Slovakia has passed a new law that will prevent Islamic institutions from getting state funds for the foreseeable future.
Slovakia’s parliament changed the minimum amount of members a religion must have to be entitled to state subsidies and the right to build their own schools. The number once stood at 20,000, but in a two-thirds majority vote, the parliament upped it to 50,000.
The bill, proposed by the Slovak National Party, was passed to effectively bar Islam from becoming a state-subsidized religion. Estimates put the number of Muslims in the Eastern European country at around 2,000 to 5,000.
Chairman of the Slovak National Party Andrej Danko said, “We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future,” according to Reuters.
Prime Minister Robert Fico expressed similar sentiment, previously saying, “I’m sorry, Islam has no place in Slovakia. 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.”
Fico has acted on his words, refusing EU quotas on refugee resettlement into his country.
“And we do not want to change the traditions of the country, which is built on Constantine-Methodist tradition,” Fico has said.
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