Czech Republic: Christian Democrats Oppose New Mosques

“Tolerance is one thing, but naivety is something quite different,” and: “We should not repeat the same mistakes that other European states made in relation to Muslims.”


Actualne/Brno – Two high-ranking officials of the Christian Democrats (KDU-ÄŒSL) on Monday rejected plans by the Muslim community in Brno to build a second mosque in the city, citing fears of Islamic radicalism and cultural tensions. The statements came only months before October’s general elections.

“Tolerance is one thing, but naivety is something quite different,” said David Macek, KDU-ÄŒSL deputy chairman. He said many western European countries had been tolerant to Muslim immigrants and now had to face clashes between them and the majority society. “We should not repeat the same mistakes that other European states made in relation to Muslims.”

Stanislav Juránek, the party’s leading candidate for South Moravia and the region’s former governor, voiced concerns that local traditions might be “pushed out by a foreign culture and religion”. He went on to say that, “There are no churches in Yemen or Saudi Arabia. Their construction is completely impossible.”

The two officials added that construction of new mosques should not be allowed anywhere in the Czech Republic.

“Existing mosque getting too small”

David Macek

David Macek warns that excessive tolerance might result in cultural clashes.větší obrázekAutor: hra

Brno already has one mosque, built on Vídeňská street 11 years ago as the first Muslim sanctuary in the Czech Republic. The growing community of Brno’s Islam followers now finds the facility too small. The community has not yet applied for a building permit or even selected a suitable location, but merely announced its plans to build a new mosque. (The mosque is not allowed to have a minaret/ed)

Muníb Hasan, chairman of an Islamic foundation in Brno, says the community needs especially lecture and reading rooms. He previously expressed hopes the town hall would support the plans to build a new mosque, citing very good relations between majority Brno residents and Muslim immigrants. Now he rejects the Christian Democrats’ concerns, saying Brno Muslims have always denounced any form radicalism.

But Daniel Rychnovský, Brno deputy mayor and another Christian Democrat, has already told local Muslims that city officials from his party will not back the plan. “I personally believe that Brno already once expressed its tolerance by allowing the construction of the Vídeňská street mosque. That should be enough,” he said.

City officials, bureaucrats and some residents had also opposed the construction of the first mosque 11 years ago. In the end the Muslim community received permission, but was not allowed to decorate the shrine with a traditional minaret. The authorities ruled this would damage the city’s atmosphere.

The first mosque in Brno, the capital of South Moravia with the population of some 400,000, is currently attended by some 120 worshippers and their number is growing. There is one other mosque in the Czech Republic, in Prague.

4 thoughts on “Czech Republic: Christian Democrats Oppose New Mosques”

  1. Bravo to the Czech Christian Democrats – but why should I even have to say it ? It’s absolutely normal that you should be against the building of mosques . If our politicians made the right noises in the first place , the muslims wouldn’t dare to ask for mosques .
    ” You want a mosque ? Out of the country ! “

  2. That’s great news.
    I wish him well & hope he doesn’t become a marked man like Geert.

    –History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.–
    Maya Angelou:

  3. Opposing the beginnings: The Czech’s Smell the Coffee

    Right wing warns against threat of ‘Islamisation’ – in the Czech Republic, where Muslims are 0.1% of the population

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    The twin terror attacks in Norway have refocused attention on Islamophobia in Europe and closer to home are sparking questions about a recent decision to use taxpayer money to fund an anti-Islamic campaign group.

    “I can confirm it,” said Imrich Dioszegi, a spokesman for the Hradec Králové Regional Authority. “The council supports two [campaign] groups of a similar name with a total amount of 15,000 Kč.”

    Those groups, both going by the name AntiMeÅ¡ita, or anti-mosque, are headed by Valentin Kusák, who said their goal is to “fight against the Islamization of the Czech Republic”. “A month ago, we got a financial gift for our activities from the Hradec Králové region, which really delighted us,” he added. “This gift will help us to cover our expenses.”

    The groups were formed in response to what Kusák said were plans to create a mosque in the city of Hradec Králové. The project he originally opposed has turned out to be an already-existing 50-square-meter building where members of the local Muslim community – many of them students at the nearby university – gather. The building was purchased by the Organization of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic (UMO-ÄŒR), and leaders of that group term it “a small house for worship.”

    “Islam is in its nature aggressive, and it tries to be dominant everywhere it enters,” Kusák said. “Muslims are lying to us about their intentions; after all, that is what the Koran orders them to do in relationships with ‘infidels.’ The mosque is for me one the elements of Islamization, and that is why I oppose it. I am for religious freedom. … But Islam – as preached by Muslim representatives and lecturers around the world as well as in the Czech Republic – is incompatible with democracy.”

    The Czech Statistical Office has no official numbers on the country’s Muslim population, but estimates put it at around 15,000, a number that would account for just more than 0.1 percent of the population, as compared with an estimated 8 percent in France, Germany’s 5.4 percent and Norway’s 3.4 percent.

    “The fact that a council supports the activities of AntiMeÅ¡ita is totally not right, but others are to judge such actions,” said UMO-ÄŒR Chairman Muneeb Hassan Al Rawi. “I compare such initiatives to fascism. Especially after Friday in Norway, everyone should clear up their perspective, because it came to light that not only Muslims have a patent on terrorism.”

    Asked if he was worried about Islamophobia in Europe and the Czech Republic, Al Rawi said: “Of course, the concerns are growing.”

    “I am a Czech citizen. I have lived here for 25 years, and still every time I return from abroad I get stopped at the airports by customs officers,” Al Rawi said. “Now, after Norway, when a guy does it to his own people and he is not Muslim, basically anything can happen. We knew this a long time ago, but if I said this a week ago you would have considered me a fool.”

    Prague Post, 28 July 2011

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