From the German far right to Islam

A curious conversion from Alternative für Deutschland to Islam – from Deutsche Welle German far-right AfD politician resigns after converting to Islam:

Arthur Wagner, a politician in the eastern state of Brandenburg, has become a Muslim. His Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entered the Bundestag last year following a populist, anti-Islam campaign.

The far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Tuesday confirmed reports in the German media that one of its politicians, Arthur Wagner, has converted to Islam.

Wagner, a leading AfD member in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, resigned his position on the party’s national executive committee on January 11 for personal reasons, AfD spokesman Daniel Friese said.

Wagner, a German of Russian origin, had been a representative of the AfD since 2015. He was a member of the state committee with responsibility for churches and religious communities.

Before joining the anti-Islam, anti-immigration party, he was a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Wagner refused to answer questions from the German daily newspaper Tagesspiegel, who first reported his conversion to the Islamic faith.

“That’s my private business,” he told the newspaper. But he said there had been no attempt by the party to force him to resign.

Wagner is not the first far-right politician to convert to Islam, according to the German daily Die Welt.

Arnoud van Doorn was asked to leave Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders‘ Freedom Party (PVV). It later emerged he had taken up the Muslim faith and traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj (a pilgrimage to Mecca), the Guardian reported.

The AfD campaigned against Muslim immigration.

Support for the party surged after Germany admitted more than 1.5 million refugees and migrants in 2015 and 2016 at the height of the European migration crisis.

The AfD argued that the country was under threat of “Islamization” and demanded stricter border controls to stem the number of newcomers arriving from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Ironic then that one of their own politicians has been Islamified.

Related links from DW:

Alternative für Deutschland (AfD):

Founded in April 2013, the AfD narrowly missed the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the Bundestag during the 2013 federal election. In 2014 the party won seven seats in the European election as a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists. After securing representation in 14 of the 16 German stateparliaments by October 2017, the AfD became the third largest party in Germany after the 2017 federal election, claiming 94 seats in the Bundestag, a major breakthrough for the party as it was the first time the AfD had won any seats in the Bundestag.

The party has been described as a German nationalist,[2][3][4] right-wing populist, and Eurosceptic party. Since about 2015, the AfD has been increasingly open to working with far-right extremist groups such as Pegida.

Parts of the AfD also have racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and/or xenophobic tendencies linked to far-right movements such as Neo-Nazismand identitarianism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_for_Germany

It seems odd to me that even the English version of Deutsche Welle calls the AfD ‘Alternative for Germany’.

It would be a bit like the Herald calling parties here Die ArbeiterParty or Neuseeland Erst.

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  January 25, 2018

    Maybe he likes certainty.

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  2. Corky

     /  January 25, 2018

    There’s always a few people who become overawed by psychic emotionalism. In New Zealand the number of Maori women converting, or appearing so by their dress and head coverings, is quite alarming. Whether this trend is regional to my area, or nation wide, I do not know.

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    • Blazer

       /  January 25, 2018

      get a…Fez.

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      • Corky

         /  January 25, 2018

        Only after you fez up about your conversion to capitalism.

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        • Blazer

           /  January 25, 2018

          how do you define..Capitalism…be careful..now!

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          • Corky

             /  January 25, 2018

            Buying a jar of peanut butter- made by workers who voluntarily go to work- and not having to share it with you because you believe you have a communal right to partake and enjoy what is mine.

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            • Blazer

               /  January 25, 2018

              but how much peanut butter…do you..need?

            • Corky

               /  January 25, 2018

              As much as I want. And if I look out the window and see you going through my rubbish and licking an empty ice-cream container, there should still be no imperative upon me to ameliorate your situation.

              That may seem morally corrupt, but in reality it rarely happens in capitalist nations. But you are welcome to compare us to North Korea if you want.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 25, 2018

              “Buying a jar of peanut butter – made by workers who voluntarily go to work – “, and whose wages are paid by a tax-exempt religious charity …

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 25, 2018

              There’s something almost ‘Islamic’ about it …

            • Corky

               /  January 25, 2018

              The ole shotgun approach….shoot in the general direction and hopefully you’ll hit something.

            • Corky

               /  January 25, 2018

              Hubbard’s Cereals ?

  3. unitedtribes2

     /  January 25, 2018

    So what. A national MP resigned the party is is now going to be PM of a Labour government.

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  4. Kevin

     /  January 25, 2018

    Good riddance. Anyone who voluntarily converts to Islam is either an idiot or someone who didn’t do their homework.

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  5. Mefrostate

     /  January 25, 2018

    Hilarious!

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  6. Gezza

     /  January 25, 2018

    Is he married? Might be a for a sheila.

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  7. sorethumb

     /  January 25, 2018

    The party has been described as a German nationalist,[2][3][4] right-wing populist, and Eurosceptic party.
    ….
    Or Far Right.
    The new norm is “we celebrate diversity”. Actually that is phoney baloney
    Take it away Pat Buchanan:
    China may be a single-party Communist state that restricts freedom of speech, religion and the press, the defining marks of democracy. Yet Beijing has delivered what makes the Chinese people proud–a superpower nation to rival the mighty United States.

    Chinese citizens appear willing to pay, in restricted freedoms, the price of national greatness no modern Chinese generation had ever known.

    The same appears true of the Russian people.

    After the humiliation of the Boris Yeltsin era, Russians rallied to Vladimir Putin, an autocrat 18 years in power, for having retrieved Crimea and restored Russia to a great power that can stand up to the Americans.

    Consider those “illiberal” democracies of Central and Eastern Europe–the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary.

    To preserve their national character and identity, all have chosen to refuse refugees from Africa and the Middle East. And if this does not comport with the liberal democratic values of the EU, so be it.

    President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that if the French had voted at the time Britain did, for Brexit, France, too, might have voted to get out of the European Union.

    Why? One reason, and, no, it’s not the economy, stupid.

    It is the tribe. As the English wished to remain English, and voted to regain control of their borders, so the French wish to remain who they were and are–whether ruled by a Louis XIV, Napoleon, General de Gaulle or the Fifth Republic.

    In these countries, the common denominator is that the nation comes first, and that political system is best which best protects and preserves the unique character of the nation.

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-is-democracy-on-the-way-down

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  8. Conspiratoor

     /  January 25, 2018

    The conspiratorial cynic in me smells something a little fishy.

    Don’t be surprised if we have a Trojan horse here. Only to re-emerge 2 to 3 years down the track with an insiders view of the true evil of islam. Although he’ll need to put on a convincing performance if he wants to keep his head attached

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