One small baby step in a long line of adult steps to go.
Trying to reverse the spreading of Islam 101 in the modern age. It’s just one step, but this is not the 16th century, you simply can’t post guards on the boundaries of the state and hope to contain the deadly strain.
New Austrian law ‘combats Islamization’
Published: 25 Feb 2015 18:10 GMT+01:00
The text aims to promote what conservative Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz calls an “Islam of European character” by muting the influence of foreign Muslim nations and organizations, and offering Austrian Muslims a mix of increased rights and obligations in practising their faith in the central European country.
But the law has generated opposition from several quarters, including Austrian Muslim groups that call it “discrimination” – because it imposes restrictions on Islam that other religions aren’t saddled with.
Turkey’s leading Muslim cleric, Mehmet Gormez, has decried the bill as “a 100-year regression,” arguing that no complaints have ever been lodged about the fact that Turkey funds many imams in Austria.
Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, meantime, mocked the bill as a “placebo” at a time when estimates suggest around 200 people from Austria — including women and minors — have gone to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist militias like Islamic Front.
The two-year-old bill passed by parliament on Wednesday predates the recent jihadist violence in France and Denmark but is designed to “clearly combat” the growing influence of radical Islam, Kurz said.
The new law will be studied by Austria’s neighbours.