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.
Date 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
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.
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