Jihad Watch: In Germany, some well-meaning souls, members of an interfaith group, Orient Network, eager to spread the ‘truth” about much-misunderstood Islam to a most unlikely audience, came up with a scheme. They printed questions about Islam, of the Ask-A-Muslim-Anything anodyne variety, on one side of a beer mat, and on the other side gave an internet link where the answer could be found. They took great care to consult with Muslim scholars, who told them what questions to ask, and where to find the “right” Internet site that would supply the answer. They were careful, too, even to use regional dialects, including slang, in what they wrote on the mats, for easier apprehension by their intended audience of beer-drinkers. They then distributed the beer mats to pubs and restaurants. And ever since 2016 they have been doing this, without any objection from a single Muslim, until just now, when in one small town the local Muslims objected to the use of beer mats to provide information about Islam.
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“Under the scheme, beer mats are provided to pubs and restaurants with questions about Islam. On the reverse is an internet link to the answers.
“Rather than using formal German, the beer mats are printed in regional dialect for each city, complete with local slang.
“Typical questions include “Mohammed, what was he like?” and “What is it with Muslims and pork?”
“The scheme has run in a number of German cities since it was first launched in 2016, and the beer mats have been translated into three dialects.“But a bid to introduce it in the small central German town of Maintal, close to Frankfurt, has run into opposition from local Muslims, who say beer mats are an inappropriate way to educate people about a religion that forbids alcohol.
“They could have used postcards, or adverts on the side of a bus. Why did it have to be the pub?” Salih Tasdirek, the head of the local foreigners’ advisory council, told Spiegel magazine.“The local council has defended the scheme. “We wanted to bring big social issues into conversation,” said Verena Strub, the council’s integration officer.“I can understand if someone associates beer mats with alcohol, but not that anyone would associate Islam with alcohol just because the questions are on beer mats.”