Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:21

Germany – Bild’s misleading headline feeds the far-right Muslim invasion narrative

A German tabloid deceives readers into believing that Islamic studies are given priority over Protestant religion in schools. But only subscribers can read the real reason. And it has nothing to do with an invasion. This is our Germany's media monitoring highlight for August 2018.

 This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of August, 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. 

bildDate of publication: 26 August 2018

Media outlet:  Bild, Germany’s most-read tabloid

Link: https://goo.gl/BX5DPb

Headline: “Now only Islamic studies instead of Protestant Religion”

Description of the anti-Muslim content: The headline states that religious education in a school in Berlin has been limited to Islamic Studies only and that the Protestant religion had been removed from the curriculum. This is intentionally misleading, as it gives the impression that is was a decision by the school to include only Islamic studies, and therefore deceives readers into believing that Islam is taking over German schools.

Myth debunked:  Only subscribers can access the full article in which the real reason why Protestant education is not in this school’s curriculum is fully explained. In Berlin, religious education is a service provided by the churches. In this incident, the Protestant Church announced that, due to a shortage of staff, they would not be able to offer their service to this school at the moment. But the impression left to the millions of non-subscribers who visit the website is that Islamic education is replacing Protestant education. This feeds the Islamophobic narrative of invasion and of Islam replacing Christian culture in Germany and Europe, taking control over all areas of life.

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An invasion without invaders 

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