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Friday, March 17, 2017

Belgium rejects working visa applications for four Turkish imams.


Belgium rejects working visa applications for four Turkish imams. (Express).

The decision by Belgian immigration minister Theo Francken was supported by the Belgian Council.

Mr Francken has already declined the applications of 12 imams this year, saying they wanted to preach sermons in mosques unrecognised by the state, according to German newspaper Deutsche Welle.

Ten of the imams objected to the decision, claiming their religious freedom was being violated.

However the council said the imams could not be evaluated under Belgian law because they did not live in Belgium.

There are 65 mosques affiliated with the Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), according to reports.

Meanwhile 30 are said to be close to the Turkish National Vision movement, which is being monitored by the German Federal Office for suspected radical Islamist activities.

Only 82 of around 300 mosques are recognised by Belgium, which covers some part of the salaries for imams, according to 2015 figures.

It comes after Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens ordered security intelligence to monitor mosques linked to Diyanet.

EU-Turkey relations are at all time low after Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an attack on the European Union during a speech in the northwestern province of Sakarya.

He said that the EU’s ruling over wearing religious symbols, such as a headscarf for Muslim women, represented “a clash between crescent and cross” and condemned “EU values, principles and justice”. Hmmm......If anyone started a religious war thaan it is Erdogan's AKP party , see below.Read the full story here.

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