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Far-right AfD member converted to Islam in protest at acceptance of gay marriage in the church

A politician from the nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD) who shocked colleagues by converting to Islam says he did so because he was unhappy with the church’s acceptance of gay marriage.

Arthur Wagner made headlines around the world last week after it emerged that he had become a Muslim.

The AfD, which last year became the first nationalist party to win seats in the German parliament since the sixties, campaigns on an openly anti-Muslim platform. One of its elections slogans was “Islam has no place in Germany.”

But to the dismay of party colleagues, Mr Wagner now says he wants to remain in the party and build bridges with between German Muslims and mainstream society.

The 48-year-old, who has changed his name to Ahmad, initially refused to comment when his conversion became public last week.

But he came forward in an interview to explain his decision in an interview with Bild newspaper.

“One of the reasons was the way the church has changed, which I don’t understand any more,” Mr Wagner, who was previously a devout Christian and member of his local Protestant church said.

“It’s their attitudes to the AfD, to gay marriage,” he said. He also said he was unhappy that Protestant pastors had taken part in a gay rights parade in Berlin. “With children there! That’s just not right,” he said.

A German citizen of Russian heritage, Mr Wagner said he decided to convert to Islam as long ago as 2015, during a visit to the Russian city of Ufa, home to a large Muslim Tatar community.

Remarkably, that means he was campaigning for the AfD’s anti-Muslim message for several years after deciding to become a Muslim.

He converted last October but kept it secret at first because he didn’t know what to say to his party colleagues.

He says he has received threatening letters since his conversion became public. “I get letters telling me to get out of Germany before I start making bombs,” he said.

He resigned as deputy leader of a local AfD chapter in his home state of Brandenburg but says he wants to remain in the party.

“I learned he’d become Muslim in the newspaper. I’m really disappointed,” Kai Berger, the head of the local party chapter said. “A lot of our members expect him to leave the AfD, but unfortunately we can’t expel him.”

Arthur/Ahmad Wagner, The Telegraph 9 Comments [7/10/2018 11:23:14 AM]
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Kanna

...and if you don't find a religion that hates all the same things that you do, you can start your own. Religion is infinitely flexible, because it boils down to "I believe".

7/10/2018 11:45:05 AM

heleninedinburgh

Nutters gonnae nut.

7/10/2018 12:04:08 PM

K

So he was 'devout' until the church took a certain political stance.
Can you really say 'devout' if your hatred of gays is more important than the actual religion?

7/10/2018 12:07:17 PM

Passerby

@ Kanna

Well said.

7/10/2018 12:31:41 PM

The Angry Dybbuk

Can you really say 'devout' if your hatred of gays is more important than the actual religion?


Not really, but you can say, 'hypocrite.'

7/10/2018 2:30:25 PM

Anon-e-moose

A lot of our members expect him to leave the AfD, but unfortunately we can’t expel him


Quite the paradox for you lot. But then, you rightists started eating each other way before now. No wonder you're... what's the word now? Oh yes, that's right: Degenerating.

The word Schadenfreude springs to mind.

7/10/2018 3:18:46 PM

Citizen Justin

It was pretty much inevitable that the extreme righters who aren't already Christian fundies would try 'the other option'. There was a neo-Nazi who killed his two friends after converting to Islam, and the Daily Stormer's advocated 'White Sharia'.

I mean, if you want to look dangerous and extreme, being a fascist is so passe. People laugh at fascists. They aren't laughing so much about jihadis.

7/10/2018 7:32:48 PM

Dunbaratu

When the far right complains about Islam being a big danger to the west, the things they complain about are the *very same* things the far right advocates for *themselves*, and they fail to notice how they're more alike than they'd care to admit.

7/10/2018 8:37:58 PM

Titania

OK then, if you're a Muslim now, guess they hate the same people you do. Strange bedfellows indeed.

7/12/2018 1:14:36 AM

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