Anti-Islam Party Politician Resigns, Converts to Islam

Arthur Wagner a far-right German politician converts to Islam./Ph

According to The Guardian, Wagner is considered the first member of the AfD to have converted to Islam after joining the party, but according to the party's spokesperson, there have been Muslim members in the group.

A German far-right politician who is known for its virulent anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stance has resigned from party after converting to Islam.

In an email, spokesman Daniel Friese said it was only after Wagner's resignation that the party learned of his conversion.

Arthur Wagner resigned from his position on the party's national executive committee two weeks ago for "personal reasons", Deutsche Welle reports, but he has stepped down after converting to Islam. "Only afterwards was it known that he had converted to Islam", Friese told Reuters.

Suddenly far-right officials stress in public religion is very much a "private matter". He told the German newspaper Tagesspiel that his conversion was "my business", refusing to comment beyond that.

Wagner previously had a leadership post in the eastern state of Brandenburg.

The homepage of AfD Brandenburg reads: "Islam does not belong to Germany for us". Polling at 14 percent, the AfD is only four points adrift from the second biggest party in Germany-the Social Democrats, Politico reported. But he insisted that the AfD had not pressured him to leave its ranks. Arnoud van Doorn had been a member of the nationalist Dutch Freedom Party, led by anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders, but renounced the party to take up the Islamic faith. He left the party on January 11, AfD chairman Andreas Kalbitz wrote in a, adding the decision came as a surprise. Frauke Petry, a former AfD head who was considered a moderate, argued in 2015 that officers should shoot migrants or refugees entering Germany, if necessary. Some of the ads had a picture of a pig with the caption, "Islam?"

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