Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:42

Germany – CDU politician accuses Muslims of destroying Christianity

April media monitoring highlight for Germany. Peter Helmes’ tirade accuses Muslims of “destroying Christianity and our Christian culture” with the “support of their allies”, the Green and Left parties.

This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of April, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.

journalistenwatchDate of publication: 28 April 2018

Media outlet: JouWatch

About the source: JouWatch is a far-right blog focusing on the media coverage by other outlets

Author:  Peter Helmes

About the author: Peter Helmes is a CDU politician 

Link:  https://goo.gl/DXrnLD 

Headline: On the way to Islamisation! They want to break our backs/crucifixes (it's a play on words as "kreuz" in German can mean “back” as well as “crucifix” or “cross”)

Description of the anti-Muslim content: Peter Helmes’ tirade accuses Muslims of “destroying Christianity and our Christian culture” with the “support of their allies”, the Green and Left parties. He complains about Christian symbols being removed from public places, such as doctors surgeries, and claims that Christian religious sites are being vandalised. In his opinion, ethnic Germans should be blamed for allowing Muslims, “who are now also supposed to belong to Germany”, to win the “war against Christians”. He uses words such as “enemies of Europe's Christian-Western values”

Myth Debunked: Helmes’s tirade on Jouwatch has its roots in theories on the Clash of the Civilisations, the Decline of the West, and Tropes of Orientalism. Helmes implies a fundamental incompatibility between the West, fully identified with Christianity, and Islam which is portrayed as barbaric and backwards. Applying the victim-abuser reversal strategy, the Muslim minority in Germany is depicted as the victimiser. There is no such a thing as a war being waged by Islam against Christianity, as it is claimed in the article, and Muslim communities are part of German society and citizenship today. Demands for secularism comes instead from non-Muslim citizens. Extreme false claims like Helmes’ constitute violence against Muslims whose lives are affected by this stigmatisation. 

More to read:

The Clash of Ignorance.  Labels like "Islam" and "the West" serve only to confuse us about a disorderly reality.

There is no such thing as western civilisation

European Islamophobia Report 2016 - Germany

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