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Slovakia has outlawed mosques from being founded wherever within the country, effectively restricting Islam from the Central European nation.
Slovak’s laws, designated in 2016, make it unattainable for Islam to be a state-recognized religion. Neon Nettle reports.
The also submitted regulations making it the nation with the hardest legal guidelines in opposition to Islam in all of Europe.
Two-thirds of deputies, had in 2016, together with oppositions, voted in favor of the ruling delivered by the governmental Slovak National Party (SNS).
The legal guidelines expected religious groups within the nation to have 50,000 adherents to run their schools, open religious institutions, or qualify for government subsidies. Formerly, the regulation only needed 20,000 signatures.
Islam, According to official sources, which was mostly focused by the legislation, has lower than 5,000 believers and 0 mosques within the landlocked country within the heart of Europe.
The former Prime Minister, Robert Fico hinted in an interview in 2016, “I’m sorry, Islam has no place in Slovakia.
“It is the duty of politicians to talk about these things very clearly and openly. Noting that he does not want tens of hundreds of Muslims.
Following the last country’s census, religions with the necessary inhabitant’s entry include the Roman Catholic Church, to which just about 70% of the Slovak population declare allegiance, the Greek Catholic Church at 4%, the Christian Reformed Church at 2%, the Protestant Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession which makes up 7%, and the Orthodox Church at 1 %.
During the peak of the migrant problem, the Slovak interior minister at the time stated, “We want to help Europe with the migration issue.
“We could take 800 Muslims, but we don’t have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here”
Other politicians have also been open in regards to the truth they don’t want the Muslim inhabitants to grow in Slovakia
“Islamization begins with kebab and is already underway in Bratislava. Let’s realize what we can face in 5 or ten years,” mentioned SNS Chairman Andrej Danko in 2016.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that there is no mosque in future Slovakia,”
Other European nations, such as Germany, have opened up their borders and embraced Islam.
Until now, Slovakia is the one EU Member State where there is no such thing as an official mosque. Instead, the Muslim neighborhood within the country meets in rented houses or non-permanent prayer rooms.
At the same time, Slovakia is just not the only country to rigorously choose which religion it’s going to acknowledge in its territory.
For example, in the neighboring Czech Republic, the Community of Buddhism, which primarily the native Vietnamese community follows, not too long ago applied for enrollment.
However, the Czech Ministry of Culture didn’t comply with the application for the third time. Compared to Slovakia, there are considerably fewer Catholics within the Czech Republic.
Based on the most recent data, there are about a million Catholics in Czechia, which fits about one-tenth of the population.
But there are only some Muslims in each country; within the Czech Republic, Muslims accounts for less than 0.1% of the entire population.