Austrian Integration Minister Susanne Raab on Tuesday defended her “political islam mapcontroversial. The document lists the names of more than 600 Muslim organizations, mosques and associations, their addresses, the identity of their leaders and their possible links abroad.
“It is by no means a question of nourishing a generalized distrust of Muslims.“, she told the German newspaper Die Welt.”It is about fighting together against political Islam as a breeding ground for extremism“, justified the minister.
Remarks, complaints and stigma
Representatives of the Austrian opposition and Muslim groups criticized the fact that all Islamic organizations are on the map, whether or not they have anti-democratic Islamist leanings.
An organization of young Muslims already let it be known on Saturday that it would file a complaint against this card.
The Council of Europe on Monday called on Austria to withdraw the map as many Muslims feel stigmatized and threatened.
No problem, according to the minister
But Susanne Raab believes that this card does not endanger the Muslim representatives. “If someone wants to start a Muslim organization without it being known, or their practices or their identity being made public, then that is exactly where the problem lies. Is that this person prefers to preach behind the scenes“, replied the minister.
She underlined the interest of such a document for Muslims who want nothing to do with extremism. “They should also know which mosque they are going to and what structures and ideologies are behind them.“, she concluded.