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New regulation of Islam education in Austria

Austrias politicans and the Islamic community decided to reform Islam lessons in Austrian schools. Some days ago the outrage of politicans and medias was enourmos, when a new study reavealed that a high percentage of Islam teachers in Austrian schools are against democracy.

Even the Greens show themselfes very satisfied about such a decision. “The reorganization was long overdue”, says the chairwoman of the Green party in Vienna Maria Vassilakou. It was the Socialdemocratic Education Secretary Schmied who made the rules of the new law.

Also an official schoolbook for Islamic lessons had to be banned from the schools. The book glamorized suicide bombers.

The Greens also demand that Islam teachers should have a mandatory nationalized education before they start to teach young muslims in Austrian schools. All courses of instruction and materials should be checked thoroughly.

Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian Strache reminded that one of his party fellows was found guilty infront of an Austrian court, because she was criticizing the Islam. “Now everybody sees that they convict us for the truth”, was his message in a paid advert in Austrias biggest newspaper.

3 Kommentare zu “New regulation of Islam education in Austria”

  1. Agha Jafri

    Anita Rai’s 6th book, JIHAD AND TERRORISM is soon coming out. As with every of her other book, this one too stands out in a sea of run of the mill publications on the same subjects. Rai says: “The spirit of Islam is promotion of peace, love and enlightenment and justice for all. Justice is the guiding force of Islam. And its very spirit requires Islam to defend the oppressed and establish the rule of justice in order to facilitate the superior functioning of the law of God for the optimum welfare of His creatures, basically and spiritually – this calls for Jihad, which means striving hard and honest, in the Way of God. Jihad, as preached and practiced by Muhammad, the Messenger of Peace (pbuh) is not necessarily same and similar to its understanding by the Muslims and the non-Muslims down the centuries. Hence, the history of Jihad – its phases, periods, politics and ploys – is very complex, which is not easy to grasp if one does not have the sophistication and depth of knowledge of the very complex and turbulent history of Islam. The why – when – how of jihad transgressing into terrorism is essential because almost always it is mentioned in the same breath as terrorism and even described as an equivalent. JIHAD AND TERRORISM is about portraying the Essential Jihad – illustrated by the Custodians of Islam (p b u them) and the Holy Book – which is averse to terrorism and wages a constant War on terror. So, although we find the history of jihad and the history of terrorism entangled, jihad and terrorism stand for distinctly separate and profoundly different values.”

  2. aftab husain

    An absolutely brilliant and must read contribution to the field of understanding what makes radical Islam tick and how to defeat it. Without question, Rai’s Jihad and Terrorism represents a detailed and courageous work that unabashedly destroys the false underpinnings of militant Islam. By exposing the terrorists to the light of historical truth, not only does Jihad and Terrorism drag the radicals out from behind the cloak of Islam where they hide and pervert the religion, but Rai points the way to the only long term solution that will ultimately defeat them.

  3. lisa

    Anita Rai has provided a richly resourced, intellectually honest examination of Islam, from its historical roots to its often schizophrenic present. Despite an intriguing, provocative writing style and obvious passion about her topic, she is able to maintain credible objectivity in untangling the complex web of relationships between terrorism and jihad. By insisting her work is not a treatise on Islamic theology, though offering numerous references to the Qur’an and the words of Mohammed and other luminaries, she focuses on the practical aspects of the religion and how they impact an ordinary Muslim’s bifurcated life in a troubled world. She cautiously defines potentially explosive terms and employs many useful explanatory footnotes that shed light on her arguments. Similarly, she is careful not to indict all Muslims. Yet, she points the finger at a burgeoning community whose historical legacy is peace and compassion, and unabashedly accuses its members of suffering from a state of “chronic denial which weakens their resolve to seek the truth.” Indeed, Rai has provided an invaluable service to us all—regardless of faith—in showing us that religion and politics are an explosive mix requiring a much more open and transparent debate about the abuses of both.
    William C. Spracher,

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