Austrian President Condemns FPO Attack on Islam

January 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Wiener Zeitung

Austrian President Heinz Fischer has "decisively condemned" Graz FPO politician Susanne Winter's attack on Islam.

Fischer added during his New Year's reception for the diplomatic corps Tuesday that Winter's remarks were "not the voice of Austria but one that we must distance ourselves from."

Winter, who heads her party's list for the January 20 city municipal election, has defended her attack on Islam at her party's Sunday New Year's meeting in the city. She has said that she will stand by her position. "I don't know what I should retract."

Winter had stated that Islamic prophet Mohammed had been "a child molester" and written the Koran "during epileptic fits." She also called Islam "a totalitarian system of domination."