Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Leading German politician resigns after converting to Islam

By Judith Vonberg on 25/01/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,133

•Leading German far-right politician Arthur Wagner
•Leading German far-right politician Arthur Wagner

A German far-right politician, whose party claims “Islam does not belong to Germany”, has converted to Islam and resigned his post.

Arthur Wagner, a leading member of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the eastern state of Brandenburg, left his position on the party’s state executive committee on January 11 citing “personal reasons”, according to Andreas Kalbitz, AfD’s chairman AfD in the state.

Kalbitz told CNN that he only learned about Wagner’s conversion in a telephone conversation with him a few days later.

“I was very surprised,” he said. “He has been very active in the Christian wing of the party.”

Wagner was first elected as an AfD representative in 2015 and was a member of the state committee responsible for churches and religious communities.

Kalbitz said there was “no pressure from the party” for Wagner to resign. “The party supports freedom of religion,” he said.

Wagner did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN. He previously told German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel that his conversion was a “private matter” but that his party had not pressured him to step down.

Originally formed as an anti-euro party in 2013, the AfD has more recently campaigned on an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam platform, strongly criticising the decision to allow more than a million refugees into Germany in 2015. The party came third in last year’s federal election, winning 12.6% of the vote.

One of the AfD’s key’s principles is that “Islam does not belong to Germany”. It is one of four doctrines stated on the homepage of the AfD’s Brandenburg branch.

Speaking at a press conference a week before the federal elections, then co-chair of the AfD Alexander Gauland said that orthodox Islam is “incompatible” with “the principles of the modern, secular, free and democratic law-bound state.”

“The growing Islamisation of Germany poses an urgent challenge for its public and state order, cultural identity and the internal peace of our country,” Gauland said.

Kalbitz told CNN that while “lots of Muslims in Germany are well integrated, Islam itself is not part of German culture”, a point he reiterated in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“We regard Islam as a religious-political doctrine that runs counter to our German cultural identity,” he wrote, warning against the development of “Islamic parallel societies” while insisting his party supports freedom of belief. (CNN)

Source News Express

Posted 25/01/2018 12:02:05 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Few days to LG polls, fire guts Kaduna...

FG develops national policy on prosecution of corrupt...

Bandits kill at least 35, kidnap 40 in...

Tambuwal, Masari, Umahi, Al-Makura, Ahmed, Sani Bello, Bar....

Taxation expert points way out of economic recession...

El-Rufai creates new ministry, appoints commissioner-designate •Kaduna to...

Remembering my mother, late GoldCoast Dickson (Part 1),...

Chief of Army Staff hosts Multinational Joint Task...

They are still alive! They are still alive!!...

Breaking: Ikpeazu, PDP coasting to victory as collation...

Gunmen abduct lawmaker’s 68-year-old mother and adopted son...

Navy pledges support for Police against maritime crimes...

 

Latest News 40 killed in Kaduna Nnamdi Kanu’s reappearance, the beginning of Biafra’s independence — IPOB Be wary of Agatu girls, LG boss warns NAF personnel Unpaid Pensions: 900 Nigeria Airways retirees die Atiku’s Campaign Council: Umahi denies rejecting appointment Fayose won't be intimidated, ready to defend himself in court — Aide Viral Video: NANS gives Buhari 7-day ultimatum to probe Ganduje Anambra Building Collapse: Last trapped victim dies after rescue Lebanese jailed, forfeits $52,550, €32,250 to FG Why Abia women prefer fairly-used underwear Osinbajo declares Bayelsa flood a major disaster •Dickson calls for collaboration to resettle victims Alleged 2.1bn Fraud: Charge Dasuki for money laundering not me, Dokpesi tells court

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (407,640 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (382,904 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (315,243 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (258,004 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (237,808 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,594 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,373 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (185,827 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,590 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (166,052 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,704 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,469 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (69) Business & Economy (3,696) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (948) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (559) Features (660) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,547) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,754) Opinion (1,125) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,304) Religion (881) Sports (1,733) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement