This initiative is supported and financed by many people. At the forefront stands the German lawyer and author Seyran Ates, who has kicked off a broad debate on integration and Islam in Germany with her books (among others, the bestseller The Multiculturalism Fallacy). She advocates a peaceful, equitable and, above all, reformed Islam, far away from violence and outdated structures.
A team of activists, critics, lateral thinkers, lawyers and experts who want to carry the same political message out into the world has gathered around Seyran Ateş: yes to a peaceful joint Europe, no to extremists!
Dr. Sebastian Reimer
Sebastian Reimer is a lawyer with a doctorate and a software developer. He helped bring innovative projects to fruition – such as the Electronic health record – with his expertise in constitutional and Union law. As an employee of the Constitutional Service of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, he was able to acquire five years of intensive practice in the area of basic rights after his studies. In 2010, he founded Intelligent Law und Internet Applications, a company where the exactitude of programming and the abstract thinking of legislation enable entirely new approaches.
The conflict and mediation consultant Efgani Dönmez, a former member of the Austrian Federal Council, is one of Austria‘s warning voices on adherence to basic rights and human rights and has been active in social work and caring for refugees and migrants for many years. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Science for Social Work and is also active as a business consultant.
These supporters have declared themselves willing to stand by us with their names and their expertise. The list is updated and extended on an ongoing basis.
Mouhanad Khorchide, sociologist and Islamic scholar
“If you listen carefully to the arguments with which especially young people are being recruited for extremist milieus, the message is: the West is not exporting any democratic values, but rather arms and war. All of us, Muslims and non-Muslims, are challenged by extremism. The borders don’t run according to religious affiliation; they are much more a division between extremists and peace-loving people. This is why I am optimistic: there will now be an arousal of humanist Islam.”
Ahmad Mansour, psychologist and author
“Various levels play a role in clarification for radicalisation and terror. We have to talk about sociological and psychological factors, but also about the underlying ideologies. There is an Islamist ideology which is very widespread with Muslims even in Germany. What I mean is, for example, a rejection of Western culture, the demonisation of our fundamental rights, specific victim and enemy images that are widespread. The Muslim community is also challenged. It has to conduct a debate within Islam in order to offer young people an understanding of Islam that does not offer any basis for Islamists to construct their radical ideology. They have to find a way to a democratic, humanist Islam that stands behind human rights without any ifs and buts.”
Saida Keller Messahli, human rights activist
“We are aware that what right-wing extremists would like best is to get rid of us all. However, unfortunately it’s often only right-wingers who address unacceptable issues, even if other intentions are often behind this. For me, however, extreme right-wing ideology is just as totalitarian as that of the Islamist. They are mutually dependent.”