Mosque Tax is similar to the Church tax which the Catholics and Protestants give to fund the religious activities of the Church.
The Church tax is collected by the state authorities and then provided to the religious authorities or the ones in the chain of command. This will eliminate the need to collect/or request fund from foreign sources.
A senior member in the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), Thorsten Frei, told Die Welt news daily that a Mosque Tax was “an important step” that would allow “Islam in Germany to emancipate itself from foreign states.”
Frei who is the Vice-chief of the Union faction in the Bundestag Thorsten Frei (CDU) was speaking on the issue of Mosque Tax with the online edition of the Die Welt on Wednesday.
Germany has seen violent clashes in its Eastern part this September as the migration from Muslim nations has increased. State Secretary for the Interior Ministry Markus Kerber, after a week of violent far-right clashes in September 2018, said that the foreign influence on the German Muslims was under scanner. He had said that foreign influencers will not be allowed to tell German Muslims how to practice their faith. He also encouraged the need for ‘German Islam.’
The German Foreign Ministry had earlier requested that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and other Gulf nations provide any donations/funds or state subsidies intended for the Mosques in Germany.
As per the news daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and German broadcasters WDR and NDR, the government has involved domestic and foreign intelligence services to monitor who sends the money and who receives it.
Chancellor Merkel is widely seen as a ‘Liberal” politician when it comes to refugees but now, if eve she has to relent and walk the talk of Far-Right vis-a-vis on Mosque Tax, then it shows that she is well aware that now the mood of the public is changing.
Why Mosque Tax now?
Germany has been on edge after the horrific and violent sex attacks that took place in Cologne on December 31st, 2015. The attackers were said to be mainly Arabian or North African. It turned the tide against the refugees and for the first time made German far-right’s suspicion against mass-migration seem valid.
The sexual assaults on German women and girls made global headlines, triggered a fierce backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy which mostly benefited the Muslims. Far-Right spoke at length over the radicalized youth being allowed inside without any plans on how best to absorb them in the German culture. It is in this context that the Mosque Tax needs to be seen.