Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) [Alternative for Germany] plans to put its anti-Islam policy at the heart of its programme. This includes describing Islam as a religion as being incompatible with the free constitution. "Islam as such is a political ideology that is incompatible with the constitution," said the deputy leader and MEP Beatrix von Storch to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Alexander Gauland, AfD leader in Brandenburg and also deputy party leader expressed himself in similar terms. "Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity, but is always connected intellectually with the takeover of the state. Therefore the islamisation of Germany is a danger," said Gauland to the Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung.
At its party meeting in two weeks in Stuttgart, the AfD plans to decide on the anti-Islam course in its first party programme. This is also expected to involve banning symbols of Islam from the public space. "We are in favour of a ban on minarets, muezzins and for banning the full veil," said von Storch. These demands have been raised in the federal leadership's draft programme.
Gauland challenges the idea that, alongside the fundamental orientation of Islam there is also an enlightened Islam that is compatible with the constitutional framework based on freedom and democracy. "We are a Christian/secular land; Islam is an alien element. There is really no such thing as Euro-Islam," said the deputy AfD chairman. Von Storch also said that Islam could not find a home in Germany. "Many Muslims belong to Germany, but Islam does not belong to Germany".Source