I can’t imagine what a so-called "Gastarbeiter" must think when he hears a discussion like that. Just imagine being a Muslim, living and working 40 years in Germany and feel like part of a society and then read in the papers that you are tolerated but not accepted because of your religion. Would you like to work overtime? Would you join clubs? Would you participate in social happenings? I don't think so. No one should be just tolerated.
Okay, I agree that Muslims occupy a poor position in the media presently. Al Qaida, the Islamic State, Boko Haram do not help and the way women are often treated along with human rights in general in Islamic countries do not set positive examples for a peaceful Islam. The recent murders in Paris push people already anxious about Muslims over the edge.
In Germany some people do feel like the West and especially German society will be Islamized. Some of these recently founded P.E.G.I.D.A., meaning Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the occident. They want to stop the building of Mosques, ban headscarves and they think that the Muslims they have lived with for more than 40 years will introduce Sharia law in Germany.
I won't say that these people are stupid or hateful, they aren't. They are just afraid because they heard a lot about "Islamic terrorism" in the media and think that this will happen in Germany too. They just want to be safe and that is where they begin to make mistakes. They generalize the Muslim and their areas of origin as violent and hateful so they believe that every Muslim will commit the acts of terror that happen in "their name".
However, Islam has nothing to do with terror, so terrorists can never do anything in the name of Islam. The terrorists who killed the Charlie Hebdo journalists are nothing but murderers. They don't act in the name of those one billion peaceful Muslims worldwide.
I met an Arab teenager two days ago and he told me that he always feels guilty for the things that terrorists do. I asked him why he does and he said to me that he has to justify himself for having the same religion as a terrorist. "I never felt a difference between me and my German friends,” he said, “but all of a sudden, they (the terrorists) found a way to separate us. We live together in one country. I was born here. I went to Kindergarten here and I'll also finish school here. I have nothing to do with Arabia, I’ve never been there," he continued.
There is great restraint by people in Germany because they're afraid. I think we need to be more enlightened, have a little bit of curiosity and more hospitality. In 2006, while the soccer World Cup was taking place in Germany, the slogan was "The world hospitable to friends"... what happened?