Hello and good evening to Tacheles, the most honest and open talk show on German television! My three guests today represent three different religions between which there is constant friction. What the cause of that, we shall find out today. I’m really excited. I welcome Annegret Weiler, vice-chairwoman of the Jewish Central Association; the commited Muslim and ex-member of al-Qaeda, Amina Beldagi; and the Catholic nun, Monika Velten. Hello. Mrs Weiler, you once said, and I quote: “Islam is idiotic; Judaism is much better”.
– What no, I didn’t say that But it says so here. – It doesn’t matter what it says there I didn’t say that. On the contrary, I am committed to the reconciliation of the religions. Uh, what did she say? My translation … She said Islam is bullshit, Jewish stuff is much better. Oh, really? No, I did not say that, never! We’ll leave that open for now. Mrs Beldagi, does Mrs Weiler’s statement not only offend your religion, but also you personally? I didn’t say that, I did not say that. Frau Beldagi? Well, if she said this … It stands here! If she really said that … I didn’t! … than I would feel personally offended because my religion is part of my personality. I think that has made it clear enough for me. A very, very important point: the inseparability of religion and identity. Hello, somebody listen to me: I didn’t say that nonsense. Frau Velten, from a nun’s point of view, is Frau Weiler’s aggressive behaviour typically feminine or typically Jewish? What? But if she didn’t say it..
-Thank you very much, at least one here that is still in her right mind. Frau Beldagi, I think something very, very interesting is happening here: The Catholic, Monika Velten, as soon as we got into a conflict situation here, instinctively took sides with the Jew Annegret Weiler. Does that not reflect the global situation of the three religions? Doubt about Islam? What? I don’t know … – Everyone against Islam . Do you feel that too? Well, yes and no. Ah, Frau Beldagi agrees.
– No, she certainly does not! She is crazy! Frau Weiler, can we please try to remain objective? I should stay objective? Me? Who’s making up things I’ve said here? Wait, wait, maybe the graphics coming in can help us … Aha! 71% of viewers say: Yes, I can imagine that she said that sentence; but only 31% say: No, she didn’t say that sentence. What the hell is this? Besides, my name is not Walter. Frau Beldagi, what does the ex-al-Qaeda member in you say when she sees a graphic like this? This is over 100%. Yeah, that makes it worse. This makes it even more bad. Are you angry now? Do you want to kill her? Like in the old al-Qaida days: You want blood! No! No, No, I’m not al-Qaida any more. But there can’t be more than 100%, there’s something not right. Frau Velten, we’re talking about religion here today, not mathematics! This is a monkey-theater here… Hate and intolerance continue to shape the dialogue between the three great religions. Our little discusion has demonstrated that once again today. A single ill-considered statement by a Jew can result in a Catholic turning her back on her religion and an ex-al-Qaeda memner wanting to kill again. That was Tacheles, see you again soon! Hello, we’ve asked for a champagne three times already. Yes, sorry, it’s really busy, and I’m on my own here. Yes, but frankly that’s not our problem. We’d just like a glass of champagne. Is that possible? Yes. I’ll see to it. I can’t wait …