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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

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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.”

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'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.


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Jonathan Mizrahi
Jonathan Mizrahi
Jonathan Mizrahi