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Islam takes another step to German recognition
2013-01-29
Bremen is the third German state to recognize Islamic organizations as official religious bodies. Holidays, funerals and pastoral care will be regulated by state contracts. Other states will likely follow suit.

For Erol Pürlü, spokesman for the German Muslim coordination council, the signing of the contract with the city-state of Bremen marked a "day of joy". Three Muslim associations were officially recognized as religious bodies. "That sends a clear signal that Islam belongs to Germany," said Pürlü.

Bremen is the third German state to confer this status on Islamic organizations. Hamburg made a similar agreement last November, while Hesse officially recognized two Islamic organizations and allowed them to offer their own religious classes in schools in December.

The relationship between German states and Muslim associations had been stalled for decades until the breakthrough came in 2010. Large organizations like the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) and the Association of Islamic Cultural Centers (VIKZ) had been campaigning to be recognized as religious bodies for a long time.
Posted by:tipper

#2  OOOOPPSIES, forgot TOPIX > WEST ASIA ISLAMIC UNION TO CONTAIN RUSSIA, in the near future???

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, + Iran, to start.

TURKIC UNION to deter or counter GERMANY + RUSSIA; WEST ASIAN ISLAMIC UNION to deter or counter RUSSIA + CHINA???

So-called MEDITERRANEAN UNION to .....???

AND

* SAME > [Russia]REVISING THE CONCEPT OF EURASIA.

* SAME > RUSSIA SEES IRAN AS KEY PART IN ARCHITECTURE FOR REGIONAL SECURITY.

* SAME > SCHOLAR WARNS OF ASEAN "FRACTURE".
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-01-29 23:36  

#1  Fear Radical Islam's lawyers + political lobbyists, notsomuch its violent Jihadis armed wid Nukes-WMDS, ala LEGAL "CREEPING SHARIA/ISLAMIC LAW".

* ION WAFF > JOINT ARMED FORCES OF TURKIC-SPEAKING COUNTRIES FORMED.

Rest of ex-Soviet Stans = CAR Region, + Hungary, + Finland may join in near future.

WAFF BLOGGER = opined that new Union wid a tote population of 300Milyuhn should be big enough + econ, mil strong enough to offset or influence the policies of the US, NATO-EU, Russia, China, + India.

AND

* SAME > MERKEL DEMANDS [all-Euro only] EUROPEAN ARMy, replete wid proper resources, manpower, + organization as separate + distinct from US-led NATO.
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-01-29 23:25  

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