December 31, 2005


Muslims to face loyalty test to become German (Kate Conolly, The Daily Telegraph, December 31st, 2005)

Muslims intent on becoming German citizens will have to undergo a rigorous cultural test to gauge their views on subjects ranging from bigamy to homosexuality and honour killings.

In what is believed to be the first test of its kind in Europe, the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has created the two-hour oral exam to test the loyalty of Muslims to Germany.

It is to be taken on top of the standard test for foreigners wishing to become German citizens, which includes language proficiency skills and general knowledge. It also requires applicants to prove they can provide for themselves and their families.[...]

Until now, all applicants have simply had to tick a Yes or No box to answer whether they feel loyalty to Germany or not.

But now they will be quizzed on their attitudes to homosexuality and Western clothing for young women, and whether or not husbands should be allowed to beat their wives.

Other questions covering topics such as bigamy and whether parents should allow their children to participate in school sports, have been classed as "trick questions," meant to catch people off guard.

Dieter Biller of the Foreign Ministry in Stuttgart, the state capital, said the test would help bureaucrats to form opinions as to whether citizenship applicants were suitable or not.

"It covers everything from sexual equality, violence, school sports and religious freedom," he said.

Torquemada would be impressed, but even if they give all the right answers, they still won’t be accepted as Germans.

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 31, 2005 6:51 AM

Just like Torquemada wouldn't accept conversos as Christians.

Posted by: Brandon at December 31, 2005 10:56 AM

School sports?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 31, 2005 11:18 AM

The comparison is inapt. Torquemada, as Brandon points out, targeted Christians, not Jews.

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2005 11:27 AM

The question on school sports will so confuse the terrorists, they will just run away.

Posted by: ept at December 31, 2005 12:27 PM

So now to be a Good German means one has to approve of homosexuality and bigamy and soccer? Well, I guess it's an improvement , for them...

Posted by: at December 31, 2005 1:50 PM

Sure OJ, that explains the mass conversions of Christians to Judaism in Spain during that time.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 31, 2005 2:46 PM

Hmph. And what, EXACTLY, would keep the Muslim from lying through his teeth to the Kaffir?

Posted by: Ptah at January 3, 2006 2:28 PM