The Ministers of Interior of two German states recently adopted important measures aimed at containing radical Islam. They deserve particular attention in the Western world.
In Baden-Wurttemberg, Heribert Rech decided to apply a loyalty test on the candidates who were applying for citizenship. Such test included 30 areas in order to show that the applicants supported Germany’s free constitutional and democratic structure. Sometimes the test would be followed by interviews in case some questions are raised. Half of the applicants who take the test are expected to go later through interviews. The proposed questions are the summary of the Western values. They are about democracy, relationship with religion, perception of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and women and homosexual rights. The applicants who pass the test can obtain the citizenship, but they can lose it if their further actions do not comply with their “correct” answers. Germany is not an isolated case. In Ireland, men who are granted Irish citizenship have to swear they will marry only one woman.
In Lower Saxony, the Minister of Interior, Uwe Schünemann, feels that the Islamic people should wear electronic armbands that would enable to watch the “nearly 3 000 Islamic persons willing to undertake violent actions”. The same method is used in Great Britain or Australia. The plan is aimed at a full electronic control of the Islamic population. Also possible is the taping of their conversations, the filming of their activities, and the supervision of their ordinary and electronic mail.
_ In order to do that, Rech y Schünemann suggested two audacious tactics to defend the West. Both of them are based on the fact that culture and ideas are the real battle field. I welcome their creativity and courage. Who will be next in adapting and later adopting such initiatives?

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Two Germans vs. Islamism”, by Daniel Pipes, New York Sun, January 3, 2005.
German Immigration Gets Tough with Islamists”, FrontPage Magazine, January 3, 2005.