When Muslims become too secular for comfort

A crucifix in a German classroom

THERE’S AN OLD SAYING that you should be careful what you wish for because you might actually get it. Germany’s ruling conservative Christian Democratic Party got what it thought it wanted in the form of a young, female, independently-minded, and above all Muslim minister of social affairs in the state of Lower Saxony. But now that their dream candidate is starting to talk about actual policy, some party members are starting to feel as if they’re getting a lot more than they bargained for.

38-year-old Aygül Özkan was born toTurkish parents in Hamburg. She studied law and worked for some large-scale telecommunications companies before joining the CDU and running for the Hamburg state parliament in 2008, where she soon assumed major functions for her party. On April 19 of this year…



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