“Muslims belong to germany – not islam”

Union faction leader Volker Kauder © dpa

For the chairman of the CDU/CSU in the Bundestag, Volker Kauder, Muslims belong to Germany, but Islam does not. That was "the only really pointed difference of opinion" he had with the chancellor, Kauder said.

The leader of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag commented on Friday to Deutsche Welle and added: "We can endure this."At the same time, the faction leader stressed that Islam is nevertheless "a religion that is also entitled to freedom in our country. This is why Muslims are allowed to build their mosques. But in these mosques, of course, nothing may take place against our democracy, our social order, our values".

Against Islam law

In this context, Kauder contradicted his parliamentary group colleague Jens Spahn, who had called for an Islam law. Such a law is not necessary. "What we have regulated in the Basic Law and what we have also regulated for the enforcement of our legal catchment is completely sufficient. If hate is preached in the mosques here in Germany, we can put a stop to it without any problem."

Kauder pointed to deficits in equal rights for men and women among Muslims. It is "not guaranteed in many forms, as we encounter Muslims. For example, where women are forcibly married, where women are not free to decide what profession they want to pursue."

"Marriage consists of a man and a woman"

Kauder defended in the interview also the prominent legal position of the marriage of man and woman. He has "great respect for people who take responsibility for each other" and want to do this permanently and reliably. "That's why we have also found a separate form for homosexuals to document this, namely in the registered civil partnership."Marriage consists for him and for many from his parliamentary group "just of man and woman. So the term should also be used in the Basic Law. That's why I don't see that we can equate same-sex partnerships with marriage," Kauder said.

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