by Oliver Lane
The author of a new Austrian government report on radicalisation in
schools has gone on record suggesting the government “cooperates with
Salafist or Islamist organisations”, and the funding by
foreign governments of projects in Europe is akin to colonisation.
Commissioned by the Austrian integration ministry to investigate the
state of Islam in the nations kindergartens, university of Vienna
professor Ednan Aslan has spoken out about his disturbing findings in an
interview with Der Standard.
Painting a bleak picture of Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood religious
extremists controlling schools and apparently doing so with the
acquiescence of regional and national politicians, the Turkish
born academic said the government should in future carefully scrutinise
where exactly foreign money for projects in Austria was coming from.
Refusing to give exact numbers on the numbers of concern schools
falling under specific negative influences in Austria, professor Aslan
told the paper a “conservative estimate” put the total number of
so-called “problematic” Islamist schools at 150.
Explaining how so many schools are able to have come under the
influence of radical Islam without being detected or challenged in
Austria, the professor first explains about “intellectual Salafism”. He
remarks they go to great lengths to keep below the radar by fastidiously
following the rules set by the Austrian state, while running their own
programme of fundamentalist education. He said:
“They are very legalistic, attaching great importance to education
and avoiding conflicts with the legislation, but internally operate a
conservative, very [doctrinaire] theology… in a Kindergarten the status
of legislation in Islamic theology is valued higher than reason, the
woman is depicted as inferior to the man”.
Secondly he explains the “naive” approach of the city of Vienna
working together with Salafist and Islamist organisations, which appears
to be at least an unofficial policy of turning a blind eye. Remarking
his research team had easily turned up flyers and publications
containing evidence of extremism from problem schools, professor Aslan
expressed it should be possible for the employees of the city to do the
The fact the city government is unable to do this shows there is “no
control”, an oversight he suggests which would not be permitted should a
right wing group attempt to infiltrate schools in the same way as
Turning his attention to the now infamous so-called Cologne attacks,
the mass sex assault experienced across Europe on New Year’s Eve the
professor blamed the violence on the theology, which he described as
taking over some Austrian schools, where women are seen as “a tool of
Rules “setting limits” to the influence of Islam in schools are
needed in Austria, argues the professor, and efforts to integrate
newcomers need to be stepped up. He said: “last year, 90,000 refugees
came come to [Austria], mainly Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis. Is is a fact
that most people have come from Islamic countries. What I would like to
see is a solution that responds to problems openly. The situation we
have, of glossing over or ignoring certain issues does not help us”.
The phenomenon of extremist Islamist groups infiltrating schools and
indoctrinating children from a very young age has also been observed in
other European countries. In Britain the revelation of Islamist entryism
and the displacement of moderate teachers in favour of radicals has
been called the Trojan horse scandal.
Breitbart London reported on the conditions of such schools where Christmas is banned and students are segregated by gender so not to cause discomfort to male teachers in the presence of young girls.
At one of the schools investigated by the government it was found
terms like “Jew boy” were routinely used by staff and pupils as an
insult, along with “Kuffar” and Arabic word meaning ‘unbeliever’.