Italy: Islam Not Recognized as a Religion — Denied Religious Tax Status

Original Post dated: August 2010

Italy has denied religious status to Islam. Politicians cited extremist (fundamentalist) imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women’s rights by Muslim immigrants as obstacles to recognizing Islam as an official religion in Italy.

Until now, the government had earmarked 8 percent of income tax revenue for Italy’s established churches. The great majority of these funds go to the Catholic Church, although if they wish, individual tax payers may elect to give the money to charities and cultural projects instead.

Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome’s Grand Mosque. Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women’s rights by Muslims immigrants as obstacles to recognising Islam as an official religion in Italy.

Until now, only the Catholic Church, Judaism and other established churches including Lutherans, Evangelists, Waldensians and 7th-day Adventists have received the income tax revenue from the Itallain government.

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4 replies

  1. With Mr. Berlusconi’s behavior should the tax status on the Catholic Church have been reversed? Ah – I forgot – he lost his job already, but not because of his polygamous nature.

  2. Very kind of Italian government that they did not impose Inquisition on Muslims.
    In Spanish Inquisition, they killed,forcibaly converted & exiled all the Jews & Muslims.

  3. Oh! You poor muslims…your so mistreated aren’t you? How many Christians, Jews and people of other faiths have the faithful followers of Mohammed, have you murdered or tortured in the last 20 years?

  4. Compare that to some so called Muslim governments that enable murders of their own people just because they claim to be Muslims.Henry has a valid point.

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