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Austria revises law on Islam

February 27, 2015

Revising a 1912 law on Islam, the Austrian parliament has banned most foreign funding of mosques and required imams to be able to speak German.

“Our goal is to have our own Austrian imams,” said Austria’s foreign minister, who stated the legislation would promote “Islam of European character" and “clearly combat” extremism.

“It is necessary for us to show young people that it’s possible to be a believing Muslim and a proud Austrian at the same time,” he added.

The new legislation, which also grants access to Muslim chaplains in prisons, hospitals, and the armed forces, was supported by the nation’s bishops, according to the Reuters news agency.


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Mar. 03, 2015 2:39 PM ET USA

    The bishops of Austria were in the forefront of being fooled by the new chancellor of Germany in the late 30s. Islam is a dangerous religion in and of itself. It is a violent religion in and of itself. Be careful what you touch. You might get burned.