German politician wants ‘Islam law’ and mosque registry

German politician wants ‘Islam law’ and mosque registry, by Deutsche Welle.

Germany needs an “Islam law” to regulate Muslim religious communities and ensure that what is being preached in mosques around the country is “transparent,” according to leading conservative politician Jens Spahn.

Spahn, a member of the executive committee of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), told the Funke Media Group on Thursday that authorities “had to know what happens in mosques,” saying that Muslim sermons in German would help diminish prejudice.

In an interview with DW, Spahn cited the example of Austria as a precedent: “The Austrians have had an Islam law since imperial times, and there things function better. We could learn from them.”

He called for German tests for imams, saying that many of the preachers who delivered sermons in German mosques came from abroad, could not speak German and were paid by other countries.

“Do we really know if their sermons are being made in accordance with our laws? And it’s about more than that. Is it enough, just to ask that they don’t break the law? Should they not encourage cooperation and integration?” Spahn said to DW.

Spahn also demanded that mosques be registered, saying that authorities “did not know how many mosques there are in Germany, where they are or who finances them.”

Mosques Spying for Turkish Intelligence in Germany Prompt Raids, Government Probe, by Patrick Poole.

The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) in Germany is the official arm of the Diyanet, the Turkish government’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, which operates 900 mosques and employs 970 imams and religious officials. DITIB represents 70 percent of Germany’s Muslim community and serves the more than three million German nationals of Turkish origin or Turkish citizens who live in Germany. …

The Turkish government-controlled mosques have been used extensively as part of the spy network of the Turkish intelligence agency, the Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT).

Through a network of 6,000 informants in Germany, they have spied on the German-Turkish community and reported back to the MIT on activities seen as contrary to the increasingly dictatorial rule of Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

hat-tip Stephen Neil