۲۴ مهر ۱۳۹۸ |١٦ صفر ١٤٤١ | Oct 16, 2019
News Code: 359077
5 October 2019 - 20:58
Banning Turkish-Muslim Associations

Pilz will most likely disappear after these elections, polling at less than the 4% required to enter the National Assembly. As a last populist means to mobilize the electorate, Pilz opted for banning what has become known as "political Islam" in Austrian public discourse.

Hawzah News Agency - On Sept. 25, four days before national parliamentary elections, a minor political platform lead by former Green member of Parliament Peter Pilz introduced a bill to ban two Muslim associations in the last session of the upper house of the Austrian parliament, the National Assembly. Pilz will most likely disappear after these elections, polling at less than the 4% required to enter the National Assembly. As a last populist means to mobilize the electorate, Pilz opted for banning what has become known as "political Islam" in Austrian public discourse. Pilz, who has traditionally been a more left-leaning Green parliamentarian, has at the same time focused heavily on fighting the "Islamist threat," although – as he argues – from a fundamentally different perspective than the radical right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ).

While Pilz suggests "protecting" Muslims from the threat posed by so-called political Islam, he finally ends where the staunch anti-Muslim party FPÖ does. Pilz proposed a resolution to ban two Turkish-origin Muslim associations. One is the Turkish-Islamic Union for Cultural and Social Cooperation (ATIB), which is connected to the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs' Diyanet. Another is Millî Görüş. Pilz wanted to prove he was staunchly against political Islam, while the other parties only talk the talk; however, both former coalition parties, the radical right-wing FPÖ as well as the largest party, Sebastian Kurz's People's Party (ÖVP), have both supported the resolution.

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