Constitution, not sharia, is supreme law in Germany – Merkel

October 7, 2010

merkelChancellor Angela Merkel has said Muslims must obey the constitution and not sharia law if they want to live in Germany, which is debating the integration of its 4 million-strong Muslim population.

In the furore following a German central banker’s blunt comments about Muslims failing to integrate, moderate leaders including President Christian Wulff have urged Germans to accept that “Islam also belongs in Germany.”

(Photo: Angela Merkel at a CDU conference in Wiesbaden, 6 Oct 2010/Alex Domanski)

Merkel , the daughter of a Protestant pastor brought up in East Germany who now leads the predominantly Catholic CDU party,  said Wulff had emphasised Germany’s “Christian roots and its Jewish roots.”

“Now we obviously also have Muslims in Germany. But it’s important in regard to Islam that the values represented by Islam must correspond with our constitution,” said Merkel on Wednesday. “What applies here is the constitution, not sharia.”

Last month, Merkel said Germans had for too long failed to grasp how immigration was changing their country and would have to get used to the sight of more mosques in their cities.

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[...] wanted sharia here, an issue discussed mostly on the conservative end of the political spectrum. Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Muslims last year that Islamic law had no place in Germany. “What applies here is the constitution, not sharia,” [...]

“4 million-strong Muslim population…” OK, so it’ll be a while and take fighting in the streets before Sharia is Germany’s law.

Posted by Factoidz | Report as abusive

Islam does not belong in any civilized society….

Posted by GAPETERSON1958 | Report as abusive

Hate to tell you Merkel..they put their religion above other law, which is incompatibility on many scales. Might as well start sending them all back to the Islamic state.

Posted by MaidenUSA | Report as abusive

Good for Merkel! She should be President of the United States. You don’t have to be a “Natural born American, anymore.”

Posted by C-Class | Report as abusive

Last month, Merkel said Germans had for too long failed to grasp how immigration was changing their country and would have to get used to the sight of more mosques in their cities.

Germans don’t have to be used to no mosque or Muslims. Actually, the best would be to deport all the Muslims because they don’t belong in Europe.

Posted by cleancountry | Report as abusive

Last month, Merkel said Germans had for too long failed to grasp how immigration was changing their country and would have to get used to the sight of more mosques in their cities.

Germans don’t have to be used to no mosque or Muslims. Actually, the best would be to deport all the Muslims because they don’t belong in Europe.

Posted by cleancountry | Report as abusive

let’s just not make muslims the next oppressed race, as history has taught us that oppressing races and creeds generally has negative impacts long into the future.

Posted by taotzu | Report as abusive

In other words, you’re invited to in the country as long as you follow the rules. Makes sense.

Posted by Clayphel | Report as abusive

Merkel, you hot ticket! You’ve got more b@l*s than most senior level government male officials I know! Kudos. And Frieden to Germany!

Posted by BGoldberg | Report as abusive