness one day.

Make sure you have tassels on your robes.

22:22 June 28, 2011 by lunchbreak
Ach, LiberalGuy, you disappoint me. Trying to portray your opponent as miserable is a very cheap tactic, even for you. Unfortunately for your debating strategy I can assure you that I'm very much alive and enjoying life with a great career and a wife and young son of which I'm very proud.

Its quite obvious that you've run out of arguments and I agree that you ought to withdraw from our little conversation. Good luck to you until the next time you try to add some fatuous remark to a discussion I'm involved in at which time I'll consider it a small public duty call you out on your naive political views as I've done in the past. Until that day enjoy your rose colored glasses if thats what makes you happy. Here's hoping that reality doesn't bite you in the behind when you can least afford it.
00:43 June 29, 2011 by crm114
and why are people struggling to survive in the basket case that is Somalia?

Among other things, radical Islam.
08:04 June 29, 2011 by LiberalGuy

I'm glad you're happy. But you're wrong about one thing. I'm not your opponent, and I do feel sorry for you.


I would of thought the 20 years of civil war would be the main reason people struggle to survive
10:42 June 29, 2011 by lunchbreak
So now you're trying pity, you really are in the dregs.

A futile show of arrogance will gain you nothing whatsoever, nor will your insistence on the last word. The only thing you succeed in doing by these continuing fatuous comments is to highlight your own insecurity.
22:19 June 29, 2011 by LiberalGuy
OK lunchbreak I have nothing better to do. Let's have a debate.

OK now I was looking for you pew research poll and I couldn't find any evidence on it's website. If you have a link I would love to browse it.

Robert Spencer has recieved no formal education in Islam, his MA was in religious studies was based on Catholic history. He claims his experties on Islam is all self taught and was heavily influenced by Paul Weyrich (who was accused on numerous times of a proponent of 'dominionism'). I don't find ether to be fully qualified to make an unbiased assesment of Islam especially when nether has any formal education in the subject.

You didn't address my protocols oof the elders of zion claim. I'd love to hear your response to that

I'd also like to know how many people you have brought to your cause and idelogical point of view (another point you didn't address)

You response to the same extremist language being found in the bible as is in the qu'ran

You response to the cracked article (I know it's a comedy website but I would like to know if you can debunk any of their facts)

Please lets have the debate.

lastly why do you keep getting banned from here? And why do you keep coming back?
12:02 June 30, 2011 by lunchbreak
Sorry LiberalGuy, I have neither the time nor the inclination to debate you here.

As to Robert Spencer, although he only has a masters degree from Chapel Hill he obviously knows a lot more about the subject of Islam than either you or I. And I would advise you not to sneer at people who are self taught by the way, its unbecoming and shows your ignorance unless you are prepared to dismiss people such as Thomas Edison, Arthur Clark and Bill Gates among very many others.

As for this Fred you refer to, I take it by implication that he or she was banned on this forum for political views that did not coincide with yours. If thats the case he should wear his banishment as a badge of honor. If he were to return I could imagine it might be to amuse himself with eliciting postings from people like yourself.
13:45 June 30, 2011 by LiberalGuy

Fair enough. We shall retreat back to our corners then.

Another self taught man. Thomas Jefferson who taught himself Arabic and studied the Qu'ran

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