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Spending time with Muslim immigrants changed Arthur Wagner's view of Islam
26 January 2018, 02:39 | Kara Nash
A German far-right politician resigns after converting to Islam
Arthur Wagner, a German politician from the far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD), has resigned and converted to Islam, according to a party spokesman.
Wagner's conversion to Islam is a positive sign of religious liberty that shouldn't be shunned away by any political party, nor frowned upon by any citizen of Germany, for that matter. "Only afterwards was it known that he had converted to Islam", Friese was quoted by Reuters.
A German far-right politician who is known for its virulent anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stance has resigned from party after converting to Islam.
An anti-immigration and anti-Muslim political party in Germany just saw one of its own more prominent members leave the party and convert to Islam.
"Religion is a private issue". Wagner himself has not commented on his conversion, and he did not respond to requests for an interview from The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Wanger joined the AfD in 2015 and was a member of the Brandenburg committee responsible for religious communities and activities.
Far-right - one of the AfD's election slogans was: "Islam doesn't belong in Germany".
The party also once proposed the banning of new mosques being constructed in the nation. It is now the largest opposition party in Parliament, with the two biggest parties - the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats - again looking to form a coalition. But he insisted that the AfD had not pressured him to leave its ranks.
He recently stepped down from his role for what he claims are unrelated reasons, although he remains a member of the party. He left the party on January 11, AfD chairman Andreas Kalbitz wrote in a, adding the decision came as a surprise.
It argued that increasing the number of Muslims in the country was a danger to Germany's state, society and values. Some of the ads had a picture of a pig with the caption, "Islam?"
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