Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Muslim spokesman in Germany may not be all he seems

Why is it so difficult to see the appointment of a Milli Görüs representative as the Spokesman for German Muslims in an unreservedly positive light?

Most Germans imagine a person such as Ali Kizilkaya when they think of a properly integrated Muslim. Kizilkaya, born in 1963, has lived since 1972 in Germany and he speaks German better than many native Germans, and his wife has married him quite voluntarily. In interviews, he said that he hates violence, racism and anti-Semitism and that imams should preach more often in German. He says that the Koran requires women to wear headscarves, but women have the freedom not to wear them. If such a man on the 28 March became spokesman of the Coordination Council of Muslims (RRM), no one would need to discuss further, one might think.

But there will be discussions. Ali Kizilkaya is Chairman of the Islamic Council in Germany. And he is a member of Milli Görüs, that organization that dominates the Islamic Council. And the civil servants whose role it is to protect the German constitution have observed that the ideology of the Milli Görüs-leader, Necmettin Erbakan is Islamist and believes some utterances from the ranks of the movement to be aggressive and anti-Semitic. These were individual cases said Kizilkaya and refers to the young management team of Milli Görüs, who have nothing more to do with the hardliners of the first generation.

For the specialist journalist and Islamic scholar, Claudia Dantschke this is, at best, half the truth: "There are young, educated and open people at Milli Görüs," she says, "but there's no distancing from Erbakan’s ideology and no separation from the mother party in Turkey. " Financial and ownership issues around the organization remain in the dark.

Too big to ignore

And some of the younger members were particularly radical - some even died in Chechnya in Jihad. Even some RRM member are concerned even before the date after which the Milli Görüs-man Kizilkaya could speak for them for six months. Furthermore, the tightly-run organization that reaches an estimated 70,000 people, is too big and too powerful to ignore.

Especially because the other associations have similar problems with fundamentalists in their own ranks. The Central Council of Muslims has in Aiman Mazyek a General Secretary who is skilled in dialogue and in Ayyub Axel Köhler a charming chairmen – but on the board also sits Farouk Ibrahim al-Zayad, the chief of the Islamic Community of Germany (IGD), who the Constitutional Protection authorities regard as the largest organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany.

Al-Zayad lost to Köhler the election for chairman, but he remains powerful: His company is alleged to be taking part in more than 100 construction projects of mosques in Germany. He has married the niece of Necmettin Erbakan and therefore has the best contacts to Milli Görüs. In the Second Islamic Conference in Germany, he sat as a guest - to the anger of liberal Muslims. Also, the Association of Islamic cultural centres (VIKZ) is controversial - its educational work is considered as hostile to integration.

The largest association of the RRM, the Turkish State Mosque Association DITIB is relatively transparent - but also always depends on the policy of Turkey. Because of this, the Coordinating Conference is still far away from becoming an independent representation of Muslims in Germany, as the new office for Kizilkaya makes clearly evident. But a scandal is probably inevitable: The next Islamic Conference is only in the autumn. The fact is that Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble will unlikely sit on the same podium as a Milli Görüs-man.


Catholic institutions employed nearly 6000 forced labourers


Dusseldorf (RPO). In an academic study in what form and to what extent Catholic institutions during the Nazi era employed forced labour can now be shown. According to the German Bishops' Conference on Tuesday, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, will present in Mainz on 4 April the whole historical documentation (now changed to the 8th April due to the death of Bishop Rolly)

It was the costliest research in recent decades in the area of research into Catholicism, said the bishops' conference. As early as 2005, the Bonn Commission for Contemporary History of the Bishops' Conference stated that they have researched the fate of 4,829 foreign workers and 1,075 prisoners of war who worked in Catholic institutions during the Second World War.

The documentary contains 27 Diocesan reports which in the course of the investigations depict the record of the conditions in each Diocese, the conditions in the facilities and the use forced labour mainly from Poland and the Soviet Union. In addition, the efforts of the pastoral care and noteworthy individual cases as well as reconciliation initiatives since the year 2000 are documented.

The Catholic Church decided in 2000, unlike the Protestant Church not to make payments into the State Compensation Fund of the "Foundation for Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future" but to independently compensate forced labourers in Catholic institutions. Five million marks (2.55 million euros) for the compensation of the individuals concerned and a further five million marks for the strengthening of religious and social reconciliation work were made available.

Cathcon comment- Oscar Schindler employed many forced labourers and thereby saved many lives.

The Onward March of the Latin Mass


We have only ourselves to blame

Muslims more numerous than Catholics

Easter Dancing in Linz


The President for most of the service

The priest got to say a prayer

Dance- the perfect end
For some reason, Noel Coward came to mind- can't think why.

Words - Noel Coward

Though your only seventeen, far too much of life you've seen
syncopated child.
Maybe if you only knew, where your path is leading to,
you'd come home less wild.
But I know it's vain, trying to explain,
while there's this insane, music in your

Dance, dance, dance, little lady! Youth is fleeting to the
rhythm beating in your mind.
Dance, dance, dance, little lady, so obsessed with second
best, no rest, you'll ever find.
Time and tide and trouble, never, never wait,
let this cauldron bubble, justify your fate.
Dance, dance, dance, little lady, dance, dance, dance, little lady!
Leave tomorrow behind.

(Tempo di Charleston)
When the saxophone gives a wicked moan,
Charleston. Hey! Hey!
Rhythms, fall and,
rise, start dancing
to the tune the band's crooning for soon the
night will be gone. Start swaying
like a read without heeding the speed that hur-
ries you on.
African melodies,
syncopate your nerves till your body curves,
drooping, stooping,
laughter, someday,
dies, and when the
lights are starting to gutter,
dawn through the shutter,
shows you're living in a world of

Signs point towards

Pope’s Celebration of the Mass