[Ed. – Obama thinks Germany is heaven on earth.]
Germany’s leading Muslim organization has urged the government to appoint a Federal Commissioner to counter anti-Muslim attitudes in the country. “Such a Commissioner is needed more than ever because we have a latent anti-Muslim sentiment in Germany,” president of the country’s Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said.
Mazyek’s demand was supported by leading German political parties, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) was the only party to oppose the call.
The proposal comes at a time when crimes against Muslims are on decline in Germany. “In 2018, 813 attacks against Muslims and mosques were registered, compared to 950 such crimes in the previous year,” German newspaper Die Welt reported earlier this week. “These recorded crimes include hatred against Muslims or Muslim refugees on the internet (so-called hate comments), threatening letters, attacks of women wearing headscarf and on Muslim men on the streets, as well as property damage and Nazi-graffitis on houses and mosques,” German daily the Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung commented.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)