Some days ago I went to wonderful ancient church decorated with gold and marvellous painting on the ceiling. Not in that decadent way a lot of churchs try to worship their selfless and humble prophet. From above looked the followers of Jesus with their long beards and robes. Nice all in all. There was just one tiny thing that disturbed me: all 12 apostels of Jesus were white. I thought Jesus lived in Judea, now Israel.
Today there are many Europeans that think they have to protect their jewish-christian cultur against new muslim streams. Am I the only one who thinks that a bit self centered? Isn´t Islam just a sequal of christianity and judaism. There is a bit to much WE and THEM these days. All I can say is: Know your roots!
It is a big and confusing world out there. Crises and wars around the globe cause the highest number of refugees since second world war. The increasing process of globalization shifts the importance from nations to individuals, making your actions more defining than your origin. Political correctness seems to be a necessity for being a part of our society. Germanys new right wing has an perfect answer to the biggest problems of our century: „Don´t bother me! I do not want my world to change.“ They express this sophisticated world view on three levels:
- in private conversations
- on the Pegida- Protests every monday, in tradition of the civil rights movement 1989
- in the newly founded party „AfD“ the „alternative for germany“ They all share the opinion that they are the victim of everything. Everybody misunderstands them. Which is quite easy because they constantly contradict themselves: The Pegida-Programme states that it is a human duty to give asylum to war refugees. The initiator of Pegida, Lutz Bachman however posted on Facebook that there are no war refugees and that foreigners are „animals“. The german State is investigating. Same with the AfD: In every talkshow Bernd Lucke appears he states that he does not have any prejudices against foreigners. He also referred to immigrants as „sozialer Bodensatz = social sediment“ several times. His party used the same slogan as the openly rascist „NPD“ in their campaign. When any member of the german right wing is confronted with these contradictory phrases they answer almost identically: The german, „unpatriotic“ press, often labeled with the nazi-term „Lügenpresse = lie press“ tries to push the only one, who dare to think differently „into the right corner“. They will be very enraged that you think this way. When the Piratenpartei was founded in germany a couple of years ago, they had a lot of very unconventional ideas. I can not remember a single time when they were called right or even nazi. 100% of my friends manage to talk about refugees, israel and the islam without being accused of being fascist. Maybe the Pegida-Demonstrations are perceived as right not because everybody believes the „Lügenpresse“, but because there are violent, xenophobic attacks after the marches. Hooligans assaulted german teenagers with knives, clubs and tasers and the participants of Pegida gave applause. Khaled Idris was killed in Dresden, where Pegida has the most influence, on a monday night. It is not clear if there is a racist background. Maybe the AfD are seen as right because they are the „natural allies“ with these marches, because they want to get rid of our democracy as Konrad Adam, member of the governing body of the AfD, explains: „Netto profiteers of the state“ like elderly in pension and the unemployed should not be able to vote because they live at cost of the nation. I think I have proven that both the AfD and Pegida are both extreme right groups that have problems with the basic democratic values as freedom of press and the human dignity. But german politicians keep on saying that we have to listen to the followers of these movements, because they obviously do not all share the same values. There are quite a lot of people in my near surrounding that sympathize with these movements. They all think that it is really unfair that they are not allowed to be sexist or use words like „nigger“ nowadays. Many, like Lutz Bachmann, are criminal, but think criminal foreigners should leave the country…
I used to like Germany, because to me it seemed like a place where neither the color of your skin nor your religion are important for the way you are treated. Now Pegida says: „Wer Deutschland nicht liebt, muss Deutschland verlassen = If you don´t love Germany, you have to leave.“ If this right wing grows, I will leave and not look back.
The two terrorist attacks that happend the 7th of January in Paris and cost more than twenty lives produced a wave of fear that swept over Europe. As it slowly fades away reactions are as divers as they could be.
In Germany, obviously right extremists as Pegida or Erika Steinbach abuse the violence for rascist propaganda. „We told you so“ is what they are trying to say. Which is quite bizzare: They state their goal is to end terrorism. To do so they spread fear and hate, which is exactly the idea of terrorism, as Stefan Lauer explains.
But not only right extremists show weird reactions to this event:
Many citizens asked the muslim comunities to show respect for the victims and express their disgust for this senseless bloodshed. Astonishingly, muslims are also humans that feel. Feel solidarity with the innocent and sadness for being asociated with this cruelty.
„Anders Breivik also claimed to act acording to christianity. Correctly, nobody thought about asking any christian to distance himself from this terror.“ Betül Ulusoy explains demanding the same right for muslims. She continues stating that the peaceloving attitude of the religion of Islam allready is expressed in the name (salam = peace). On twitter Dyab Abou Jahjah asked for respect for the killed muslim police officer.
„I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so. „
Sadly Ahmed is not the only forgotten muslim victim of terrorism. The mayority, or maybe better, the free part of the Arab media showed their disgust for the bloodshed, but they also raised the question why the west never showed the same respect towards the arab journalists and bloggers that were killed and are being killed day in day out because they believe in free speech and democracy. I do not understand why we claim these ideas to be „western“. Humanism and democracy are thougts from ancient greece that only survived the middle ages because the muslim world saved the scripts and tought them.
Ofcourse some politicans also seek profit from this terrorist attacks. German secretary of the Interior mister de Maizière called for mass storage of data even of peaceful civilians to asure Germanys safety. Exactly this mass storage of data is already in place in France, he must have overseen that. Also the NSA is still overviewing innocent citicens around the world. Neither of the „security“ agencies were able to protect their people.
There is an old chinese saying:
The safest door is the one you do not have to lock.
France has big social difences. Watching the poor obviously does not help. And if we give up our right, give up our free society, we do exactly what the terrorists wanted. We would let them win.
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Manches wird man doch noch sagen dürfen. Ein Statement zu Ausländern in unserer Gesellschaft: Natürlich ist es ganz toll, dass wir in so einer multikulturellen Stadt leben. Aber jeder hat irgendwo seine Toleranzgrenze. Wenn wir schöne Wörter wie Integration oder bunte Gesellschaft benutzen, müssen wir uns erst einmal vor Augen führen, was für ausländische Sitten sich schon in unsere Heimat geschlichen haben, ohne dass wir es merken. Ich meine, allein die Araber haben Astronomie, die Zahl Null und wesentliche Fortschritte in der Medizin einfach in unser schönes Land geschmuggelt, ohne uns zu fragen. Oder die Griechen? Wollen Milliarden von uns. Und was haben die uns je gegeben? Außer Philosophie, Theater und Demokratie vielleicht. Ich will keinen Ton Musik mit afrikanischen Wurzeln hören. Kein Jazz, kein Blues, kein Soul, kein Hip-Hop, kein Rock, kein Tango! Und wehe ich sehe irgendeinen von euch nochmal bei einem Kiosk. Das ist eine russische Erfindung und mit denen sind wir fast im Krieg. Ab jetzt werden hier nur noch Kartoffeln gegessen. Ach nee, die sind ja aus Südamerika. Na gut… dann halt Sauerkraut! Was? Das haben wir von den Chinesen kopiert? Das Land der Dichter ist, zumindest in Nobelpreisen gemessen, Frankreich. Vielleicht sind wir zumindest Denker und erkennen, dass kultureller Austausch der einzige Weg zu wirklichem Fortschritt ist und immer war. Das Wichtigste ist nur, dass man sich wirklich austauscht. Unsere Kultur ist nichts als Jahrtausende langes Teamwork. Lasst uns sie als solche feiern. P.S.: Die meisten, die sich gegen Ausländer stellen beten einen Langhaarigen aus dem Nahen Osten an. Lustige Seiten zu dem Thema: VICE Buzzfeed