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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Thursday, August 7, 2014

Muslims as champion marksmen and chancellors

Mithat Gedik, born in Germany to Turkish parents, won a local championship of the Catholic confederation of sharpshooters, the Historic German Shooting Brotherhood Federation, last month. But then the title of shooting king was withdrawn because he is a Muslim. On Wednesday the Brotherhood decided that he may retain the title but may not participate in the next round of the competition. A bizarre and unnecessary controversy, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau writes: "Religion is always a problem when it leaves its true domain, faith and the Church, and tries to impose its norms on other areas. ... Since the Enlightenment Europe has basically put this claim behind it, but some residues still exist, as we're seeing now. Everything is fine as long as religion remains a private matter - as it did with the marksman Mithat Gedik. His faith never interested anyone in the club until the religious police stepped in. ... This is not just a question of not taking our own biases to extremes: we should let our Muslim compatriots become shooting kings, footballs stars and even federal chancellors."

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