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The Impotents

So, the other day, an axe-wielding Afghan teenage refugee maniac starts swinging at people on a German train. He wounded four people before police shot him dead. Police searching his living quarters found a hand-painted ISIS flag.

What’s the response from some German authorities? This:

Local authorities are calling for classes on Islam to be brought in at schools across the country after a radicalized Muslim youth attacked passengers on a train with an axe on Monday.

“It is appropriate to bring in classes on Islam in state schools or schools overseen by the state,” Gerd Landsberg, head of the association of local councils, told the Rheinische Post on Wednesday.

In this way the state can gain more control over the upbringing of Muslim youths, Landsberg said.

On Monday evening, an attacker whom investigators believe was a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, seriously wounded four people with an axe and is reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) several times.

Terror group Isis later released a video in which the youth made threats in Pashto while holding a knife.

Senior figures in the church had already called at the end of May for Islam classes to become compulsory at schools.

The head of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, said that religious education was the best way to immunize Muslim youths against the dangers of Islamist fundamentalism.

Where would Germany be without the wisdom and leadership of Senior Figures In The Church? But seriously, this kind of thing is why the German commenter here who blogs under the name German Reader is so hostile to the church in his country.

I spoke with a French friend this week, asking him what his take on the situation in his country is, post-Nice. It was extremely grim. He reports that the country is very much on edge, spiritually exhausted, and losing faith in the authorities’ ability to protect them. The problem of radicalization of France’s large Muslim population is overwhelming. He predicts violent conflict in the near future. And he has bought a gun for protection.

When a middle-class, middle-aged Frenchman decides it’s time to buy a gun out of fear of what’s coming next, you know things are bad. Maybe if France only had mandatory Islam classes in its schools, that would take care of everything. Has no one thought to ask Senior Figures In The French Church for their advice?

Via Ed West, who says:

UPDATE:Via The Daily Mail, here’s a transcript of the video the dead terrorist left behind:

I am one of the soldiers of the Islamic Caliphate, and I am going to conduct an attack in Germany.

It is about time to stop you from coming to our homes, killing our families, and getting away with it.

Our apostate politicians have never tried to stop you, and Muslims have never been able to fight you back or even speak against what you do. But these times are gone now.

With the Islamic Caliphate now instated in Iraq, the Levant, Khorasan, Libya and Yemen, its soldiers will be able to attack and slaughter you in your homelands, and they will take your nations as homes and military bases for them.

They will also target you wherever you are, in every village, city or airport. And I here warn you, that the Islamic Caliphate is now powerful enough to target your parliaments, and I am the proof of how powerful it became.

I have been living with you all the time while planning an attack that will be stronger than the Paris attacks that continue to horrify you to this day.

I will keep fighting you as long as I am alive, I will slaughter you with this knife, and I will decapitate you with an axe.

And to the Muslims all over the world, I say: ‘How long are you going to remain that passive. The Islamic Caliphate is now well established, so this is the time to declare your loyalty to the Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdady, and to migrate to Khorasan as well as the other Islamic State cities.

‘There are also Islamic State cities all over the world, so if you can’t go to the Levant (Sham), then start killing all of the apostate armies in your countries.’

He was not known to habituate the local mosque in Germany. Plainly, adding Islam classes to German school curricula would nip this kind of unpleasantness in the bud. (/sarcasm)

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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