Die Freiheit (‘Freedom’)
Die Freiheit - the German political party - is called, in full, Freedom Civil Rights Party for More Freedom and Democracy (Die Freiheit Bürgerrechtspartei für mehr Freiheit und Demokratie).
Freedom was founded in October 2010 by the Berlin parliamentarian René Stadtkewitz.
Stadtkewitz was expelled from the Christian Democratic Union in 2010 after inviting Dutch politician Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom to hold a speech in Berlin. A number of other politicians, who left their respective parties, also joined Stadtkewitz.
Mr Stadtkewitz was born in communist East Berlin. As a young adult he worked in a factory making industrial equipment. After that, in September 1989 - two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall - he fled East Germany with his wife and son. He returned to Berlin after German unification in 1990 and joined the CDU in 1995.
Stadtkewitz is a former long-time member of the Berlin House of Representatives.
At Freedom's opening meeting Stadtkewitz said that the "established parties, unfortunately, are not ready to take a clear stand but instead abandon the people to their concerns”. He then went on to say that "Western civilization, for centuries a world leader, faces an existential crisis”.
At the heart of this existential crisis is Islam in Europe. Stadtkewitz said that “Islam is not just a religion, but also a political ideology with its own legal system”.
As a response to this clear-and-present threat from militant Islam, Freedom has called for the scrutiny of all German imams, mosques and Islamic schools, as well as for a review of Islamic organisations to ensure their compliance with German laws. Freedom also condemns all efforts to build a parallel legal structure based on the Sharia law.
Because of Freedom's position on Islam, it also rejects the Turkish accession to the European Union.
At a 10th anniversary remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in New York, René Stadtkewitz said:
“The three most important terrorists of the 9/11 attacks had studied in Hamburg and were also radicalized there. Germany must be made aware of this... [but] nothing has changed here. We must not only openly debate the political ideology of Islam; we must also consider the political consequences of such an ideology.”
In an interview with the websitePolitically Incorrect (PI), Robert Spencer - of Jihad Watch - commented on both the problems Europe faces and also the encouraging fact that various political parties are attempting to deal with such problems. In one part of interview Freedom and Geert Wilders PVV were discussed. Spencer said that these
“parties give me great hope that Europe is not dead, that Eurabia is not a reality and never will be, and that European people will reassert their freedoms and the human rights that are threatened by Islamic law.”
In an interview on Dutch TV, Rene Stadtkewitz took the interviewer around the Kreuzberg and Neukölln area of Berlin. Stadtkewitz said that “these neighbourhoods are also called the largest Turkish city outside Turkey, a society in itself”. During the same interview, one of the co-founders of Freedom, Aaron Koenig, said that “the equating of criticism of Islam with ‘the right’ is completely wrong, I would really like people to resolve this for once”. He then went on to say that “it is clear that Islam-criticism derives from the center of society”.
The zealots of mass - and unquestioned - immigration keep on telling us that all immigrants are a vital source of skills and productivity; yet in Germany, as in the UK, large amounts of the immigrant population are unemployed. This is especially true of Muslims. In Germany, 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants are often under-educated and unemployed; which is a huge weight on Germany's welfare state.
The problems Germany has with Muslims are similar to ours in the UK, except instead of mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims, the Germans have a very large Turkish population. As Michael Stürzenberger, the spokesman of the Politically Incorrect (PI) group, and provincial Bavarian Die Freiheit chairman since early 2012, puts it:
“Back then, Germany gave in to US pressure, and thus, Turkey was able to unload a portion of their 30% unemployed on us at the beginning of the 60s. They came as guest workers because our government back then hoped that they might sometime leave again. After all, there wasn’t the desire of having workforces with a foreign culture here for the long term. But they stayed, brought their relatives and married partners from Turkey.”
Stürzenberger went on to say why Germans had a problem with many Muslim Turks:
“When people knuckle under such attempts at intimidation, the Muslim always feel more superior and as a result become even more audacious. A bar needs to be shoved across this aggressive behaviour. It needs to be made unmistakably clear to them whose land this is, and which rules are to be followed here. As Moslems they are in our eyes still tolerated guests, even if they might have been born here because we consider Islam to be a dangerous, hostile ideology.”
However, this is most certainly not a racial problem or a question of race. That is, many Turks have indeed assimilated themselves just very rarely Turkish Muslims. Stürzenberger says that
“all citizens of Turkish origin who have assimilated out of conviction, that is Kemalists, Christians, Atheists, many Alavites and those Moslems who don’t worry about the commands of their ideology and are willing to distance themselves from all of the components hostile to the Constitution, these are of course heartily welcome among us, and they aren’t the ones being described in this article. This, of course, also means those mostly non-Moslem immigrants from other Islamic countries who have assimilated as well".
Of course not all of Freedom's policies are focussed on Islam or on Muslim immigrants. Nonetheless, if the Islamisation of Germany continues, Freedom's policies - along with everyone else’s policies in that country - won’t amount to much in the long run anyway.
Here are some of Freedoms other core policies:
i) The introduction of direct citizen democracy based on the Swiss model. ii) Euroscepticism iii) Tougher measures on crime iv) Support of Israel. v) Stricter social welfare policies.
The program of the party is modelled after the one of the Dutch Party for Freedom, founded and led by Geert Wilders.
Freedom's main problem with the German political system is that the German people
“share [a] fear that the current policy of ignoring citizens will, of turning a blind eye to serious social problems, of incurring escalating debt, and last but not least, that all of this within the framework of a wrongly constructed European Union, could ultimately jeopardize prosperity, liberty and even peace in Germany and Europe.”
Freedom explains its position on direct democracy by saying that “the political system in Germany has turned into a dictatorship of [the] parties”. There is also a German problem with “a low election turnout and frustration with [the] parties”.
Freedom's solution to these problems is to “introduce a direct democracy as practiced in Switzerland with nation-wide referenda allowing Germans to vote on their constitutional law”.
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Bavaria's Interior Ministry has just announced, as of April 12, 2013, that the provincial Office of Constitutional Protection (Verfassungsschutz) will monitor Bavarian local chapter of the website Politically Incorrect (PI) and Freedom (Die Freiheit) in Munich. Bavaria is the first province in Germany to take this step.
Politically Incorrect has logged up to 10,000 visitors in one day. The German website "criticizes Islam's aggressive and authoritarian aspects". Robert Spencer has cooperated with PI's Stefan Herre in Stop the Islamisation of Nations (SION) and has participated in an August 4, 2012, international "counterjihad" conference in Stockholm with Stürzenberger.