“Now everyone can see what religious fanatics are about”
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Islamists put the murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty into perspective during demonstrations. WELT AM SONNTAG publisher Stefan Aust can get something positive from this: Because a naive-tolerant interaction is no longer possible.
WORLD ON SUNDAY: Islamists repeatedly marched through Hamburg and other cities in demonstrations, putting the murder of the Parisian teacher Samuel Paty into perspective. Is that bearable?
Stefan Aust: Even if that may sound surprising, there is something pleasant about it. Because now everyone can see clearly what these religious fanatics are essentially about, namely a different society. A naive-tolerant interaction should then no longer be possible. There is a great consensus in Europe that the separation of church and state is one of the greatest achievements in history. That should be turned back here, as in the countries of origin of many of these Islamists.
WORLD ON SUNDAY: CDU and AfD are calling for these demonstrations to be banned. Would that be the right way?
Aust: I would always be very careful with the right to demonstrate, because that is also an expression of the Enlightenment. It is therefore important to observe very closely what exactly is said or done on these demos. If it is not compatible with our laws, then action must be taken. In theory, of course, a politically motivated belief system may also demonstrate.
WORLD ON SUNDAY: Overall, how do you feel about the attitude of the general public and politics towards Islamism? Is there enough clarity here?
Aust: Definitely not. Even radical political Islamism was accepted under the umbrella of freedom of belief. Since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 at the latest, it would have been advisable to abandon this naivete. What many in Germany do not want to admit, but what is shown again and again in the attacks, is this: if these fanatics think that they are acting in accordance with their beliefs, then they no longer know any limits. This basic attitude is also evident in the demonstrations.
Stefan Aust is editor of WELT AM SONNTAG. Jörn Lauterbach asked the questions.
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