A statement by Wolfgang Fellner in the daily Austrian newspaper “Österreich” has created outrage among local Muslims. In a recent edition the journalist stated: “Now we must permit discussions about whether or not Islam as such should be banned in Europe.”

According to the Islamic faith community in Austria, Fellner is thus attacking “the central human right of religious freedom,” and that Fellner’s statement “should not be passed in silence,” said spokeswoman of the Islamic Community in Austria (IGGiÖ), Carla Amina Baghajati, in a press release. Islam is a recognized religion in Austria. The statement in the Austrian paper, comes just days after an editorial in the large Italian newspaper Il Giornale, suggested the same. READ MORE