Sunday, March 13, 2016

Germany: Right-wing AfD party to push for ban on religious slaughter, circumcision

Via Breitbart:
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has announced its intentions to legislate a minaret ban ahead of regional elections on Sunday. The move comes as broad support from the traditionally apolitical Russian-German community continues to grow.

The new proposed federal AfD manifesto will be put to a vote on April 30th with a number of potentially controversial policies, reports Bild. The party is looking to enforce the concept of the separation of faith and state with a number of initiatives directed at religious customs.

The party announced that it will seek a ban on minarets and the Islamic call to prayer which is traditionally sung and often played through loudspeakers throughout the day. Party strategists justify this saying that the minaret is a “symbol of Islamic rule,” and that current policies “contradict a tolerant coexistence of religions,” which they claim only Christian churches embrace in the modern age.

They also took aim at halal slaughter saying that they believe the special religious rules are contrary to the German Animal Protection Act. AfD would rather see animals slaughtered in the most humane way possible as halal slaughter would be regarded as cruel if it were not given a religious pass. Male circumcision was another related policy point that the party supports banning, stating that circumcision is contrary to human dignity and it disregards the fundamental rights to physical integrity and self-determination of affected children.

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