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Die Presse - Austria | 15/09/2014

Muslim voices against IS lacking

After the murder of a third hostage by the IS the conservative daily Die Presse berates the lack of critical voices from representatives of Islam: "A flood of distancing statements would be to be expected and appropriate - hopefully it is yet to come. Not because Muslims can be accused of any kind of collective guilt but because the IS criminals claim to act in the name of the same prophets whom they worship, because they believe in the same holy book as all peaceful Muslims. ... Naturally no religion is immune to such abuse. Atrocities have been committed in Jesus's name too. And it is in principle imaginable that a terrorist organisation would point to words by Jesus such as 'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword'. Only then a chorus of Christian theologists would deny this and explain why this can't and shouldn't be interpreted in this way."

Die Presse - Austria | 18/02/2011

German defence minister debases doctorate

The German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg inserted passages from other texts into his doctoral dissertation without citing the sources as required. A doctorate must serve the interests of research and not just one's personal career, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: "Why bother thinking independently, or even writing sentences of your own, if what you write isn't going to interest anyone in just a matter of weeks? Such an attitude of disdain must not be allowed to prevail. Writing a dissertation does not have to be synonymous with carrying out a bothersome chore. For that reason those who uncovered this affair must be thanked, as pedantic and whistle-blowing as they may seem. They work to ensure that dissertations are of value, and that the time spent on them is not wasted. And they help prevent universities from becoming insipid teaching institutes where a little research is done on the side. That is much more important than missing quotation marks. But these clearly serve as a very good indicator of where things are going wrong."

Die Presse - Austria | 05/01/2010

Can God and Allah coexist?

According to a court in Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Catholics may use the word "Allah" to designate the Christian God. In its ruling the court declared unconstitutional the government's decree that the Catholic weekly The Herald may not translate "God" as "Allah". The daily Die Presse welcomes the judgement: "Just as the jealous protection of the name 'Allah' stands for a restrictive form of Islam (such as in Malaysia), a harmonious coexistence of God's names could be an indication for the peaceful coexistence of confessions. Such a coexistence was still prevalent in the Balkans at the dawn of the 20th century. In his work Der Balkan (The Balkans), historian Mark Mazower quotes a Turkish worker as saying: 'Here the Mohammedans are not real Mohammedans, nor the Christians real Christians'. According to Mazower, when asked what religion they belonged to the farmers of Macedonia first  crossed themselves then answered: 'We are Muslims who worship the Virgin Mary.' One shudders to think what consequences a statement like that would have in Malaysia today."

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