'Islam does not belong in Germany'

German Interior Minister says Islam doesn't belong in Germany - but the Muslims in Germany do belong.

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Horst Seehofer
Horst Seehofer

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told local media that Islam "is not part of Germany," despite the fact that it has a place in Germany.

Seehofer, who was appointed on March 14, also promised to work to change his country's immigration policies and to expel those who were denied asylum but remain in Germany illegally.

In an interview with Germany's Bild, Seehofer said, "Islam does not belong in Germany. Germany is shaped by Christianity. That means not working on Sundays and celebrating religious holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas."

"Of course the Muslims who live with us belong in Germany. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our national traditions and customs."

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "We want an Islam based on the constitution and compliant with constitutional law. I think we must do everything we can to allow religions to live together in peace."