BERLIN – A senior German far-right politician has vowed to ban Islam across Europe if his party came to power in the western European country.
“Once we come into power, we will enforce what is necessary for us to live our lives freely. We will issue the directive that after crossing the Bosporus, the three great M’s: Mohammed, Muezzin, and minaret, are over, dear friends!” Bjoern Hoecke, told his AfD supporters Saturday in Germany’s Eisleben, Daily Sabah reported.
In a one-hour speech, Hoecke claimed that he was not an enemy of Islam and he was “actually tolerant;” however, Islam did not belong to Europe.
He added that Muslims were “lovers of war” because their Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a general.
“That’s why we have to take Islam seriously as a threat,” he said.
The hateful comments came as Arthur Wagner, a member of AfD national executive committee, quit his position in the party after converting to Islam last week.
The AfD has become the third-largest party in Germany, after winning 12.6 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections on Sept. 24.
The party’s basic program, which was adopted last year, claimed that “Islam does not belong to Germany.”
Berlin daily Tagesspiegel said “the worst thing is that the more AfD officials say such things, the more quickly they become normal. The outrage wears off, and at some point, there will no longer be an outcry.”
Robert Vehrkampf of think-tank the Bertelsmann Foundation called the AfD a generally right-wing populist party that “breaks taboos in a calculated way to reach right-wing extremist voters.”