Islam, PDL League for Imam Register: sermons only in Italian and Viminal checks

“Islamists do not practice occultism and recognize equality between men and women”

Check the imams by providing a special register at the Interior Ministry and linking the possibility of Islamic preaching to the use of the Italian language. And again, check the funding that comes from abroad and the places and initiatives of a religious community, such as that of the followers of Allah which “is constantly growing, and in 2030 in Italy it will have reached the figure of three million residents, equal to over 5% of the overall population”. This is what the League is asking Parliament to do, with a bill, just presented to the Chamber (first signed by Igor Iezzi) entitled ‘Provisions regarding the exercise of religious confessions without agreements with the Italian State’. Furthermore, the requests to the preachers of Islam to “ban all practices and activities connected or connectable to the doctrine of occultism” and also to adopt “the explicit recognition of equality between men and women” stand out.

In the text divided into 14 points, we start with the art. 1 which “establishes the National Register of Ministers of worship, spiritual trainers and worship leaders belonging to religious denominations that have not entered into agreements with the State”, such as the Islamic one. No longer preachers without history, perhaps just landed in Italy, but certified professionals well known to the Italian authorities. Among the requirements for religious activity there is also knowledge of the Italian language, a language which, as stated in article 3, must be used by “anyone who carries out preaching activities in places of worship”.

The “National Register of places of worship present in the national territory” is also established at the Ministry of the Interior, meaning not only buildings intended for religious services but also properties intended for headquarters of associations, companies or communities of people. A set of realities never registered, which only to stick to the mosques the League, citing sources from the Interior Ministry, estimates at over 1200 structures. “It is also clear, even to the ministry itself – we read again – the connection that these places have with abroad. From 2013 to 2017 alone, the Qatar Charitable Foundation invested 25 million euros for Islamic centers in Italy”.

“Many Muslim associations have their headquarters in private apartments, shops, garages and warehouses which could not be used as mosques: illegal centers of worship where the jihadist danger lurks”, is the alarm raised by Iezzi. Among the principles that must be contemplated in the “statutes of religious confessions or associations” at the center of the law, there must be the “explicit recognition of the democracy and secularity of the Italian State” as well as the “ban on any practice and activity connected or connectable to the doctrine of occultism” and also “the explicit recognition of equality between men and women, of the dignity of man and of the family, in conformity with constitutional principles”.