German Conservative Minister: “We are called CSU and not MSU”

After decades of mistrust, the Bavarian conservative party CSU tries to renegotiate its position towards Islam. G_nther Beckstein, Bavarian head of state, and leading members of his party have recommended to open the party. Now the Bavarian CSU minister for European affairs, Markus S_der, has warned his party to open for Muslims.

Rapprochement of the German Conservatives with Islam

After decades of mistrust, the Bavarian conservative party CSU recently tries to carefully approach Islam. Party leader Gunther Beckstein, Bavarian head of state, and leading members of his party have recommended to open the party. At the moment, the number of Muslim members of the German conservative party is marginal. Beckstein and other party leaders want this to change – but they face critics, too.

Dutch lawmaker planning film criticizing the Quran

The HAGUE — A Dutch conservative lawmaker said Wednesday he is making a film to highlight what he describes as “fascist” passages in the Quran, his latest high profile criticism of Islam. The interior and justice ministers said they were concerned, but believed they had no authority to prevent the lawmaker, Geert Wilders, from screening his film.

Interview: “Covering up Problems doesn’t help Muslims”

Islam expert Mouhanad Khorchide speaks about extremism, the organisation of Islam in Austria and explains why Islamic religious lessons at public schools in Austria. In particular, Khorchide criticized that Islamic religious lessons at schools are too conservative at the moment. He appeals to renew Islam in general. Islam has been interpreted and shaped by traditionalists for centuries and needs to be renew today, he said. Kocina interviews Khorchide.

Arabic School Ex-Principal Fights to Get Her Job Back

The founding principal of the city’s first Arabic-language school said yesterday that the Bloomberg administration forced her to resign in August by threatening to shut the school. She said she was applying to get the job back. In her first detailed public account of what led her to step down after defending the word ”intifada” on a T-shirt, the principal, Debbie Almontaser, presented herself as the victim of an anti-Arab ”smear campaign” from conservative newspapers and blogs and of pressure from city officials…

Honor Killing Case: Brothers of Slain Turkish Woman to Be Retried

Two brothers of a Turkish woman murdered in Germany in an honor killing have been ordered to be retried on charges of accessory to murder in the 2005 incident. There are suspicions that her youngest brother, who was convicted of the crime, did not act alone. A German court has ordered the reopening of the trial of two Turkish immigrants who were acquitted of charges related to the honor killing of their sister, who apparently led a lifestyle that was too Western for her conservative siblings. Germany’s Federal Court of Justice in Leipzig on Tuesday ordered the 26- and 28-year-old brothers of Hatun S_r_c_ to be retried. S_r_c_’s youngest brother, who was 18 at the time, was convicted of shooting and killing the 23-year-old single mother.

Romney says immigration plan flawed; parts amount to ‘amnesty’

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Friday that a Senate compromise on immigration reform is flawed because it makes it too easy for illegal immigrants to continue to live in this country. The former Massachusetts governor was attending the state conference of the Georgia Republican Party. He said the immigration plan unveiled Thursday “has some positive features” but shouldn’t include the “Z-visa” provision. (…) Casting himself as the true conservative in a crowded Republican field, Romney said he believes voters in the South will be willing to support a former Northeastern governor because of stances like his opposition to abortion and gay marriage and support of lower taxes and a strong military. “Those values and those conservative perspectives are the values that voters in the South share,” he said. He also downplayed the possibility that his Mormon faith would turn off Republican voters in the Bible Belt. “I’m not running for pastor-in-chief; I’m running for a secular position,” Romney said. “I don’t think Americans anywhere choose their candidate based on what church you go to that’s what they do in other places,” like nations run by Islamic fundamentalists, he said.

Reformist students takes negative position on immigration

A new poll by the Reformational Newspaper and the Christian College (CHE) finds youth harbor significant biases against Muslims and immigrants. Approximately 55% of the Reformist students polled indicated negative feelings toward foreigners and Muslims. This is approximately 20 points higher than the national polling on the same issue. Other statistical findings also indicate that the National Reformist Party and its young supporters are significantly more conservative than their national peers.

Switzerland: Blocher renounces a conference on Islam

Swiss conservative Christoph Blocher, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, said he is unconvinced of the benefits of a conference to discuss Islam and integration. While he expects dialogue to occur, he is unsure what the appropriate forum would be. Blocher supports a ban on minarets which he argues have no place in a Christian country such as Switzerland. He insists that mosques be placed under general supervision and develop strategies for identifying potentially dangerous religious leaders and havens for terrorism. The idea of an integration contract appeals to Blocher. Even if it would not immediately change the mentalities of individuals, he feels it would do good to put basic rules of respect on paper.