German politicians propose a ‘religion tax’ for Muslims to counter extremism


December 28, 2018

BERLIN — When Germans file their annual tax returns, religion matters a great deal. If you’re Catholic, tax authorities will likely collect an income tax surcharge of about 10 percent on behalf of your local church. The same applies to most Protestants.

The tax applies to almost all baptized Christians, and church representatives say that the state-enforced payments are crucial in financing cemeteries and community work.

So far, practicing Muslims have been excluded from that rule, but some leading members of the German government’s coalition parties appear determined to change that. Despite criticism from some Muslim communities, they maintain that a state-collected tax for all Muslims would help to boost moderate interpretations of Islam and counter the appeal of wealthy foreign donors who promote more radical interpretations.

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  1. It looks appropriate move to diminish foreign influence exerted on the base of money provided.
    Excellent example in Germany is of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, the only Muslim organisation recognised at state level. Whole funding of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is collected from its members and 100% transparent money transactions are submitted to the financial authorities of German government.

  2. Difficult. How would these funds be used? Who will administer them? Who will decide what to do? Yes, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at has a transparent system. Not sure how this new idea would be implemented.

    • I agree with your concerns mr Rafiq, the financial system in place for The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is perfect and so transparent. However I do need need to point out that the terrorists are not simply funded by the Muslims but mostly but others who love obtaining power and spreading hate and fear. So how is it that fear mongerers get away with it and the a measly population of Muslims get caught in the middle of it all.

      • Yes! A very good point. One ‘Muslim terrorist’ recently arrested had planned a robbery supposed to finance his terror action. And he had a long history of a criminal background. In other words he was simply a criminal, nothing else. Just ‘misusing’ Islamic terminology to make his ‘career of crime’ more interesting.

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