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Austrian Foreign Minister Wants To Ban Koran Distribution

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has obviously not heard of the Internet as he calls for a ban on the distribution of the Islamic holy book

November 19


Vienna , Austria, Republic of - 19 Nov 2016 - Foreign Ministry

After raids on Salafist organizations in Germany, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has called for a ban on the distribution of the Islamic holy book.

Mr. Kurz is aboslutely right about wanting to ban "The True Religion" or any other extermist group; however by calling for a ban on the distribution of the Holy Koran, he risks aggrevating the situation altogether and achieving nothing but more of the same rhetoric.

It is worth noting that religion has always been the pretext for most oppressions against people. One needs to only study history to see that it is littered with exactly the same problems facing the world right now. During the Roman Holy Inquisition; Christians went around Europe beheading, torturing and mudering in the name Christianity; and i'm pretty sure the recipients of such anger and hatred would have also felt the need to ban the New Testament.

However, in the 21st century, calling for a ban on a book seems rather ignorant of the realities of modern day technology. For instance, it is impossible to ban the distribution or redistribution of material on the Internet not to mention the Internet itself which was actually designed in such a way so that it could never be banned.

The other issue is that as Foreign Minister, it is not so wise to make such remarks which may alieanate over 1.6 billion people just because a few thousand cowards have been deluded into believing that somehow God will reward them if they kill innocent people. After all Austria has always prided itself on being a neutral country and has always welcomed foreigners of all kind.

Europe should wise up to these cowards and while yes, a few thousand potential violent people are now amongst our midst, the best approach is remain above their hate and ignorant rhetoric and to fight them where it hurts them most; by ignoring them and treating them as losers. What Mr. Kurz should also do is find the courage to criticize France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the United States for unleashing the mess in the first place. Not a single politician, of any of the countries that have bore not only the incovenience and economic costs but the future terrorism prospects of the refugee crisis have had the courage to tell the resposnible countries that the entire crisis and terrorism plaguing Europe is entirely their fault and that they be forced to fix it, and should bear the entire economic costs of their useless and dangerous adventures that are now stoking dangerous rhetoric right across Europe.

Its time for Europe to grow up; to stop remaining silent when their fellow European partners engage in reckless behaviour especially when the entire crisis was forseen by anyone who understood anything about the region.

Let's hope Mr. Kurz demonstrates that while he the youngest ever foreign minister; he is also the wiest.

The “True Religion”

The “True Religion” organization is known for it’s “Lies!” or in English “Read!” campaign and was formed initially in Germany by radical Salafist preacher Ibrahim Abou-Nagie who resides in Cologne. Mr. Abou-Nagie is rumoured to receive his funding from Saudi Arabian backers and the group distribute the Koran in many countries across the continent while preaching their radical form of the religion.In Austria, the groups set up stalls along the busy Mariahilfestrasse shopping district, which are largely staffed by Chechen migrants and others who have recently converted to Islam.

Ahmad Mansour, a former Islamist, who has warned previously of the dangers of young Muslims becoming radicalised by Salafist group, welcomed the German government’s ban on the group and its activities.  Austrian  political scientist Thomas Schmidinger feels differently saying that the ban would “do more harm than good,”In the UK the group also operates without a problem on high streets across the country. Earlier this week founder Abou-Nagie personally handed out copies of the Koran to locals on Oxford’s high street and has been in the UK multiple times despite having called for homosexuals to be executed, and being under investigation by German authorities.

Foreign Minister Kurz expressed disbelief after the German raids as to why the organization was still allowed to operate in Austria. As far back as the summer Kurz has proposed to end the distribution of the Koran as part of the Integration Act which he supports. He revealed this week that the act, which would also ban the full face Islamic veil known as the burqa or niqab, has been consistently blocked by the Socialist Party.

A separate but similar Koran distribution campaign in Austria was linked to Mirsad Omerovic, who is said to have recruited two young girls, 17-year-old Samra Kesinovic and 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic who fled Austria in 2014 to Syria where they joined the Islamic State terror group.While experts acknowledge that many of the Koran distribution stalls are fronts for radical Islamic recruitment, some argue that banning them will simply allow the radicals to play the victim and insist that the west is persecuting Muslims, but others like Ahmad Mansour say there may be no alternative and he claims intervention may actually prevent the formation of jihadi networks.


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