Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Germany: Reaction to the proposed Muslim Holiday in Germany was meant with anger and mockery. "But Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) are markedly cool to the proposal following a failed bid earlier this month to abolish the German Unity Day holiday in a bid to boost the economy. SPD Interior Minister Otto Schily slammed the proposed Muslim holiday as "absurd." Some of moderate Greens members also distanced themselves from the idea. "Nobody would dream of proposing to Saudi Arabia that they should celebrate Pentecost," noted Greens parliamentary leader Katrin Goering-Eckardt. Bild, which is Germany's biggest selling tabloid, splashed the proposed Muslim holiday across its front page. "By the beard of the Prophet - send Trittin into the desert wilderness!" declared the paper on its front page, which included a photo-montage of the minister with a turban and thick beard. "

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