A cardinal and a rabbi criticize die Government’s “Map of Islam” in Austria

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn criticized on Friday die Publication of the “Map of Islam” on the internet of the Austrian government, die also from the Jewish community in Austria was convicted.

“Why was a certain religion identified?” Asked the highest religious official in Austria, the in Central Europe has a Catholic majority, and referred to die An official map was published on the Internet at the end of May with information on more than 600 Islamic institutions in the country.

A cardinal and a rabbi criticize die Government’s “Map of Islam” in Austria

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

“I think it is dangerous to give the impression that a religious sect is under public suspicion,” he wrote in an article in the popular newspaper skin. “Our criminal law is clear enough to pursue terrorist tendencies wherever they arise.”

The President of the Conference of European Rabbis and Chief Rabbis of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, also took part in the discussion.

Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt

Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt

In a statement to the Catholic news agency “Cathpress” the rabbi demanded die Government to “respect the right to freedom of association and belief”, in a time in the “anti-Muslim feelings … in increase across Europe “.”

The controversy has continued to escalate since die Coalition government in Austria between Conservatives and Greens die Has put up a card with the names, addresses, identity of officials and external connections of mosques and Islamic societies in the country.

Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

The University of Vienna, whose name first came up with the design of the card in She, in turn, requested that her logo be removed from her.

The conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz supported die Conservative Minister of Integration Susan Raab, die die Stressed the need to uncover “ideologies” die “die Values ​​of liberal democracy ” in Ask a question what she put it.

Conservative Integration Minister Susan Raab

Conservative Integration Minister Susan Raab

For their part, the Greens refused die Initiative from, die Turkey and the Council of Europe called for their withdrawal.

And an Islamic association announced that against the background of the publication of several personal addresses on the Internet, die some Muslims at risk to prepare for a lawsuit.

In addition, confiscated die Police several boards showing a map of a nationalist movement in Vienna and in of a city in Lower Austria (East) could be seen, and the boards read “Attention! Political Islam is in close to you”.

Since the first terrorist attack on Austrian soil in early November die Number of verbal and physical attacks on Muslims (die 8% of the population), according to an association specializing in collecting reports of these attacks.

The card was no longer on Friday online available, and it was officially said that this had “technical reasons in connection with the change of host,” according to the documentation center for political Islam established by the government last year, the die map in Order given.

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