German president calls for religious understanding at mosque visit
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeyer visited a mosque in the Southern town of Penzberg on Monday, where he called for greater respect and understanding berween religions. He called for more religious unity and tolerance at a time where polarization and hatred in society is increasing.
The head of the German state also praised the Islamic community in the town but also praised the people of Penzberg for embracing the Islamic community with respect and openness.
He hoped that Penzberg could be a model for many communities in the future. This represents an important message in a time of rising islamphobia and right wing politicresulting in more than 100 mosques and religious institutions being attacked in 2018.