Right-wing extremists should not be given a higher status, the state parliamentary groups in North Rhine-Westphalia had agreed on this years ago. Nevertheless, several politicians of the parties represented in the state parliament were not afraid to appear in a mosque of the so-called Grey Wolves, welt.de reports. The Grey Wolves are the supporters of the “Federation of Turkish Democratic Idealist Associations” (ADÜTDF), which is observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and classified as racist, extremely nationalistic and anti-Semitic. The North Rhine-Westphalian Office for the Protection of the Constitution said that the Grey Wolves had an ideology that was characterized by a belief in “the superiority of the Turkish race” and a “cult of leadership”. Some followers also did not shy away from violence against dissenters and members of minorities. Nevertheless, Remscheid’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Mast-Weisz ( Social-Democrats) and Sven Wolf, the Social-Democrats deputy parliamentary party leader in the Düsseldorf state parliament, paid their respects to the ADÜTDF’s Remscheid Ülkü-Ocagi Mosque last Thursday. Christian Democratic Union (CDU) city council member Ottmar Gebhardt had also attended. The ADÜTDF had invited there to the Open Mosque Day – together with representatives of the Milli-Görüs Movement, also observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, and the Turkish Ditib Association. Deputy faction leader Wolf subsequently spoke on Facebook of a “great meeting”. Why do German politicians always deal with dubious associations when they want to make contact with “Islam”? Welt.de has a remarkable explanation for this:
“There are also unrestrictedly constitutionally loyal and moderate Muslim communities, such as the Liberal-Islamic Federation or the Muslim Community of North Rhine-Westphalia, but these have only a few hundred members nationwide. The Federation and the federal states have therefore been cooperating for decades with associations influenced by Islamism or nationalism such as the Islamic Council and Ditib.