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Slovakia bars Islam from becoming state religion by tightening church laws

Thursday 01 December 2016

'We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future'

The government in Slovakia has approved a law effectively preventing Islam being registered as a state religion for a number of years.

According to the most recent census, there are currently around 2,000 Muslim people living in Slovakia out of a population of 5.4million, and there are no registered mosques.

The law was approved by a two-thirds majority in parliament comprising both ruling and opposition parties, and a proposal to increase the threshold to 250,000 was blocked.

"Islamisation starts with a kebab and it's already under way in Bratislava, let's realise what we will face in five to 10 years," SNS chairman Andrej Danko told Reuters after the legislation was passed.

“We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future.”

In May, Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico said “Islam has no place” in the country shortly after regaining the premiership for the third time.

“I think it is the duty of politicians to talk about these things very clearly and openly. I do not wish there were tens of thousands of Muslims. They are changing the character of the countries [they come to].”

In July, the Slovakian government defied the European Parliament by refusing to accept refugees from refugee camps in Turkey.

Anti-Islam, Pro-Putin firebrand Robert Fico's party wins Slovak elections

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The anti-Islam, pro-Russia SMER-SSD Party of former Prime Minister Robert Fico has on Sunday won Slovakia’s parliamentary election, with almost all votes counted across the central European country.

However, Fico’s party winning by such a large margin is seen by many as being another shot in the arm for the increasingly anti-immigration and Islamophobic political landscape of Europe. It might be of particular concern to Slovakia’s Muslim community.

During his last tenure as prime minister, Fico gained a reputation for his extreme anti-Muslim and anti-migrant rhetoric, often defying EU protocols on migration.

No mosques in Slovakia

In the same year, Fico publicly blamed the IS attacks in Paris in 2016 and racist conspiracy theories about Syrian refugees attacking German women on Muslim immigration to Europe and, more generally, on the presence of Islam in European countries, with him and his party supporting the 'Islamisation' conspiracy theory.

He also said that his government was "monitoring every Muslim in our territory".

During his last campaign for prime minister, Fico, against the backdrop of a banner reading "Charinme Slovensko" ("We're protecting Slovakia") behind him, said "thousands of terrorists and Islamic State fighters are entering Europe with migrants".

"I can tell you we will never bring one single Muslim to Slovakia," he announced.

On this, Fico kept his word, defying the EU's quota system and only bringing 180 Christian Syrian refugees to the country.

I would guess there are no Islamic terrorists in Slovakia
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