More than a hundreds years ago, Islam became an official religion in Austria. The BBC says that the 1912 law
… has been widely held up as a model for Europe in dealing with Islam.
Now the Austrian parliament has issued an update, and it appears to be a mixed bag.
A key aspect of the new law is that mosques and imams may no longer accept foreign donations. That’s a problem if you take equality seriously, because no such restrictions have been placed on clergy of the Jewish and Christian faith.
Muslim groups … say the [legislation] reflects a widespread mistrust of Muslims and some are planning to contest it in the constitutional court.
[Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz] told the BBC the reforms were a “milestone” for Austria and aimed to stop certain Muslim countries using financial means to exert “political influence.” “What we want is to reduce the political influence and control from abroad and we want to give Islam the chance to develop freely within our society and in line with our common European values,” he said.