Germany’s largest-selling tabloid newspaper Bild has published a 50-point migrant manifesto urging newcomers to respect the country’s values, democracy, and constitution.
It described the publication as a “guiding principle for what holds our free society together” and claimed the text was aimed at everyone who lives or wishes to live in Germany, adding: “We do not want to change our way of life just because we have guests.”
The manifesto touches upon several legal and constitutional matters that contravene a number of principles established in Sharia, religious law that forms a part of the Islamic tradition and is practiced in multiple nations across the Arab world from where many recent new arrivals to Germany originate.
“There are no unbelievers for us. Everyone can believe in whatever they want — including Santa Claus,” one clause reads.
“We don’t mask up or cover ourselves up, we look at each other’s faces,” another adds.
The publication urged anyone who considers the German constitution or its legal system to be a collection of non-binding advice to “leave Germany as quickly as possible,” and told new arrivals to learn German, insisting “only if we speak the same language will we understand each other.”
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Newcomers were reminded that homosexuality is a legal and accepted part of German society, in addition to many other liberal European nations, stating: “Men are allowed to love men and women are allowed to love women. Anyone who has a problem with this is themselves the problem. Love and Let Love!”
Women deserve equal rights, police officers are to be respected, and free speech is a cornerstone of German democracy, although this does not extend to “threatening or beating people, throwing stones, setting cars on fire, or celebrating murderers,” the manifesto added.
Other clauses notably directed towards migrants from the Islamic world reiterated that it is okay to eat pork, not okay to marry children or have multiple wives, and not acceptable to cast out women who commit adultery, “and certainly not okay to beat them or even stone them.”
“Beer and wine are part of the culture here. You should respect that, and if you don’t want to drink, don’t,” the manifesto added.
Its final clause read: “We love life and not death.”
The publication comes at a time of rising tensions across the country, sparked in part by the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between Hamas-run Gaza and Israel, and also due to the liberal federal government’s commitment to mass immigration and a recent influx of new arrivals that has saturated public services and led to a decline in social cohesion in a number of states.
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Germany’s mainstream political parties are gradually shifting toward the anti-immigration rhetoric pushed by the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is steadily increasing its support in the opinion polls and currently sits second nationally.
Earlier this month, Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for the country to “finally deport in large numbers those who have no right to be in Germany” amid a dramatic rise in illegal immigration into the country, while opposition leader Friedrich Merz slammed the fact that over 300,000 rejected asylum seekers had not left the country and were now enjoying full benefits including free dental care.
Merz’s Christian Democrat Union (CDU) has vowed to implement more restrictive immigration and asylum policies in an attempt to stifle support for the AfD, submitting proposals to abolish the right to asylum for migrants who enter the European Union without permission and vowing to implement measures to take genuine refugees directly from war-torn countries.