The minister commissioned a study of Islamic kindergartens and associated educational groups in Austria, and was shocked by the findings.
The report, prepared by Professor Ednan Aslan at the Institute for Islamic Studies at the University of Vienna, made for disturbing reading.
According to a report in the Kurier newspaper, the report suggests that many Muslim parents in Austria are seeking to establish a parallel world, which isolates their children from any non-Islamic influences during their formative years.
“Many parents want to create a one hundred percent Islamic environment for their children,” said Aslan.
This was usually motivated by a key question asked by the parents: “How do we protect our children from the majority society, before moral decay begins?”
As a result, a competition has now arisen between the kindergartens, as to which one could offer the most conservative and most religious environment.
There are 150 Islamic kindergartens in Vienna, most of which receive state funding. “I am convinced that we should close many of these facilities right away,” said Kurz.