As both Der Spiegel and the Telegraph report, the latest of the weekly 'public witness' gatherings in Dresden has grown to over 17,000 people from around 10,000 a few weeks ago. This week they gathered to sing carols, much to the disgust of the State Opera and and the Protestant Church. Germany doesn't quite know how to handle the peaceful convocation against the Islamicisation of German society that draws support from all social classes and which has sprung up in Dresden, a city that actually has a low immigrant population compared with many other cities in Germany. And just so long as they affirm their love of national identity rather than any hatred towards Moslem immigrants they present the German State with an insoluble problem.
Regular readers will know this blog's much repeated caution, that immigration isn't the fault of immigrants. The scale of immigration to the UK is primarily the fault of politicians and the political class, many of whom are no more than well-meaning idiots still blind to the consequences of their actions. As Der Spiegel reports, the governor of Saxony has urged Dresden that Saxons 'should not have walls in their heads and that they should be open and curious about experiencing enrichment'. The Saxon State Opera switched its lights off and displayed the messages 'Open Doors' and 'Human dignity is sacrosanct'. The Protestant bishop of Saxony has accused the carol singers of exploiting Christianity.
Western liberals have a huge problem with Islam. As Nick Cohen - not normally one of my favoured commentators - writes in Standpoint (Hat Tip Greg Tingey), our liberalism has allowed Birmingham schools to become madrassas and has allowed the mass-abuse of vulnerable teenage girls. Some 'enrichment'. It takes some care and attention to the nuances of creeping Islamicisation to halt its advance.
If you have fifteen minutes, listen to the first segment of this Woman's Hour podcast. Baroness Cox debates with Sharia law advocate and UK solicitor Aina Khan the principles of applying Sharia law in parallel with UK law. Aina Khan is a sensible, liberal, responsible Muslim trying hard to change UK legal systems to accommodate Islamic practice - under which a widow gets nothing, and male children get everything, when a man dies. She counters by explaining that in Islamic societies this is fair because the son then has the duty of looking after the widowed mother and his sisters. Khan is not evil, not a terrorist, nor is her objective to undermine our traditional society, its laws and way of life - yet that is exactly what she is doing in trying to introduce Sharia to the UK. Liberals who support it seem content to ignore the alien sex discrimination inherent in Sharia.
And this is the debate now in train. Liberals see it as unfair and unjust that Moslems should not be able to re-model European society to reflect their faith - the ordinary people of Germany in convocation on the streets of Dresden, whilst they have no hostility or animus towards Moslems, believe that Islam should not change German national heritage, but adapt to it.
And as long as love for our nations, and not hatred for the outsider, governs our talk and our writing we can keep this time of change on an even keel.
With great thanks and appreciation to all readers of Raedwald, I'm now taking a break for a few days. May you all have a very merry Christmas.