One of the hints that the state is a religion is that politicians operate as preachers. Thus, Europe Online Magazine headlines, “Merkel urges German unity on migration crisis in New Year’s address.”
The most important issue confronting Germany in 2016 is the nation‘s “solidarity” in dealing with the refugee crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel will say in her New Year‘s address to the nation on Thursday.
“It is important that we not let ourselves be divided – not among generations, and not among those who have been here a long time and those who are new citizens,” says Merkel, according to an advance copy of her speech.
The chancellor asks that people not follow “those with coldness or even hate in the hearts, and claim the right to be called German for themselves alone while seeking to exclude others.“
Merkel does not mention Pegida, the anti-Islam political movement that has drawn tens of thousands to the streets of Germany in mass rallies over the past year.
As the country faces an unprecedented influx of migrants – mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo – there have also been several attacks on asylum shelters.
About 1 million refugees were expected to be registered in Germany in 2015.
This is a consistent message from Merkel. Back in October she described those who objected to importing foreigners with welfare as “those who have hate if their hearts.” I think there might be a less evil reason some might oppose her policy. Even if Pegida is bad or dangerous in some way, that doesn’t prove that everyone who follows them is of the same mind. On the contrary, it is more likely to mean that Merkel’s refusal to protect German citizens is driving them to Pegida.
In a country where people find the police who are sworn to protect them and the media are covering up the extent that immigrants are committing crimes, Merkel has no business pretending that all who oppose her have evil motives.