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German cabinet minister encourages Muslims to adapt, suggests ‘German Islam’

October 04, 2016

Germany’s finance minister is encouraging Muslim immigrants to adapt their faith to the country’s standards.

Wolfgang Schaeuble—who is sometimes touted as a potential successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel—tells Muslims coming into Germany that they are welcome—“We want you to belong to us”—but should recognize the challenges of living in a society that values tolerance and diversity.

Schaeuble suggests that a “German Islam” would ease the fears of current residents, and encourage them to learn more about the Islamic faith.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 04, 2016 10:48 PM ET USA

    A potential problem with learning more about the Islamic faith is that the more a Catholic learns about it, the more troubling it becomes. Using myself as an example, the more I learn about Islam, the less I respect its intellectual and theological foundations. I continue to respect its peaceful adherents as sincere seekers created in the image and likeness of God, but the religion does not lend itself to rational analysis, as Pope Benedict pointed out at Regensburg.