Arson was reported in the city of Dietzenberg in our state of Hesse. When the cops arrived they were not just expected by the burning building dredger and a number of burning trash containers, but also a volley of about fifty men throwing stones at them. After more and more colleagues arrived in at least twelve police cars (a dozen of cars were damaged) and a fricking helicopter, the assailants could be scattered. Not captured. Mind you! Just scattered. After all, catching them could have hurt them and it is safer to rather keep the residents not safer. Maybe, just maybe, there is a middle ground, a sensible space between kneeling on a neck of a helpless, probably innocent person until he dies and letting yourself being beaten up by criminals caught right in the act. Maybe.
While the German state of Hesse has just shelved its schooling cooperation with the Islamic union of Ditib, the state Rhineland-Palatinate has thrashed out a new one. Ditib is the German dependancy of the Diyanet, the Religion Ministry of Turkey, responsible for telling our Turks what they shall believe. In “laicist” Turkey the public is supposed to have faith in the holy, true and eternal creed of whatever the government tells them. In our post-Kemalist age this divine wisdom comes from the mouth and mind of President Recep Erdogan who has stronger ties to other Muslim groups, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, than to Western nations. The shift of the only Islam from the Kemalist pro-European spirituality to the Erdogan pro-Arabic sunna, clashes with the leftist “secular” idea of bullying school children into their own set of believes. Two very “honest,” “secular” and “Western” cultures are struggling for dominance over classrooms and mosques.