Eurabia Alert: “Muslim council demands church privileges for Islam,” from DPA, with thanks to Fjordman:
Cologne, Germany (dpa) – An umbrella group set up this week by Muslims in Germany called Thursday for Islam to be granted many of the same legal privileges as the main Christian churches and Judaism.
Ayyub Axel Koehler, the German Muslim leader who is taking the first, six-month turn as spokesman for the Muslim Coordination Council, said in Cologne, “Islamic instruction in public schools, running Islamic cemeteries: you have to have legal status first.”
Germany has more than 3.2 million residents of Muslim heritage in an overall population of 82 million. Their mosques are owned by incorporated societies with no especial religious status under German law.
“We are concerned about the integration of Islam and Muslims into the German legal system,” said Koehler, who heads the German Council of Muslims, one of four rival bodies that established the umbrella group.
He said that wherever German law granted rights to a “religious community,” a legal term embracing the Catholic and Lutheran churches and the Jewish community, Islam ought to be included as well.