Austria defends new law on foreign funding of mosques

“I‘m not surprised by the criticism from President Erdoğan. This was to be expected,” Kurz said. “In our opinion, imams should be role models for young Muslims and must show that it is possible to be a proud Austrian and a believing Muslim at the same time and so there will be no need for Turkish imams in the future.

“And this is maybe the point why Erdoğan is so critical about our Islam law. At the moment we have more than 60 imams from Turkey and in the future we will have our own Austrian imams,” Kurz said. “It will not be possible in the future to have imams employed by the Turkish government.”

  • Ultimately, all mosques will have to be closed in the West, or there will only be mosques in the West. There are no moderate imams, because all imams of necessity promote the Koran and the Sharia, and these are not moderate but instruments of totalitarian takeover and dominion of the world by Islam.

    • Censored_often

      Hear, hear! This step taken by the Austrian government is a logical first step since a great many/all imams, like Muslims themselves, are proxy representatives of foreign governments trained to implement the totalitarian doctrine of Islam.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Avi and Censored, let’s hope this is Phase One of a much larger straegy. But I doubt it.

  • Brett_McS

    “imams […] must show that it is possible to be a proud Austrian and a believing Muslim”. Easy peasy.

    • Censored_often

      It’ll be as easy as listening to Mozart or the Sound of Music. Or not?

    • tom_billesley

      Some Austrians had shared interests with mahometans.
      Aribert Heim and Alois Brunner are examples.

  • Clinton

    Perhaps Austria in particular and the West in general could take the Turks
    seriously if Turkey practiced what it preached. The Turkish government
    forced the closure of the only Turkish Orthodox Christian seminary at Halki
    back in 1971, has made it mandatory that any future Patriarch of Constantinople
    must be a Turkish citizen, and instituted a policy of harassment and
    discrimination that has reduced the ancient Orthodox Christian population
    of Istanbul from approximately 100,000 fifty years ago to about 3,000 today.

    The Turkish government is a pack of hypocrites.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Hypocrisy and islam go together. They’re a pair. You can’t have one without the other.

      • Exile1981

        Well you can have Hypocrisy with out islam but Islam always includes hypocrisy.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    Europe has partly itself to thank for this mess because clergy should never be paid by the government, or any government, in any event. In Europe they often ARE!

    On the contrary, all such arrangements should be ended shortly.

    The discovery that a person who claims to be a member of the clergy is receiving funds or the equivalent from a foreign *government* should cause the individual in question to be classified as a political operative.

    If not a citizen, their activities should be monitored. That’s not discrimination; it is only prudent.

    From a Western perspective, what distinguishes religion from politics is that religions say/should say: “My kingdom is not of this world.” That is a key reason governments should not, in principle, control religion. Should act only when personalc safety may be at risk – with “personal safety”NARROWLY construed.

    If someone says his religion IS of this world, he is a rival to lawfully constituted government, and should be treated a such. – Denyse O’Leary from Ottawa

  • moraywatson

    Keep your friends close, and your imams closer.