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Germany: AfD adopts anti-Islam manifesto at Stuttgart party congress01:55

Germany: AfD adopts anti-Islam manifesto at Stuttgart party congress

Germany, Stuttgart
May 1, 2016 at 20:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) members voted in favour of adopting a party manifesto to reduce the perceived influence of Islam in Germany, at the third AfD party convention in Stuttgart, Sunday. The adopted policy statement reportedly includes phrases such as "Islam does not belong to Germany."

AfD Saxony-Anhalt state executive committee member Hans-Thomas Tillschneider presented the proposal to not include ideas for 'modernising' Islam from the party manifesto. He made his case before the voting, saying "I find the notion of injecting Islam with some kind of enlightenment ridiculous. We are witnessing that the Islamic world is showing tendencies to return to orthodox lifestyles for the past 20, 30 years."

Tillschneider also stated, that in an "era of the worldwide radicalisation of Islam," where "everything is getting more Islamic and Germany cannot evade this trend, as we are connected through globalisation and the Internet and through the mass immigration. This is why it cannot succeed," adding "we think we could breed an enlightened Islam? This might thrive in academic habitats, but it will never be capable of winning a majority."

Tillschneider finished by saying "if we are against an islamisation of the occident, then we should not advocate for the westernisation of Islam, it does not concern us!"

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Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) members voted in favour of adopting a party manifesto to reduce the perceived influence of Islam in Germany, at the third AfD party convention in Stuttgart, Sunday. The adopted policy statement reportedly includes phrases such as "Islam does not belong to Germany."

AfD Saxony-Anhalt state executive committee member Hans-Thomas Tillschneider presented the proposal to not include ideas for 'modernising' Islam from the party manifesto. He made his case before the voting, saying "I find the notion of injecting Islam with some kind of enlightenment ridiculous. We are witnessing that the Islamic world is showing tendencies to return to orthodox lifestyles for the past 20, 30 years."

Tillschneider also stated, that in an "era of the worldwide radicalisation of Islam," where "everything is getting more Islamic and Germany cannot evade this trend, as we are connected through globalisation and the Internet and through the mass immigration. This is why it cannot succeed," adding "we think we could breed an enlightened Islam? This might thrive in academic habitats, but it will never be capable of winning a majority."

Tillschneider finished by saying "if we are against an islamisation of the occident, then we should not advocate for the westernisation of Islam, it does not concern us!"