In a case from Königs Wusterhausen in Brandenburg, Germany, two childminders rejected a toddler because the parents are AfD supporters.
Serena and Peter Nimmrich were looking for a day mother for their one year old son. The couple found a centre on the internet and contacted two women who appeared to be jointly caring for children.
When initiating day care of a child, it is common practice that the parents first schedule a personal meeting in order to get to know each other better.
But that did not happen in this case. After the initial contact, the Nimmrich family received a cancellation message via SMS, as reported by the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung (MAZ).
On the message it said the day-care mothers has some difficulties with some of the Facebook entries of Nimmrichs. Apparently, the two women had meanwhile checked via Facebook what the political views of the couple were. The two are AfD followers, but they are not party members.
“We are both politically different and have great abdominal pain,” the two childminders claimed when the parents expressed their shock with the rejection. Getting to know each other therefore makes little sense. “We still wish you much success in the search,” the two disingenuously remarked at the end of their message.
Meanwhile, the family has an appointment with another childminder, in which apparently either shares the political sentiment of the parents or believes that it should have no effect on the willingness to look after their toddler.
The Nimmrichs have now changed their Facebook account to “private”, so that in future only “Facebook friends” can read their posts.
However, the couple pointed out to the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung that they have never published any racist or right-wing extremist content.
The childminders did not want to comment on the case, but hinted that they now regard their text message as a mistake. However, this is more likely due to the media hype, than to their better insight.
Being a childminder is a lucrative sideline and is supervised by the local youth welfare office. A prerequisite for this responsible activity is the professional and character-related suitability of the applicants.
In the current case, the two women appear not to be suitable for the position. Anyone who makes the care of a toddler dependent on the political views of their parents reveals an understanding of free thought that simply disqualifies them for this activity.
Thus, the Office for Children, Youth and Family of the district of Dahme-Spreewald, which should be responsible in this case, has to have a serious conversation with the two childminders, which should ideally lead to the termination of their activity.
Such incidents do not bode well for Germany. Having to place the Facebook account on “private” is nothing more than an externally imposed restriction of the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression.
And while citizens are being discriminated against because they support one of the largest constitutionally recognized political parties, the Bavarian government wants to punish “hate and incitement” against minorities and foreigners on the Internet with up to five years in prison.
“Insults are because of the anonymity of the Internet often more uninhibited, have a greater range and are virtually impossible to get out of the world,” said Justice Minister Georg Eisenreich (CSU) in his draft for a corresponding federal law to the news agency dpa. One must “adapt the criminal law to this development”.
In the case of insults, there should accordingly be a maximum sentence of two years instead of one year, and for slandering three are planned instead of one year. For hate speech the Munich CSU politician wants a maximum of five instead of two years in prison.
“Our constitutional state must defend itself against the increasing spread of hate and hate with all determination,” demanded Eisenreich. Those who want to effectively combat extremism must “start with words”.
Eisenreich even goes beyond the initiative of Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD), who had initiated the fight against “hate speech”. Eisenreich emphasized: “I do not want to adjust criminal law only in the fight against hate speech. Also, as far as cyberbullying and incitement are concerned against persons who are in public life, the criminal law must be toughened.”
Increasingly, minorities, foreigners and mainstream politicians have “become the target of hatred and hate,” Eisenreich said. “This leads to an unacceptable poisoning of the social and political climate in our country.”
According to the Bavarian application racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic or inhumane insults are to be prosecuted in the future without criminal charges. “The prosecutor must have the right to prosecute without a criminal complaint, as long as the victim does not contradict it,” the minister demanded.
A flood of such negative comments on the Internet that Eisenreich would like to punish more severely, are likely to follow in the wake of the latest rape of a young girl. Criminal police in Biberach, Wuerttemberg arrested three men on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl. They are said to have made the victim defenseless with drugs and then abused her sexually, said the police in Biberach and the prosecutor of Ravensburg on Monday.
The act had already occurred on the late evening of 12 November. The 14-year-old and younger companion had met with the men first and then made an appointment with them late in the evening. Three of the suspects are said to have picked up the girls at an agreed place and drove them to a garage in a community in the district of Biberach.
There were two more men waiting for the group. According to the latest police findings, they then gave the girls alcohol and narcotics to incapacitate them. While the 13-year-old could prevent a sexual assault, the 14-year-old was raped by three men.
The parents learned about the incident the next day and filed a complaint with the police. The officials said there were initially three, then later five suspects. The competent judge last Wednesday at the request of the prosecutor Ravensburg issued an arrest warrant for a 32-year-old and two 20 and 19-year-old men. They have been detained since then. The other two suspects aged 27 and 34 are at large.
A spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office of Ravensburg confirmed on Monday to Junge Freiheit that two Syrian nationals were involved. Previously, the news portal Schwäbische.de reported on it. The three men were also known to the police because of traffic and theft offenses as well as personal injury, the spokesman told the JF. The other two suspects are not asylum seekers.
The case is the latest in a series of sexual assaults on women by foreign-born men. Last weekend, a 16-year-old girl was raped in Meiningen in southern Thuringia.
In Düsseldorf, officials previously arrested four foreign men who allegedly raped a 22-year-old. Three weeks ago, two foreigners allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old in Chemnitz. In Ulm, the prosecutor are investigating five asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, who allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old girl.