Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Growing Following in Germany: The Dangerous Success of Radical Young Clerics

A German convert-Iman lays out the problem with the West and Liberalism.
Mosques are suffering from similar problems to those facing Catholic and Protestant churches. They are losing members, and they are seen as outdated and out of touch with everyday life. The young, charismatic agitators, on the other hand, know how to reach young people. They offer advice on relationship and drug problems, and they address issues of importance to young people, such as whether energy drinks are consistent with Islamic dietary rules.

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Listening to Vogel and watching his videotaped monologues, one could almost believe that the world consists of two dimensions: religious and non-religious, good and bad, heaven and hell.

The main problem with the West, he says in an accent typical of the Rhine region, is the idea that everyone has to realize his full potential and be happy as an individual. He despises individualism, that "Western ideology that tells you not to obey anyone." God, says Vogel, knows best what is good for the individual, which is why people must abide by his rules. "And even if Allah were to instruct you to spend your entire life with one leg against the wall, you would have to do it, because Allah is your god."
A Growing Following in Germany: The Dangerous Success of Radical Young Clerics - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Explaining rules, duties, and obligations not exactly Liberalism strong suit these days.  A wide opening for Imams of many sorts to fill.

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