November 1, 2006, - 12:38 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Two weeks ago, Ekin Deligoz, a Turkish-born Muslim German lawmaker and member of the Green Party, said, “the head scarf is a symbol of women’s oppression.” She urged Muslim women in Germany to remove their hijabs.
Since then, Deligoz has received a myriad of death threats and is now under police protection. More on Deligoz’s comments and the reaction from India’s Zee News:
“I appeal to Muslim women: Arrive in the present day, arrive in Germany – you live here, so take off the head scarf,” she added. “Show that you have the same civil and human rights as men.”
The Greens’ co-leader in Parliament, Renate Kuenast, wrote in a letter to turkey’s ambassador in Berlin that Deligoz had been “insulted in writing, by telephone and also in person … Overwhelmingly by Turkish men.”
She complained of “unacceptable” reactions in Turkish media to Deligoz’s comments – including a newspaper report that, she said, compared the lawmaker with the Nazis. Kuenast said Turkey should make plain that “such a media hate campaign is incompatible” with fundamental democratic and legal values.
The German government official responsible for integration, Maria Boehmer, was quoted as telling the Tagesspiegel that she was “shocked at how the courageous call by Ms Deligoz was received.”
“The right to freedom of opinion is not negotiable,” she added.
Yes, it is. You’re in Germany, babe. They’ve basically capitulated, but for these last gasps. That’s why Deligoz used the wrong tack in asking them to arrive in “present day Germany,” because it is fast becoming the nation of the headscarf and veil. That’s basically its “present day.”
Hmmm . . . Where are all of the “moderate” Muslims denouncing the violent threats? Are there actually any moderate Muslims?
Well, if there are a few thousand grains of sand in an entire beach, do they count? Not if you’re counting on the “Religion of Peace” allowing you to live in peace.
First, Netherlands legislator Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s death threats. Now, German legislator Muslim Ekin Deligoz’s threats. Does the American Enterprise Institute have room for all of Europe’s embattled moderate female Muslim legislators who dare to speak out?
Maybe they should start “Moderate Muslim European Legislators Under Siege” Scholars in Residence Wing.
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