From Islamophobe to Muslim: German politician converts to Islam

Member Of German Nationalist Anti-Islamization Party Resigns After Converting To Islam

A German far-right politician resigns after converting to Islam

A senior member of Germany's far-right "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) has reportedly converted to Islam.

Wagner was a leading member of the AfD in Germany's eastern state of Brandenburg. "Only afterwards was it known that he had converted to Islam", Friese told media.

Far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, saying Islam is incompatible with Germany's constitution and calling for a ban on minarets and the burqa.

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The party said it stood for the constitutional right of religious freedom, regardless of Wagner's conversion, reports Evening Standard.

"Religion is a private matter". "Islam does not belong to Germany", one of its popular slogans read.

Also, the party calls for the dissolution of the Eurozone and opposes what the AfD describes as "the Islamization" of Germany.

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On the party's Brandenburg state committee, Wagner's work focused on churches and faith communities, according to Deutsche Welle. But as other possibilities for a deal with non-AfD parties in parliament have been unsuccessful, the Social Democratic Party has voted to begin coalition talks again.

His previous attitudes about Muslims is likely the reason why it was such a shock to his former party members to hear about his conversion to Islam. But he insisted that the AfD had not pressured him to leave its ranks. It has strongly criticised the German Government's decision to allow more than a million refugees into Germany in 2015.

It argued that increasing the number of Muslims in the country was a danger to Germany's state, society and values.

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Wagner did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN. He left the party on January 11, AfD chairman Andreas Kalbitz wrote in a, adding the decision came as a surprise. Some of the ads had a picture of a pig with the caption, "Islam?"

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