Germany will no longer allow migrants to have multiple wives or child brides, the justice minister has said.
Heiko Maas told German newspaper Bild that no one has the ‘right to place their cultural values or religious beliefs above our laws’.
There has been increased concern over polygamous marriages in the wake of a rise in the number of migrants arriving in Germany, many from Muslim countries.
While polygamy is already banned in Germany, many officials ‘turn a blind eye’ to migrants who arrive in the country with more than one wife, the newspaper reports.
This is also true of forced and underage marriages.
I’ve been focused on Islam lately, in part because of Orlando. I’m not actually sure that Christianity and some types of Islam can exist on the same globe without conflict. Europe is experimenting with mass immigration at precisely the moment that virulent strains of Islam are becoming more aggressive.
Forced and child marriages might only be the tip of the iceberg in the culture war which will grip Europe over the next few decades. I use the word war in its literal sense, while praying that it does not come to that.