Die Freiheit: the German Freedom & Anti-Islamisation PartyBy Paul Austin Murphy
Die Freihiet, the German political party, is called, in full, Freedom Civil Rights Party for More Freedom and Democracy (Die Freiheit Bürgerrechtspartei für mehr Freiheit und Demokratie).
Freedom was founded in October 2010 by the Berlin parliamentarian René Stadtkewitz.
Stadtkewitz was expelled from the Christian Democratic Union in 2010 after inviting Dutch politician Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV) to give a speech in Berlin. A number of other politicians, who left their respective parties, also joined Stadtkewitz.
Mr. Stadtkewitz was born in communist East Berlin. As a young adult he worked in a factory making industrial equipment. After that, in September 1989 -- two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall -- he fled East Germany with his wife and son. He returned to Berlin after German unification in 1990 and joined the CDU in 1995.
At Freedom's opening meeting he said that "the established parties, unfortunately, are not ready to take a clear stand but instead abandon the people to their concerns". He then went on to say that "Western civilization, for centuries a world leader, faces an existential crisis".
At the heart of this existential crisis is Islam in Europe. Stadtkewitz said that "Islam is not just a religion but also a political ideology with its own legal system."
As a response to the clear and present threat from militant Islam, Freedom has called for the scrutiny of all German imams, mosques, and Islamic schools, as well as for a review of Islamic organizations to ensure their compliance with German laws. Freedom also condemns all efforts to build a parallel legal structure based on sharia law.
Because of Freedom's position on Islam, it also rejects the Turkish accession to the European Union.
At a 10th anniversary remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in New York, René Stadtkewitz said:
In an interview with the website Politically Incorrect (PI), Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch commented on both the problems Europe faces and also the encouraging fact that various political parties are attempting to deal with such problems. In one part of the interview Freedom and Geert Wilder's PVV were discussed. Spencer said:
In an interview on Dutch TV, René Stadtkewitz took the interviewer around the Kreuzberg and Neukölln area of Berlin. Stadtkewitz said that "these neighbourhoods are also called the largest Turkish city outside Turkey, a society in itself". During the same interview, one of the co-founders of Freedom, Aaron Koenig, said that "the equating of criticism of Islam with 'the right' is completely wrong, I would really like people to resolve this for once". He then went on to say that "it is clear that Islam-criticism derives from the centre of society".
The zealots of mass -- and unquestioned -- immigration keep on telling us that all immigrants are a vital source of skills and productivity; yet in Germany, as in the UK, large numbers of the immigrant population are unemployed. This is especially true of Muslims. In Germany, 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants are often undereducated and unemployed; a huge weight on Germany's welfare state.
The problems Germany has with Muslims are similar to those of the UK, except instead of mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims, the Germans have a very large Turkish population. As Michael Stürzenberger, the spokesman of the Politically Incorrect (PI) group and provincial Bavarian Die Freiheit chairman since early 2012, puts it:
Stürzenberger went on to say why Germans had a problem with many Muslim Turks:
However, this is most certainly not a question of race. That is, many Turks have indeed assimilated themselves, just very rarely Turkish Muslims. Stürzenberger says that
Of course not all of Freedom's policies are focused on Islam or on Muslim immigrants. Nonetheless, if the Islamization of Germany continues, Freedom's policies, along with everyone else's policies in that country, won't amount to much in the long run anyway.
Here are some of Freedom's other core policies:
i) The introduction of direct citizen democracy based on the Swiss model.
The program of the party is modeled after that of the Dutch Party for Freedom.
Freedom's main problem with the German political system is that the German people
Freedom explains its position on direct democracy by saying that "the political system in Germany has turned into a dictatorship of [the] parties". There is also a German problem with "a low election turnout and frustration with [the] parties".
Freedom's solution to these problems is to "introduce a direct democracy as practiced in Switzerland with nationwide referenda allowing Germans to vote on their constitutional law."
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Bavaria's Interior Ministry has just announced, as of April 12, 2013, that the provincial Office of Constitutional Protection (Verfassungsschutz) will monitor the Bavarian local chapter of the website Politically Incorrect (PI) and Freedom (Die Freiheit) in Munich. Bavaria is the first province in Germany to take this step.
Politically Incorrect has logged up to 10,000 visitors in one day. The German website "criticizes Islam's aggressive and authoritarian aspects". Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch, has cooperated with PI's Stefan Herre in Stop the Islamization of Nations (SION) and participated in an August 4, 2012, international counter-jihad conference in Stockholm with Stürzenberger.
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