Denmark has become the latest European nation to counter the encroachment of radical Islam by proposing a bill to ban the funding of mosques by Muslim countries, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, writes that Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland already have adopted “varying degrees of action to prevent foreign governments from financing the construction and upkeep of mosques.”
The Danish bill doesn’t actually identify Islam.
But it fines any entity that receives a donation exceeding $1,600 over 12 months from any group or government on a “public ban list” that seeks to “undermine democracy.”
Kern noted that Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates routinely have been funding mosques to promote “Islamic extremism,” donating hundreds of millions of dollars.
The new Danish law, Act 81, Proposal for a Law Prohibiting the Receipt of Donations from Certain Natural and Legal Persons, was adopted by the Danish Parliamnet in a 79-7 vote.
It was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Integration.
Foreign Minister Mattias Tesfaye said the bill “is an important step towards fighting attempts by Islamic extremists to gain ground in Denmark.”
“With this, we can take a targeted approach to the d