Conservative Muslims and Christians in Vienna Strengthen Relations
(Kawther Salem) -- by Kawther Salem --
...In Austria and the rest of Europe, the leaders but also the youth of the Muslim communities have become more open minded in their thinking and in their relationships with the Christian conservative and nationalist parties, especially after the long years of experience with the leftists parties, who first discovered Muslim immigrants as sources of votes. It can be slowly seen that that these leftist parties are either unable or unwilling to deliver on their promises to these communities, and that for many, these parties no longer meet the aspirations of the Muslim youth, often not even the aspirations of their traditional clientèle among the non-immigrants.
The left-wing parties have always claimed their defense of the Muslim immigrants and the youth born in Europe, particularly in their propaganda before elections, and the honey and milk promises of the left-wing parties towards these communities are without end. In a similar way as how these leftist parties behave towards their other voter clientele, they are doing the opposite of what they say and promise. Towards their traditional voters, they have brought more unemployment, unjust laws in the fields of education, health-care, housing, social security, retirement and other aspects of politics.
Towards immigrant Muslim communities, instead of integration and an implied “special status while you remain Muslim and ignorant”, they have brought more repressive “anti-terror” laws of israeli-ameriacn design, more suspicions and more difficulties with the native population due to ideology-driven and mismanaged immigration and integration agendas.
It remains to be seen what will come in the long term from the affiliation of the Muslim communities in Vienna with the ÖVP. Given the conservative views of both the traditional ÖVP clientele and the Muslim communities at large as well as the involvement in certain professions, such commerce or medicine, of many exponents of both groups, a pragmatic alliance based on a commonality of views and interests is a likely outcome. In any case, the interest in the Muslim community on part of the ÖVP is a very positive sign for the long-term integration of Muslims into the mainstream Austrian society. It opens the way for a peaceful together, and it opens up a political alternative for the Muslim communities, which until now had generally been the province of leftist parties...MORE...LINK