Austria defends Islam law revisions

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Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Austria’s foreign minister has defended his country’s revisions to a century-old law on Islam, which increase many protections for Muslims but also ban foreign funding for mosques and imams.

Sebastian Kurz told Germany’s Bild newspaper that lawmakers did not want foreign countries exerting political influence.

He said: “I’d think it would also be strange if the German chancellor were to send pastors to us who were employees of the German government.”

The measure passed yesterday updates a 1912 law that made Islam an official religion in Austria.

Among other measures, that the law enshrines the right for Muslims to have their own chaplains in the military, courts, hospitals and elsewhere; have male children circumcised; and practice the ritual halal slaughter of animals for food.

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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