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The German government is considering a new “mosque tax” for the German Muslim community to pay for its own mosques rather than rely on foreign funding.
Similar to the church tax, the proposal is backed by Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentary group vice-president Thorsten Frei who argued that a tax would allow Muslims in Germany to break free of foreign influences, Die Welt reports.
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Mr Frei said the aim of the tax would be “that Islam in Germany emancipates itself from the influence of foreign states and gains a stronger domestic orientation.”
Michael Frieser of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) also backs the concept saying, “The goal must be self-financing to ensure the independence of the mosque communities,” and added that the tax would make funding of mosques less opaque than is the case with some foreign funding.
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The Social Democrats (SPD), which are also part of the grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and the CSU, are also open to the idea according to SPD expert...
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