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Austrian action against radical Islam branded ‘Islamophobic’

Austrian action against radical Islam branded ‘Islamophobic’

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, above, has angrily reacted to reports that Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 imams.

Kalin said the move was the result of an “Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave” in Austria and was an attempt to target Muslim communities for political gains.

He tweeted:

The Austrian government’s ideologically charged practices are in violation of universal legal principles, social integration policies, minority rights and the ethics of co-existence. Efforts to normalise Islamophobia and racism must be rejected under all circumstances.

Head of the People’s Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz and his girlfriend Susanne Thier leave the presidential office after he was sworn in as Austrian Chancellor in Vienna, Austria, on December 18, 2017. Aged 31, he is Europe’s youngest leader (REUTERS Photo).

Reuters reported today (Friday) that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference that:

Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalising tendencies have no place in our country.

In a previous job as minister in charge of integration, Kurz oversaw the passing of a tough “law on Islam” in 2015, which banned foreign funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim societies to have:

A positive fundamental view towards (Austria’s) state and society.

Austria’s coalition government, an alliance of conservatives and the far right, came to power soon after Europe’s migration crisis on promises to prevent another influx and clamp down on benefits for new immigrants and refugees.

Austria, a country of 8.8 million people, has roughly 600,000 Muslim inhabitants, most of whom are Turkish or have families of Turkish origin.

One society that runs a mosque in Vienna and is influenced by the “Grey Wolves”, a Turkish nationalist youth group, would be shut down for operating illegally, the government said in a statement.

An Arab Muslim group that runs at least six mosques would also be shut down, it added.

“This is just the beginning,” far-right Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache told the news conference held by four cabinet members.

The ministers said up to 60 imams belonging to ATIB, a Muslim group close to the Turkish government, could be expelled from the country or have visas denied on grounds of receiving foreign funding.

A government handout put the number at 40, of whom 11 were under review and two had already received a negative ruling.

7 responses to “Austrian action against radical Islam branded ‘Islamophobic’”

  1. Johan says:

    Sensible. Very sensible. Muslims don’t want to integrate they want to encroach, outbreed and then control.

  2. L.Long says:

    They will integrate with Australia just as they did in Pakistan … kill lots of people and take over … if given a chance! And that is not isLame-0-phobia…its called looking at history!

  3. John the Drunkard says:

    Opportunistic anti-immigrant racism exists in the same world as reasonable opposition to Jihadi imperialism.

    Too bad we can’t seem to disentangle them.

  4. Walt says:

    Erdogan and his islamic werewolves are playing the racist card now. Islam … the shit stain in the underpants of the world.

    The rest of Europe would do well to emulate the Austian lead.

    And dont forget that even if you kuffars wanted to visit Mecca you cannot … you are barred. Thats how open and accomodating islam is.

  5. AJ says:

    Has Merkel okayed this?

  6. Cali Ron says:

    I despise Islam same as I despise all religions, but this approach will only enable them playing the persecution card. It will also tend to drive the religion underground where it is more likely to be radicalized and make it harder to keep track of problematic Muslims. Historically this approach has never worked and appears to be a Trumpian move, playing to the RW political base for political gain. It’s fun messing with the muslims, but ultimately only adds to the conflict and resolves nothing.

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