The following op-ed from the Austrian daily Kurier has been kindly translated by JLH:
An End to Phony Tolerance
Which Islam do Muslims in Austria actually follow?
By Martina Salomon | August 24, 2014
By 2051, every fifth Austrian will be Muslim. The figure is already 11.6% ( up from 0.4% in 1971). Official Austria has always operated on the premise of religious co-existence. But the newest reports indicate that shockingly great swathes of the Muslim population are regressing to the Middle Ages. Their brutal attitude toward “infidels” (up to and including bestial murders), their imperialism, their repression of women and homosexuals and the dominion of religion over politics all come to them from the Koran.
In recent years, anyone who criticized or even caricatured Islam ran the risk of earning a death fatwa. Self-styled “holy warriors” are killing and dispossessing Christians all over the world. Nonetheless, Western governments have appealed for tolerance. This may come from the misinterpretation of a comment by Jesus: “But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.” The meaning of the Biblical episode is that Jesus is standing firm and demanding respect. We must do the same, for the sake of our culture and our values. In conversation even with educated Muslims, their contempt for our liberal society is often palpable.
The Role of the Victim as an Excuse
Muslim advocates like to play the victim card. Marginalization of their co-religionists, they say, brings on radicalization. That, however, is only part of the truth. Not a word about the fact that some immigrant groups close themselves off and overburden the educational and welfare systems. Interestingly, it is (liberal) Muslims most of all who denounce the propagation of “fascist Islam” and criticize the support it receives from indigenous parties. It was clear to see, in demonstrations for and against Erdogan in Vienna, that there are thousands of Turks from backward regions in Turkey who are easy to mobilize in our streets. But anyone who has been in Istanbul has also seen the other side of Turkey with its dynamic, well-educated upper class, and many women in top jobs.
The publisher and headman of the Turkish Cultural Community, Birol Kilic, warns against Austria’s becoming a hinterland of politicized belief coming out of Turkey or any other country. And the Green Federal Assemblyman, Efgani Dönmez, criticizes domestic parties — especially the SPÖ — for encouraging “rightist” i.e. fundamentalist trends.
The government is belatedly pulling itself together to take a closer look. The arrested Chechen jihadists are an early accomplishment of this policy and proof that there must be better supervision of what goes on under the cover of religion: in religious education, in (back-alley) mosques, in some “cultural organizations.”
And it must be clear that someone who goes to war for another country or a terror group will automatically lose citizenship and may no longer live here. Anyone who wishes to abrogate the rules of our state or contemptuously ignores them must expect severe punishment and lose any right to asylum. Austrian law is the rule here — no Ifs, Ands or Buts.