Sep 30 2010
Far-right parties are boosting their influence across Europe amid anti-Islamic agendas and calls for tougher immigration laws. Now the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party is fueling nationalism in its campaign.
RT NEWSAnd this is the reason why: Annas Shakfeh, President of Islamic Religious Community of Austria, says, “Islam is a reality. If we want to build mosques, we will build them anyway. I have a vision in the future where every town and city in Austria has a mosque with a big minaret that people can see from the outside.”
The “Bye Bye Mosque” game was released by the Freedom Party as part of its bid for election into regional government in Styria – Austria’s second largest province – and the game’s message has hit a raw nerve.
The aim is simple: take aim and shoot down as many new mosques as you can, as they rise relentlessly above Austria’s Alpine skyline. If you are not quick enough, the country is Islamized.
“We are defending our rights, our traditions and our culture. We do not want to be dissolved into Islam, nor do we want there to be
parallel Islamic societies in our country,” states Dr. Gerhard Kurzmann, a Freedom Party Candidate.
Within 24 hours, the game received more than 200,000 web hits. Within a week it was banned. “The numbers who played the game show that Islam is a very important issue,” Dr. Kurzmann revealed. “Thanks to us it was talked about in the first place. But the judicial system is meddling in politics, and stopping a free discussion.”
If the Freedom Party performs well, it will follow in the footsteps of recent successes by far-right parties in Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. It appears that no longer can the centrist parties ignore the voices of those alarmed by Islam and immigration, or they risk being penalized at the ballot box.