Consequent scepticism towards DITIB, which directly reflects on the lives of the youth, has become commonplace in Germany.
Susanne Schroeter has shared her scepticism and critique of DITIB, especially concerning Turkish-speaking Imams, the sense of belonging to "the fatherland Turkey", and anti-Semitic sentiment.
"While BDAJ started its activities for the youth in 1994, DITIB began its activities for the youth in 2009.
"DITIB is used to spread the Turkish government's message in Germany," Ole Schroeder, deputy interior minister and a member of Merkel's conservatives, told Reuters.
Politicians from right and left want DITIB's influence curbed, and many, including Schroeder, are calling for the group to stop importing clerics who are trained in Istanbul.
The chairman of the Frankfurt chapter of the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) thanked the Consul General for her visit and expressed a strong interest in contacts with the Muslim community in the United States.
Gonca Aydin, a Turkish theologian who is responsible for interreligious dialogue with Ditib, the U.S.
The proposed new mosque, in addition to being the country's largest, would also house the national headquarters of the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB
The German Bild daily's use of the photo of the Central Mosque in Cologne, which is run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB
) in an article that relates mosques in Germany with terror funding drew criticism on social media.
The mosque is run by DITIB
, a Turkish-German Islamic umbrella association that has come under fire for being too close to Erdogan, who has been criticised by the German government for his leadership style.
Nonetheless, after the controversy captured the attention of the national and international media, the city council approved the building of the mosque, and the DITIB, the Turkish religious organization in charge of raising the funds, began the process of collecting the US$20 million necessary for its building.
See DITIB Turkisch-Islamische Union der Anstalt fur Religion e.V.