Criticism of Armin Laschet and the CDU parliamentary group in North Rhine-Westphalia. You are confronted with the accusation that you have heaved the Association of Large Families Germany into the WDR Broadcasting Council.
Düsseldorf – The Broadcasting Council of the WDR is repositioning itself. So far, so normal. In addition to 60 other members, the “Association of children-rich families Germany eV” will be represented in future. The association has ties to the CDU – and is under criticism.
North Rhine-Westphalia: Association of large families in Germany from now on in the WDR Broadcasting Council
Agenda item 22 was dealt with in the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament on June 30th. Specifically: “Sending members by socially relevant groups to the WDR Broadcasting Council in accordance with Section 15 (4) of the WDR Law.” should hold in the WDR Broadcasting Council.
In addition to associations such as the German Tenants’ Association of North Rhine-Westphalia or the State Hunting Association, this also included the Association of large families in Germany. He is selfless and pursues exclusively charitable purposes. The KRFD is politically and denominationally unbound within the free-democratic basic order of the Federal Republic of Germany. ”As a report of the mirror suggests, there are definitely political connections – to the CDU. This is particularly interesting because of the content of the KRFD.
CDU: Member of Parliament Schick is said to have proposed KRFD
The KRFD is said not to have taken the initiative to be accepted into the Broadcasting Council, but to have been asked directly by the CDU parliamentary group. The member of the state parliament, Thorsten Schick, played a leading role. His name can also be found under the application in printed matter 17/14374, in which the appointment of the Broadcasting Council was discussed. The motion was also signed and approved by other political groups.
The Association of children-rich families Germany eV advocates a family picture of more than three children and wants to promote the concerns of large families. “We want to contribute to the fact that the program design takes on the information needs of the families”, quotes the mirror the goal of the approximately 6,000 members of the association. In addition to these concerns, however, the KRFD is confronted with the accusation that it is partly taking arch-conservative, questionable, openly homophobic and xenophobic positions. This is due to people who have the main responsibility of the KRFD.
KRFD: Accusation of arch-conservative, homophobic views – connections to “Opus Dei”
Population scientist Herwig Birg and economist Bernd Raffelhüschen are said to be on the advisory board of the German Association of Large Families. Texts from both should be loud mirror at the AfD find again that Birg appeared at the AfD party congress in 2015. In 2019, in an interview with the Foundation for Family Values, he called for the shortage of skilled workers in Germany to be tackled by “increasing the birth rate” and not “by immigration from abroad”. Many people with a history of immigration have “anti-integration attitudes”.
The social scientist Manfred Spieker also sits on the committee. Born in Munich, he was a member of the CDU for 43 years. After the Bundestag resolution on marriage for all, he left the Christian Democrats because he could not do anything with the worldview of same-sex relationships. The 78-year-old called homosexual couples generation-blind and hostile to life. He is said to be a member of the ultra-reactionary Catholic association Opus Dei.
Laschet’s shadow man Liminski: Conservative points of contact with the KRFD
Nathanael Liminski also has points of contact with Opus Dei. The 35-year-old is head of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia and is considered the right-hand man of Prime Minister Armin Laschet. Liminski is a co-founder of the Pope Association “Generation Benedikt”, his recently deceased father was a member of Opus Dei.
Liminski is strictly conservative. He lives the credo “no sex before marriage” and now has four children. The godfather of one of the children is CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak. He finds abortions “ethically unjustifiable”, about homosexuals he said in 2007: “I know many homosexuals and I feel sorry for some. The state has to promote the natural form of marriage and family out of pure self-preservation. ”Liminski has already met with representatives of the KRFD in the past. In 2017, after a meeting, the association wrote of a “constructive exchange for families with many children”.
CDU: Criticism of Armin Laschet – how close is the candidate for chancellor to the KRFD?
Because of these connections, critics also denounced Armin Laschet. The CDU / CSU’s candidate for chancellor is also part of the CDU parliamentary group in North Rhine-Westphalia, but – just like Liminski – is said to have “not been involved”, as the State Chancellery explains. The CDU parliamentary group is quoted in the report as saying that the KRFD “never appeared with radical positions”.
How close Laschet is to the KRFD is unclear. He at least congratulated the association on the ten-year anniversary – as did many other political giants. The former Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD), the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and other Prime Ministers as well as Paul Ziemiak conveyed warm greetings.
Due to its attitudes towards the topic of families and migration, which some critics consider to be extremely conservative, the Association of Large Families in Germany has come under fire. The mirror headlined that the Union “heaved a controversial organization into the WDR Broadcasting Council”. The CDU parliamentary group will therefore have to put up with critical voices in support of the KRFD. Even if the actual extent of the connection remains unclear. (as)