Austrian Government to Shut Down Seven Mosques, Enforce Ban on Foreign-Funded Religious Groups

Jonathan Mizrahi
By Jonathan Mizrahi | June 8, 2018 | 12:56 PM EDT

Austrian mosque (Screenshot)

Austria’s new conservative government has annouced that it will close down seven mosques, marking “just the beginning” of a crackdown on political religious groups in Austria, reports the Daily Mail:

“Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.”


'This is just the beginning,' far-right Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache added.”

In addition to closing mosques, the Austrian Government also plans to more strictly enforce a law passed in 2013 that bans foreign-funding of religious groups. The move, Kurz says, is an attempt to curb, radicalized, political Islam in Austria:

"'Political Islam's parallel societies and radicalizing tendencies have no place in our country,' Kurz told a news conference outlining the government's decisions, which were based on that law.’"

The Austrian government plans to continue this initiative throughout the entirety of Chancellor Kurz’s term.

Jonathan Mizrahi
Jonathan Mizrahi
Jonathan Mizrahi

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