“Is Islam a part of Germany?”
That was the provocative question asked by a German TV channel, noted the Vlad Tepes blog, which focuses on Islam and Western culture.
Germany’s MDR, which conducted the unscientific telephone survey for a program marking the 70th anniversary of the German constitution, reported the response was an emphatic “Nein.”
Only 4.7 percent of the 15,267 viewers who called in to vote said Islam “belongs to” or is “a part of” Germany.
More than 95 percent answered with “no.”
MDR said the debate over whether Islam is part of Germany centers on Article 4 of the German constitution, which addresses religious freedom.
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One citizen interviewed for the show summed up the issue: “Whoever lives here should adhere to the Constitution.”
While many Muslim leaders in Western countries insist Islamic law, or Shariah, is compatible with the laws of the land in which they live, Muslim scholars for centuries have taught that Shariah supersedes any man-made law.
In March 2018, Germany’s new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, stirred controversy when he said in an interview, “Islam does not belong to Germany.”
“Of course the Muslims living here do belong to Germany,” Seehofer later added. “My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us.”
Days later, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in response to Seehofer’s comment that Islam is “part of Germany.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the time that “there are now 4 million Muslims living in Germany and they practice their religion here and these Muslims belong to Germany, as does their religion — Islam.”
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A poll commissioned in May 2015 by the Center for Security Policy found 51 percent of American Muslims preferred to have Shariah courts outside of the U.S. legal system. And nearly a quarter believed the use of violent jihad was justified in establishing Shariah.
A founding member of the leading Muslim civil rights organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was quoted by a newspaper in 1998 telling Muslims that Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.
The reporter paraphrased Omar Ahmad saying, “The Quran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”
When CAIR issued a statement in 2003 denying Ahmad made the remarks and claiming the paper had issued a retraction, WND spoke with the reporter and two of her editors, and found that they stood by the story. WND then spoke with CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, who repeated the claim that the paper had issued a retraction. When WND informed Hooper that the reporter and the editors stood by the story, the CAIR communications director ended the call. But he called back a few minutes later saying he wanted to amend CAIR’s statement to say that the Muslim organization was seeking a retraction. Three years later, however, when the issue came up again, CAIR still had not contacted the paper.
In 1993, Hooper told a reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
In an interview on Michael Medved’s radio show in October 2003, Hooper stated: “If Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, it would be safe to assume that they would want to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, as most Muslims believe that God’s law is superior to man-made law.”
Shariah-compliant Muslim for president?
In May 2015, WND reported an informal survey of Somali-American Muslims on the streets of Minneapolis showed widespread support for Islamic law as preferable to U.S. law.
Later that year, Ben Carson said he would not support a Shariah-compliant Muslim for president because Islamic law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.
Covering the Carson controversy, the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity sent a reporter to speak with Muslims on the street in New York City.
Asked if they believe that the tenets of Shariah should be over the U.S. Constitution, some said yes and others said they respect the law of the country in which they live.
See the “Hannity” segment: