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Schönborn: all religions must respect rule of law

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna centre talks with Cardinal Gerhard MullerCardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria said state can intervene if religious communities do not abide by the rule of law
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that if  “religious communities” do not abide by

the rule of law, then the state has the right to intervene to enforce the law. He was speaking last week after the Austrian Government announced plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about 60 imams from the country. 

The announcement was made by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and is rooted in a 2015 law that requires Muslim organisations to express a “positive fundamental view towards [the] state and society” of Austria, and bans foreign funding of religious institutions. “Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalising tendencies have no place in our country,” said Mr Kurz at a press conference announcing the closures.

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