In an interview with Die Welt, a national German newspaper, North Rhine-Westphalia’s former Integration Minister (2005 – 2010), Armin Laschet (CDU), has defended the freedom of speech in Germany and revealed his fear of similar attacks on German ground. According to Laschet, recent events in Norway and Breivik’s references to critiques of Islam must not lead to any taboos in talking about Islam or integration. It should be possible to criticize aspects or talk about certain deficits – yet, this should be done without creating and communicating horror scenarios (such as done by certain blogs; e.g. the blog “Politically Incorrect”). After his statements about the freedom of speech, Laschet also revealed that he was concerned about copy-cats, planning similar events in Germany.
By John Milburn TOPEKA, Kan. — A foundation that has sued the military alleging widespread violations of religious freedom said Tuesday that it has evidence showing that soldiers are pressured to adopt fundamentalist Christian beliefs. The photos and videos of religious materials and activities are part of a lawsuit filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and Army Spc. Jeremy Hall, an atheist, against Maj. Freddy J. Welborn and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The material was gathered from Fort Riley in Kansas, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Fort Jackson, S.C. Examples at Fort Riley, where Hall is stationed, included a display outside his military police battalion’s office with a quote from conservative writer Ann Coulter saying, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” Another photo from Fort Riley shows the book “A Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam” for sale at the post exchange.