The main complaint made by Christian Thielemann, in a carefully-coded Pegida bombshell article, is that German politicians are refusing to address the concerns of German citizens.
The conductor accuses his country’s leaders of elitism and hypocrisy.
In one telling quote, he flings an Angela Merkel quote back in the face of the Chancellor:
Der Islam gehört zu Deutschland? Warum nicht. Vielleicht gehört das Christentum ja irgendwann zur Türkei und das Judentum zur arabischen Welt. Solange dies nicht der Fall ist, müssten wir allerdings sagen dürfen, dass es nicht der Fall ist, ohne als faschistoid, rechtspopulistisch oder intolerant zu gelten.
So Islam belongs in Germany. Why not? Perhaps Christianity also belongs in Turkey and Judaism in the Arab world. So long as that is not the case, however, we ought to be allowed to say it is not the case without being called quasi-Fascist, rightwing-populist, or intolerant.
Thielemann’s article was published on Thursday in Die Welt.
Not a squeak has been heard about it in other German media, or from any leading politician. No letter have appeared in the press.
Thielemann has made his point.
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