BRATISLAVA (ChurchMilitant.com) - Slovakia is barring Islam from gaining recognition as an official religion. The Slovakian parliament passed a bill requiring a religion to have a minimum of 50,000 adherents in order to qualify for government funding and to have its own schools.
The piece of legislation will increase the difficulty for Islam to register as an official state religion in Slovakia, as Islam has only 2,000 members, according to the census. There are no officially recognized mosques, which the Slovakian government has confirmed.
Ivan Netik, the Interior Ministry spokesman, remarked, "In Slovakia we have really tiny community of Muslims. We even don't have mosques."
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico commented, "Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000-400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values of the state."
The Slovak National Party (SNS) sponsored the bill and passed it with a two-thirds majority. Andrej Danko, head of the SNS, commented, "Islamization starts with a kebab and it's already underway in Bratislava; let's realize what we can face in five to 10 years. We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future."
Last summer, the Slovakian government made news by saying that they would prefer to accept Christian refugees instead of Muslims.
Netik said, "Slovakia as a Christian country can really help Christians from Syria to find a new home in Slovakia." He went on to say, "It would be a false, insincere solidarity if we took people who don't want to live in Slovakia."
Slovakia has taken a strong stand against allowing large numbers of Muslim refugees, in stark contrast to Germany, which has allowed more than 1 million refugees from the Middle East. The influx of massive numbers of Muslim refugees is leading to an increase in violence, cultural chaos and instability, according to critics of multiculturalism.
Daniel Greenfield, a writer for FrontPage Magazine, wrote,
If Muslims can't reconcile their conflicts at home, what makes us think that they will reconcile them in Europe? Instead of resolving their problems through migration, they only export them to new shores. The same outbursts of Islamic violence, xenophobia, economic malaise and unsustainable growth follow them across seas and oceans, across continents and countries. Distance is no answer. Travel is no cure.
Fico echoed these criticisms, saying that he would "never make a voluntary decision that would lead to the formation of a unified Muslim community in Slovakia. Multiculturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants in, you can face such problems."
Fico has been one of the strongest proponents of sealing the EU's borders and has also been a fierce critic of EU quotas which would force Slovakia to take in more than 2,000 migrants. In response, the Islamic Foundation in Slovakia remarked, "The repeated statements of Mr. Premier do not only harm Slovak Muslims but also the country's interests as a sovereign country which is building its position on the international scene."
Fico has also said, "When I say something now, maybe it will seem strange, but I'm sorry, Islam has no place in Slovakia. I think it is the duty of politicians to talk about these things very clearly and openly. I do not wish there were tens of thousands of Muslims."