Jul 30 2011
Imrich Dioszegi, a spokesman for the Hradec Králové Regional Authority, recently said, “Islam is in its nature aggressive, and it tries to be dominant everywhere it enters,” Kusák said. Islam, as preached by Muslim representatives and lecturers around the world as well as in the Czech Republic, “is incompatible with democracy.”
Prague Post – The terror attacks in Norway have refocused attention on anti-muslim sentiment in Europe and closer to home are sparking questions about a recent decision to use taxpayer money to fund an anti-Islamic campaign group.
“I can confirm it,” said Imrich Dioszegi, a spokesman for the Hradec Králové Regional Authority. “The council supports two [campaign] groups of a similar name with a total amount of 15,000 Kč.” Those groups, both going by the name AntiMešita, or anti-mosque, are headed by Valentin Kusák, who said their goal is to “fight against the Islamization of the Czech Republic.”
The groups were formed in response to what Kusák said were plans to create a mosque in the city of Hradec Králové. The project he originally opposed has turned out to be an already-existing 50-square-meter building where members of the local Muslim community – many of them students at the nearby university – gather. The building was purchased by the Organization of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic (UMO-ČR), and leaders of that group term it “a small house for worship.”
“Islam is in its nature aggressive, and it tries to be dominant everywhere it enters,” Kusák said. “Muslims are lying to us about their intentions; after all, that is what the Koran orders them to do in relationships with ‘infidels.’ The mosque is for me one the elements of Islamization, and that is why I oppose it.
While large numbers of Muslims have emigrated to, and then started families in, several European countries in recent decades, the Czech Republic has remained relatively immune to this trend. The Czech Statistical Office has no official numbers on the country’s Muslim population, but estimates put it at around 15,000, a number that would account for just more than 0.1 percent of the population, as compared with an estimated 8 percent in France, Germany’s 5.4 percent and Norway’s 3.4 percent. (As Barney Fife would say, “you have to nip it (evil) in the bud”)
The July 22 events in Norway are refocusing attention on anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic sentiments throughout Europe. Right-wing extremist groups in the Czech Republic have made headlines in recent years and drawn increased attention from law enforcement.
A study by the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Stiftung released in March found that “Europeans are conspicuously united in their rejection of immigrants and Muslims.” “Hungary and Poland stand out for their strong rejection of all the studied minorities,” the report said.
“Those who are prejudiced against immigrants are more likely to oppose their integration, to refuse them equal political participation, to be willing to discriminate against them and to respond to them with violence,” the report said. Asked if he was worried about Islamophobia in Europe and the Czech Republic, Al Rawi said: “Of course, the concerns are growing.”