Saturday, December 22, 2012

Authorities plan exit scheme for Salafists

This is just ridiculous.  Do the German authorities not know they are trying to change the minds of Muslim true believers who are ready, willing and able to die for the cause of jihad?  Their time, money and efforts would be much better spent actually finding and eliminating the jihadi in Germany.  Islam is a total way of life and the Germans seem to think Muslims are as casual about their religion as most non-Muslims are and can be lured away from villence with a "program". 

It shows just how out of touch with Islam the Germans are.


Authorities plan exit scheme for Salafists

Published: 22 Dec 12 07:57 CET

Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia are the first in Germany to be working on an opt-out and prevention programme for Salafists, with the goal of reaching people before they get involved in radical Islamist groups.

Burkhard Freier, head of the state’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that it is difficult to get people out of radical groups once they’ve joined.

Freier said his office will work closely together with Muslim organisations to provide ways people can opt out of the groups before becoming too entrenched.

He wants Muslims in Germany to know that the opt out program is about getting out of radical groups and not “getting out of Islam, which we respect.”

His office estimates that the number of extremist Salafists in North Rhine-Westphalia has doubled this year to 1,000. The effort with local Muslim groups comes after attempts at using hotlines to get people to either not join or quit such groups were less than successful.

Militant Salafist groups have been in the news a lot lately. On Thursday such a group released a video calling on followers to take German hostages to free an Islamist now serving a six-year sentence for stabbing two policemen in Bonn in May.

Last week German prosecutors said they believe Islamist extremists were behind a botched bomb attempt at the Bonn train station.