CHARLOTTE, NC: From a political point of view the old adage that “you can’t tell the players without a scorecard” is probably best exemplified in Germany. Since 2015, when Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders, largely to Muslim refugees fleeing from the Middle East and Africa, the country has been divided over “islamization.” Now Bavaria is taking a stand.
Bavaria, a state in Germany, is fighting back against Islamization
Among the most vocal regions against the influx of migrants has been Bavaria, a traditionally strong Catholic enclave in Germany. As of June 1st, hoping to counter some of the Muslim influence, the state of Bavaria has ordered all government buildings to display a Christian cross at its entrance.
Oddly enough, in recent decades there has been a significant religious decline in church attendance in many, if not most, Christian regions throughout Europe. In fact, the increased secularization of the continent combined with Islamic population growth has resulted in greater concerns over the rapid advance of Muslim solidarity.
One of the primary reasons behind Merkel’s 2015 decision to provide sanctuary for Islamic refugees was to compensate for Germany’s diminishing workforce. Believing that Muslims would fill the gaps vacated by the smaller numbers of German labor seemed like a good solution at the time, but the mistake the chancellor made was her failure to recognize that the Islamic community refuses to assimilate into a new society or culture.
Germany’s Muslim Migrants Muddle
Muslim migrants in Germany, and elsewhere, have become parasites. Instead of acclimating to a welcoming country, they instead feed upon the goodwill of naive nations that are vastly different culturally. Furthermore, Western countries are woefully inept in their understanding of Muslims who, in the long run, ultimately gain control of their new surroundings.
Immediately after the rulings passing, Markus Soder, Bavaria’s new leader, hung a cross in the government headquarters in Munich to demonstrate the importance of the decision.
“The cross is a fundamental symbol of our Bavarian identity and way of life.”
Bavarian schools and courtrooms already require mandatory visible displays of crosses.
Bavaria and its resistance to Chancellor Merkel’s Muslim appeasement
With more than a million migrants streaming into Germany since 2015, Bavaria has been at the forefront of the resistance against Chancellor Merkel’s appeasement. The feeling has been so strong that Bavaria has even threatened to sue the government for allowing refugees to obtain asylum.
Other measures have also been taken to protect and preserve Christian values in Bavaria. One such policy has been to ban women from wearing burkas in public.
Advocates on the other side of the issue have serious religious concerns regarding the recent ruling.
While many say they do not object to the presence of crosses in official buildings, they are also worried about the influence of their meaning, believing they represent a double standard that creates an even greater schism between Muslims against Christians.
Aiman Mazyek, chairwoman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, says that Islam, Judaism, and other faiths should not be banished from similar public displays if Christians are freely allowed to express their symbols.
Muslim appropriation leads to domination of social culture
While Mazyek’s perspective sounds reasonable on the surface, the Islamic track record typically reverts to a double standard of its own when Muslims gain control of a political situation where their influence dominates. Therein lies the fear that concerns most opponents.
To counter the influx of Muslims into Germany, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has established a “homeland” department dedicated to protecting traditional German culture. Seehofer’s move has met with resistance by opposing forces who claim he is pacifying right-wing efforts that have been against the refugee crisis from the beginning.
And so the internal war continues to rage in several European countries as they seek to find solutions to a self-made crisis.
Bavaria fights to maintain its Christian heritage and identity
In the meantime, Bavaria keeps fighting back to retain its heritage and identity.
Germany is a perfect example of the religious conflicts facing Europe and, perhaps, soon after, the United States. Terrorism remains a plague upon civilized societies, but until the West wakes up, that will be its “cross to bear.”
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Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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Lede image from Bavaria Facebook Page: The cross is not to be seen as a religious symbol but as a “commitment of identity” and of “Bavaria’s cultural formation”, says the Governor of Bavaria.