Slovakian parliament doesn’t want it’s citizens to become apart of a growing statistic of deaths at the hands of muslim terrorists; so has passed a law which will ban Islam from being recognized (registered) as a religion[a].
This is the latest in an anti-muslim sentiment that is sweeping through Europe and waking up the populace to the danger of Islam and it’s followers. You can’t exactly blame Europeans for thinking this way, for the entire existence of Islam, Islamic followers have been killing, raping and blowing up European women and children; and Europe is starting to say, they have had enough.
An example of this can be seen with the Manchester bombing a few weeks ago which killed dozens of children and injured hundreds at an Ariana Grande concert with a home-made nail bomb.
- France – France was the first country in Europe to ban Islamic face veils, such as the burka and the niqab, in public places. Effective April 2011; made it illegal for Muslim women to leave their homes with their faces covered. Women can be fined for wearing a face veil, while anyone who uses threats and violence to forces a woman to wear a veil risks a €30,000 fine and a year in prison.
- Belgium – Belgium was the second European country after France to introduce a ban on full face veils, which outlawed the burka and niqab in public areas. Effective July 2011; women who cover their faces in public places like streets and parks can be fined and sentenced to up to seven days in jail.
- Bulgaria – Bulgaria’s parliament banned the burka from being worn in public in September 2016 in a bid to boost security in the wake of Islamist militant attacks in Europe.
- The Netherlands – MPs in the Netherlands have voted to ban the burka on public transport and in places such as government buildings, schools and hospitals.
- Switzerland – A majority of the electorate in the Swiss region of Ticino voted in favour of a ban on face veils in public areas in 2013. The ban came into force in 2016. Muslim women who wear the veil in shops, restaurants or public buildings can be fined up to €9,200 (£7,890).
- Italy – Lombardy, the wealthiest region in Italy, approved a ban on women wearing the burka in hospitals and local government buildings in December 2015. It was the first time an Italian region explicitly outlawed Islamic face coverings. Existing laws already prohibit helmets and clothing that make identification difficult in public.
Even non-European countries have seen the benefit of restricting Islam as a way to reduce Islamic terrorism:
- Egypt – The Egyptian government has drafted a bill to ban the niqab and burka in public places and government institutions. The legislation comes after Egypt’s Cairo University banned academic staff from wearing the niqab in classrooms to make it easier to communicate with students.
- Chad – Chad banned women from wearing the full-face veil following two suicide bomb attacks in June 2015. There are similar bans in parts of Cameroon and Niger as well as Congo-Brazzaville and the Gabon.
Now back to Slovakia’s recent law.
Slovakia’s decision to not recognize Islam as a religion comes as another defiance to the European Union which has forced migrant quotas on all member states, and shows that member states are still not happy.
Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government has repeatedly said Islam has no place in Slovakia.
Slovakian Parliament adopted a bill sponsored by the Slovak National Party (SNS), which requires a religion to have at least 50,000 members (up from 20,000) to be registered and qualify for state subsidies and to run its own schools.
Islam only has 2000 supporters in Slovakia according to the latest census and no recognized mosques; however the Islamic Foundation in Slovakia estimates around 5000 supporters.
The law was approved by two-thirds majority in parliament from both the ruling and opposition parties. Parliament turned down a proposal by the opposition ‘People’s Party-Our Slovakia’ to raise the religion membership bar to 250,000 supporters for recognition.
The SNS have also said that the new law was not directly aim at Islam but to prevent other speculative registrations of churches, such as cults and joke religions like the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
SNS chairman Andrej Danko said “We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future.”
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