Austria moves against Turkish-funded 'political Islam'.

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Austria has announced plans to close down seven mosques and expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams in what has been described as a crackdown on "political Islam".

The country’s coalition government, formed of conservative and far-right elements, said the measures were "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign-backed religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said authorities would shut what was described as a "hardline, Turkish nationalist mosque" in Vienna and also dissolve a group called the Arab Religious Community.

Turkey has reacted with fury to the measures calling them "Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory".

RTÉ News: Austria set to expel up to 60 imams, shuts 7 mosques
 


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Good.
 

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Austria has announced plans to close down seven mosques and expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams in what has been described as a crackdown on "political Islam".

The country’s coalition government, formed of conservative and far-right elements, said the measures were "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign-backed religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said authorities would shut what was described as a "hardline, Turkish nationalist mosque" in Vienna and also dissolve a group called the Arab Religious Community.

Turkey has reacted with fury to the measures calling them "Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory".

RTÉ News: Austria set to expel up to 60 imams, shuts 7 mosques
Fair balls to them.

There should be no such thing as 'religious freedom' if it poses any sort of danger to the social fabric of society or attempts to impinge on democratic freedom's.
 

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If only a few more nations of Europe had the balls to follow that example.
 

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Austria has announced plans to close down seven mosques and expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams in what has been described as a crackdown on "political Islam".

The country’s coalition government, formed of conservative and far-right elements, said the measures were "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign-backed religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said authorities would shut what was described as a "hardline, Turkish nationalist mosque" in Vienna and also dissolve a group called the Arab Religious Community.

Turkey has reacted with fury to the measures calling them "Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory".

RTÉ News: Austria set to expel up to 60 imams, shuts 7 mosques
A radical Turkish branch of Islam which has created a group known as the Arab Religious Community? Turks don't consider themselves Arab. Also, the majority of radical mosques are funded by the Wahhabis, not the Turks.

A lot of Syrian refugees in Germany even chose Turkish mosques over the Wahhabi ones, despite the fact that Turkish Mosques are vernacular whereas the Wahhabi ones use Arabic.

Seems like a very odd move. Seems to be much more anti-Erdogan than anything else.
 

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The Austrian’s have been clear it’s not targeting Muslims, it’s targetting some extremist groups who happen to be Muslim who are operating in a tiny number of mosques. There’s almost a million Muslims in the country, 995k aren’t a problem. Nothing wrong with taking action against the 5k that are.

Couldn’t care less what Erdogan’s opinion is, and neither does anyone else.
 

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Very odd stuff from one of the Turkish funded mosques, it seems they had a pageant where the kids acted like the Turkish soldiers in Gallipoli, acted dead adorned with Turkish flags etc. Erdogan seems to be using the Turkish funded mosques for his own political ends, growing national-AKP feeling in German Turks.
At home he is in potential trouble, he called a snap election for 26th June and the top 4 opposition parties (liberals, nationalists, Islamists and Kurds) have allied to bring his down. At this point they are gaining on the AKP and Erdogan's performance is looking like a negative for the AKP.
The economy is in trouble, double figure inflation etc. Fingers crossed he made a miscalculation.
 

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Lefties can never answer the following question, “how are our countries better for allowing Muslims live here”?
 

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Lefties can never answer the following question, “how are our countries better for allowing Muslims live here”?
But but but......Multiculturalism, racist.


All the the usual buzzwords when they are faced with cold hard logic.
 

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The Austrian’s have been clear it’s not targeting Muslims, it’s targetting some extremist groups who happen to be Muslim who are operating in a tiny number of mosques. There’s almost a million Muslims in the country, 995k aren’t a problem. Nothing wrong with taking action against the 5k that are.

Couldn’t care less what Erdogan’s opinion is, and neither does anyone else.
Especially since religious freedom under the Erdogan regime is a somewhat questionable principle.

Sauce for the turkey......?
 
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Fair balls to them.

There should be no such thing as 'religious freedom' if it poses any sort of danger to the social fabric of society or attempts to impinge on democratic freedom's.

Unless they are killing Jews (in your view)
 

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Very odd stuff from one of the Turkish funded mosques, it seems they had a pageant where the kids acted like the Turkish soldiers in Gallipoli, acted dead adorned with Turkish flags etc. Erdogan seems to be using the Turkish funded mosques for his own political ends, growing national-AKP feeling in German Turks.
At home he is in potential trouble, he called a snap election for 26th June and the top 4 opposition parties (liberals, nationalists, Islamists and Kurds) have allied to bring his down. At this point they are gaining on the AKP and Erdogan's performance is looking like a negative for the AKP.
The economy is in trouble, double figure inflation etc. Fingers crossed he made a miscalculation.
If they'd done a pageant based on a certain siege in 1683, that would have put a few more cats among the pigeons.
 

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Lefties can never answer the following question, “how are our countries better for allowing Muslims live here”?
How is Ireland worse from allowing Muslims live here?
 

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The Austrian’s have been clear it’s not targeting Muslims, it’s targetting some extremist groups who happen to be Muslim who are operating in a tiny number of mosques. There’s almost a million Muslims in the country, 995k aren’t a problem. Nothing wrong with taking action against the 5k that are.

Couldn’t care less what Erdogan’s opinion is, and neither does anyone else.
That is a very important clarification. There is also the issue of Turkish controlled political elements, particularly in Germany, which are at this stage well organised and operate with the open support of Erdogan. In this case the issue is not extremism per se but one of outside influence on the internal politics of a country.
 

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Austria has announced plans to close down seven mosques and expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams in what has been described as a crackdown on "political Islam".

The country’s coalition government, formed of conservative and far-right elements, said the measures were "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign-backed religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said authorities would shut what was described as a "hardline, Turkish nationalist mosque" in Vienna and also dissolve a group called the Arab Religious Community.

Turkey has reacted with fury to the measures calling them "Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory".

RTÉ News: Austria set to expel up to 60 imams, shuts 7 mosques
Austria and the Turks goes way back. Good on 'em.
 


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