German nationalist politician converts to Islam, quits post

Marie Harrington
January 26, 2018

Speaking to the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, he confirmed that he has converted to Islam, but refused to divulge the circumstances surrounding his decision to convert. "Only afterwards was it known that he had converted to Islam", Friese told Reuters.

Before joining the anti-Islam, anti-immigration party, he was a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).

Arthur Wagner, a member of AfD's legislative committee in the state of Brandenburg, resigned his post two weeks ago citing personal reasons, according to the party.

"Religion is a private issue". "I also do not think it is a problem for the majority in the party".

The AfD, which is the third largest party in the Bundestag, gained notoriety for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, including the slogan "Islam has no place in Germany".

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Originally formed as an anti-euro party in 2013, the AfD in recent times, has campaigned aggressively on an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam platform.

Wagner was first elected as an AfD representative in 2015 and was a member of the state committee responsible for churches and religious communities.

Making plain that he hadn't stepped down because of his new religious affiliation, Wagner said that "there was no pressure" and that "it has not changed anything". Party officials denied the developments were related and said Wagner still holds another, lower-profile post. But he insisted that the AfD had not pressured him to leave its ranks. Its political manifesto also includes various anti-Islam references. "We have taken note of this development not without surprise", wrote Andreas Kalbitz, the AfD's regional head, before echoing previous remarks it was up to Wagner to make this decision.

"The growing Islamisation of Germany poses an urgent challenge for its public and state order, cultural identity and the internal peace of our country", Gauland said.

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