German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere prompted an angry backlash from his own party and political allies by suggesting that Germany introduce Muslim public holidays.
RT His proposal, however, quickly provoked a wave of indignation within the ranks of his own party as well as among their Bavarian allies, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU). “Our Christian legacy is non-negotiable,” Alexander Dobrindt, the head of the CSU faction in the German federal parliament, said, commenting on de Maiziere’s statement. “Introduction of Muslim public holidays in Germany is out of question,” he added.
De Maiziere’s fellow senior CDU member, Wolfgang Bosbach, however, said that, even though everyone in Germany has every right to celebrate whatever religious holidays they want, the legal protection of non-Christian holidays “is a different issue.”
The politician said he sees no reason to discuss such issues and said that the politicians should instead ask “when Christians will finally have the same religious freedom in all Muslim countries as Muslims [in Germany].”
De Maiziere’s statements came at a time when Germany is still stunned by the historic success of the right-wing, anti-Muslim immigration populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party at the latest federal parliamentary election
Since 2015, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of Muslim invaders posing as refugees, around one million mostly Muslims have arrived in Germany, putting a strain on its social welfare system, resulting in a steep rise in crime and Islamic terrorist attacks and plots, which is sparking a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment.