“To say that Islam belongs in Germany is not a fact supported by history”, Mr Friedrich said.
Let’s make up some other dumb statements:
That women should have equal rights is not supported by history and religion either!
That Christianity belongs in Europe has been certainly not a fact supported by history in 33 A.D.!
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s newly appointed Interior Minister has reignited an already-heated immigration debate by insisting that Islam “does not belong” in Germany – a country with a resident population of four million Muslims.
Hans-Peter Friedrich took office only last week in a cabinet reshuffle, but his outspoken views have provoked instant condemnation from opposition MPs and a vitriolic response from Islamic groups which have branded them a “slap in the face for all Muslims”.
“To say that Islam belongs in Germany is not a fact supported by history”, Mr Friedrich said. At the weekend, he underlined his position, insisting that immigrants ought to be aware of their host country’s “Western Christian origins” and learn German “first and foremost”.