More than 500 mosques throughout the Germany opened their doors to non-Muslims on October 3rd, the “Day of the Open Mosque”. Since 1997, many Muslim communities have been inviting visitors and given them an opportunity to learn about Islam and their culture on October 3rd, which is also the day of German Reunification. The day constitutes a key event to promote better understanding and inter-faith dialogue. Politicians such as Baden Württemberg’s Integration Minister Öney emphasized the symbolic importance of the even taking place on the same day as German Reunification – it shows that Muslims, too, are a part of Germany.
From June 1st – 5th, Protestant Christians from across Germany came together in Dresden for their biannual convention called “Kirchentag” (“Church Day”). Amongst the topics for discussion at various events throughout the five days were controversial political issues, such as Germany’s abandoning of nuclear power and sexual abuse scandals within the Church. German President Christian Wulff participated in a panel discussion and spoke about the integration of immigrants; he reiterated his view that Islam was now a part of German society, which he had previously stated in his speech on German Reunification Day on October 3rd, 2010.