The German government is condemning the so-called “Shariah Police” who have been spotted wandering the streets of Wuppertal to raise awareness for the strict Islamic traditions. The group of about a dozen men wearing red vests marked with the words “Sharia Police” were seen at nightclubs and a city train station asking passersby not to drink alcohol, gamble, or visit prostitutes.
Below is a photo of the “Sharia Police”:
“Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the German newspaper Bild on Saturday. “Nobody can take it upon themselves to abuse the good name of the German police.”
According to Deutsche Welle, fundamentalists have declared Wuppertal – “the sleazy nightlife area of the city of 340,000” – to be a "Sharia Controlled Zone."
Wuppertal police are now pressing charges against those seen wearing the makeshift uniform, and Police Chief Birgitta Rademacher reiterated “intimidation or provocation won't be tolerated.”
On radio this morning, Glenn asked Pat and Stu to differentiate between a few similar scenarios involving a religious group spreading leaflets in a community put the meaning of the “Shariah Police” in greater context.
“Now, I've got one story I want to tell a couple different ways,” Glenn said.
Scenario 1: “There are volunteer group that are Christians, that are out walking around the night clubs in an American city… asking people not to drink alcohol, not to gamble, not to visit prostitutes and watch pornography, because they say that it is bad and against God's law.”
“Have a problem with that,” Glenn asked. “Local church group, handing out leaflets, saying don't do this.”
“Not in and of itself,” Stu responded.
Next, Glenn changed one variable in the situation.
Scenario 2: “A local mosque has gathered a bunch of volunteers, and they are doing exactly the same thing, in exactly the same scenario. Some American city, Muslims are just saying, ‘Hey, brother. Don't gamble. Don't drink. Don't use the prostitutes. Don't do pornography.’”
“I'm still okay with that,” Pat said of the scenario two.
At this point, Glenn offered a third situation in which two variables changed from his original story.
Scenario 3: “It's a group of militant Christians in Germany that are now saying, ‘It is bad for you and the motherland for you to visit the prostitutes.’ They have declared this area in a very ‘Brownshirt’ sort of way… A local group of Christian brownshirts are now patrolling the streets in German cities, saying that they are controlling that area, and they are saying that this is against God's law and brownshirt law.”
“It's frightening,” Pat said emphatically. “Because of history.”
Finally, Glenn offered one final scenario – the one that Wuppertal is currently witnessing.
Scenario 4: “Let me change one more variable. It is a group of militant Muslims who have declared Sharia Law in this town in Germany, and they are saying it is against God's law and Sharia Law and you will not violate by going to drink, gamble, using the night clubs, dancing…”
“This is what happened with the Brownshirts… The only reason why everybody did the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is because you were beaten on the street if you didn't. It was just these guys who claimed to be above the law and everyone was afraid of them,” Glenn concluded. “I told you before, the hatreds of the past are going to come to Europe again. It's already here.”