Turkish President Predicts Holy ‘War’ Over Austrian Mosque Closures

By The Daily Caller. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan predicted “a war” between Christianity and Islam on Saturday after the Austrian government announced it will shut down seven Turkish nationalist mosques in Vienna and possibly expel up to 60 imams.

“You do this and we sit idle? It means we will take some steps too,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

“These measures taken by the Austrian chancellor are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” he continued, according to the German newspaper Die Welt.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s decision Friday to shut down several extremist mosques and to dissolve an organization called the Arab Religious Community angered Erdogan, an Islamist who considers the Muslim Brotherood an ally.

Kurz, a conservative who has espoused nationalist policies, made the decision after an investigation into two Turkish religious organizations, the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations and Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, known as Diyanet. (Read more from “Turkish President Predicts Holy ‘War’ Over Austrian Mosque Closures” HERE)

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Turkey’s Erdogan Slams Austria’s Move to Shut Down Foreign-Funded Mosques

By DW. . .Reacting to the announcement, a spokesman for Erdogan said that Vienna’s move was “a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in the country.”

Around 360,000 people of Turkish origin, including 117,000 Turkish nationals live in Austria. Ties between Ankara and Vienna have deteriorated in recent months with Kurz’s anti-immigration speeches and opposition to Turkey’s EU membership bid. . .

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Friday his government was shutting down a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in the capital, Vienna, and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community, which runs an additional six mosques.

The chancellor said the initiative followed an investigation into images that emerged in April of young boys wearing Turkish uniforms marching, saluting, playing dead and waving Turkish flags. The pictures were found to have come from the Cologne-based Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB) organization, a branch of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). (Read more from “Turkey’s Erdogan Slams Austria’s Move to Shut Down Foreign-Funded Mosques” HERE)

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