Germany’s Muslims Angered By Cardinal’s Remarks

The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) harshly criticized the Christian churches after high-ranking German clergyman Cardinal Karl Lehmann last week spoke out against Islam enjoying equal status to Christianity. “The (Christian) churches would like to ban Islam to the lower leagues,” Aiman Mazyek, general secretary of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, told the Sunday edition of Berlin’s Tagesspiegel. Mazyek also pointed out that Germany’s Basic Law ascribes equality to all religions, saying that there were no legal grounds for granting Christianity special legal status.