Austria to Close 7 Turkish Mosques and Deport Uppity Imams
As the pro and anti-Muslim lines are being drawn to precision, Austria has come out on the ousting side. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said at a news conference his administration’s plan to expel as many as 60 imams (religious leaders who preach the Koran and promote sharia law and jihad), close seven mosques (Islamic places of worship, segregated by gender), and dissolve the Arab Religious Community in charge of six of the mosques. Kurz described one of the targeted closures in Vienna as “a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque.”
The underlying issue and legal rationale for this clear opposition to uppity Muslims making socio-political and religious demands, committing crimes, and displacing existing residents is a 2015 law that prohibits foreign funding for religious communities.
Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), the junior partner in Austria’s coalition government, said that the imams are suspected of “contravening a ban on foreign funding of religious office holders,” which would be a violation of the prohibition for receiving religious community financial support from abroad.
The Interior Ministry added that “40 of them had an active application for extending their residency and that a number of these had already been referred to immigration authorities, where a process for expelling them was underway.”
It seems the Austrian government was not pleased to learn last April (2018) of images depicting “children in a Turkish-backed mosque playing dead and re-enacting the World War I battle of Gallipoli.”
Gallipoli, in case you missed that history class, was a disastrous military campaign during 1915-1916 for 29,000 British and Irish soldiers who died at the hands of Ottoman Turks. Of course, the Turks were defending their homeland. But still, is having the Koran class play re-enact the bloody engagement any way to treat a helpful host country? The Daily Mail revealed the cause of the government’s decision to invite the Turkish-led imams and their families to leave:
“The photos of children, published by the Falter weekly, showed the young boys in camouflage uniforms marching, saluting, waving Turkish flags and then playing dead. Their ‘corpses’ were then lined up and draped in the flags.”
Kurz was quick to answer just that question. His position is the same as that of former US President Theodore Roosevelt who wrote in 1907:
“There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for, but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Chancellor Kurz expressed the same sentiment in modern terms today. On June 8, 2018, he proclaimed:
“Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalization have no place in our country.”
The new Austrian administration from the right-leaning Freedom Party (FPOe) won “on promises to prevent another influx and clamp down on benefits for new immigrants and refugees.”
Not surprisingly, the Turks are in a snit. Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted his countrymen’s outrage:
“Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country.”
Let’s examine the above denouncement, which is so typical these days of the UN-endorsed, pro-Muslim nonsensical rhetorical intended to guilt-trip westerners into feeling sorry for the criminal thugs currently ruining Europe.
First, let’s examine the expression “lame excuse.”
Next, we come to “anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave” part. Breaking it down further:
- “Anti-Islam” – You bet the Austrians are. The Islamic holy books and religious belief boils down to death and oppression to all non-Muslims. People whose spiritual duty is to kill you don’t make good neighbors, as the rest of Europe is finding out.
- “Racist” – This is patently and completely untrue. Islam is a religion and not a race. Calling people who are anti-Islam racists is ignorant and should be dismissed as such. This is a favorite argument of the Muslims themselves since they know how to exploit westerners’ guilt complexes and “bleeding heart humanitarianism.” Plus, the imams know that the majority of westerners know nothing about how sharia or jihad threaten their native cultures and modern lifestyles.
- “Discriminatory populist wave” – Again, this assessment is right on the mark – and what’s the problem with that? The Muslims have gone out of their way to upset and provoke what had been fairly stable European communities. They protest, taunt, rant, and make self-serving demands. No wonder the majority of local residents are organizing resistance and repelling all borders.
In all, the total number of imams and family members facing possible eviction from Austria comes to 150.
Like the joke about what do you call 150 lawyers at the bottom of the sea, the answer is the same:
It’s a good start. Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache agreed. He said at the recent news conference:
“This is just the beginning.”