An original translation by Oz-Rita
By Von Axel Richter
Hartmut Demski confessed that a few years ago, the thought would not have come to him. However, at the annual reception by the protestant (Lutherian) parish, the superintendent asked the 140 invited guests to donate towards a muslim “house of god” sic, the one of the Ditib community who planned to build a mosque in Stachelhausen.
“Islam has long since arrived in Remscheid”, the lutherian cleric said. “We should not hide people who want to pray in the backyards”. The theme of the evening, chosen by the parish for the eve of the Reformation day, is fitting, it is Tolerance and is approached from a muslim as from a Christian position..
Prof. Dr. Mouhanad Khorchide, born in Lebanon, is an islam scientist (sic) at the university of Münster and does no longer wish to accept the overused word of tolerance in the sense of accepting/putting up with. “It’s a question of reciprocal recognition and to accept the other as enrichment”, he declared. Prophet mohamed did not want anything else when he, unwelcome, founded a new religion. “It’s not about what is in the birth certificate”, said Khorchide. “It’s about to let the intention of god become reality: Love and compassion”.
Both were missing for a long time from the side of muslims and Christians. Catholics and Protestants too had to go through a “painful learning process”, the second speaker of the evening declared.
Tolerance can only function under the “Dictatorship of Relativism” Professor Dr. Martin Ohst is church historian and teaches at the University of Wuppertal.
“The reformation has taught tolerance to society”, he declared. “People must learn to live together constructively”. The historian had no doubt that this could only be achieved with what Pope Benedikt called “Dictatorship of Relativism”. Professor Ohst formulated it so: “Who regards his own faith, without any sepsis as the only true one, will not achieve a real respect for the faith of others”.