Czech lawmakers have ramped up the rhetoric in a campaign to ban Islam, calling it a violent ideology that has no place in the Republic.
Influential members of parliament seek to impose an outright ban on the Muslim religion throughout the land.
‘If someone calls for the killing of infidels and Jews, then it is not a religion of peace,’ says right-wing parliamentarian Jiri Kobza.
FASCISM AND NAZISM TOO
All ideologies that promote hatred and violence should be banned, and that includes Islam, fascism and Nazism, he says.
Kobza is a member of one of the largest parties in parliament, the right-wing Freedom and Direct Democracy organization, headed by Japanese-Czech Tomio Okamura.
“We want to stop any Islamization of the Czech Republic,” says Okamura. “We push for zero tolerance of migration.”
Czech President Milos Zeman is also an outspoken opponent. Islam does not belong in Europe, he said.
Muslim migrants who get into Europe come from a “culture of murderers and religious hatred,” Zeman said.
All ideologies that promote hatred and violence should be banned, including fascism and Nazism, he added. Muslims will never integrate into non-Muslim societies.
There is a strong anti-Islam culture throughout the Czech Republic, which has 11,000 Muslims or 0.1 percent of the population.
We do not want more Muslims in Czech Republic, former Social Democratic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in an interview last year.
FEAR OF ANNIHILATION
“The small and the middle-sized Central European nations have never been able to rid themselves of their fear that they could be annihilated or that their national community could cease to exist,” university lecturer Dr. Jan Čulík wrote in a recent article titled ‘Why Is the Czech Republic So Hostile to Muslims and Refugees?’