Canada is multi-cultural. Different races, religions, customs and dress is apparent on our city streets.
Everyone that arrives on our shores are expected to respect and abide by the laws of the land. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they try to change the law, and sometimes they are successful.
In 2015, after much debate, Zunera Ishaq, a woman at the centre of a niqab controversy , became a Canadian citizen, while wearing her niqab.
Several mayors of major cities in Canada had amended their noise by-laws to allow the call to prayer to be transmitted from mosques for the evening prayer during Ramadan as a ‘show of unity’ during the current pandemic.
In the story below, out of Germany, an Afghan migrant decided to take the law into his own hands and empty a church, because he ‘didn’t agree with Christianity”. Can this man be deported? No. There are currently no flights to Afghanistan. But there are plenty of refugees coming in. A recipe for trouble.
“I condemn this trespassing with property damage in the strongest possible terms. Such behavior is the reason why I made a plea in the summer not to accept any more refugees from Afghanistan. Most of them reject our culture. It is a mistake to think that they would want to integrate well, as yesterday’s incident proves once again.”
Thursday afternoon at the Frauenbergkirche in Nordhausen: Pastor Klemens Müller happened to look out of the window and watched a man carry the movable furniture out of the church. He has already dragged chairs, hymn books, the cross from the church wall and other altar items onto the forecourt and doesn’t seem to have finished his work yet …
When approached by the pastor who had hurried over and had not ordered an evacuation team for his church, the young man justified his actions with religious principles. In the dispute with Pastor Müller, who was introduced to the Frauenberg congregation at the beginning of October, he describes the Christian faith as wrong and takes the view that it is fundamentally a mistake that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Which is why he felt compelled to redecorate such a house of worship. He does not act aggressively and makes his point of view clear that he cannot accept the Christian faith. However, he is so understanding that he finished his clearing work after Pastor Müller confronted him.
However, the congregation of the St.Maria-Frauenberg Church had imagined something different under its previously quite successful slogan of an “open church”. On Sunday, the generous opening times of the church, which have been offered for weeks, will end as planned. There will not be a figure of Christ on the cross for the time being, because it broke during the “transport work”. Whether it was intentional or accidental can no longer be determined afterwards. While Pastor Müller is in dialogue with the peaceful and calm man about questions of faith, his secretary calls the police, who in the end imposed a ban on the intruder and, after taking his personal details, pronounced a dismissal and filed a complaint.
It is now up to the parish to decide whether the religious zealot will be charged with burglary or trespassing. The police report later states that a 25-year-old man rioted and a complaint was made. For everyone who is interested: The man comes from Afghanistan and came to Germany in 2015.
Perhaps Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” should be offered again in the city theater in the near future. For some contemporaries, the work on tolerance among world religions seems to be urgently required.
Nordhausen District Administrator Matthias Jendricke said the following to the nnz:
“I condemn this trespassing with property damage in the strongest possible terms. Such behavior is the reason why I made a plea in the summer not to accept any more refugees from Afghanistan. Most of them reject our culture. It is a mistake to think that they would want to integrate well, as yesterday’s incident proves once again.
In addition, we currently have no way of deporting people who have committed criminal offenses to their home country, because there are no longer any flight connections to Afghanistan. We don’t need a new admission contingent for Thuringia and we won’t solve Afghanistan’s problems if we bring unlimited numbers of people to us. “
The man came to Germany in autumn 2015 and has lived in the Nordhausen district since 2016. The parish will file charges for property damage and trespassing because a showcase inside the church was broken into and cleared out.