Gergely Gulyás, right-hand man to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, has declared that there will be no more mosques in Hungary in light of jihad attacks across the West that can often be traced back to a perpetrator’s mosque.
Gulyás addressed a direct question on the matter in an interview with Hungarian journalist, Zsolt Bayer, during a discussion about the recent jihadist massacre of innocent Americans and tourists in New York City.
“I do not want to put you on the spot, so if you like, you can say ‘pass’ – where the mosques are, there is trouble…” Bayer said.
“That is correct,” Gulyás agreed. “So in Hungary, there will be no mosques. This is how we can react to this.”
“We must clearly say, that in this situation, concerning our safety, it would have negative consequences.”
“We are sorry if someone is the loser of this situation, but we can’t change our point of view, because this is not only a case of religious freedom, but a question of a nation’s safety,” he explained.
Bayer concurred, highlighting a point that many have raised as Islamic terror attacks become more frequent: radicalized jihadists are often ‘known to authorities’ ahead of time, as are their mosques, as was the case in the New York attack.
Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national who entered the U.S. via the ‘Diversity Visa Letter Program,’ attended a mosque in Paterson, New Jersey, that had been under NYPD surveillance since 2005, and had also been the subject of federal investigations. Saipov would go on to drive a rented truck along a busy Manhattan bike path, killing eight and injuring a dozen more.
“Wherever radical Islam finds its way in and is allowed to settle, such events could occur at any time, at any minute,” Gulyás said. “Let’s make it clear: nobody wants to limit the individual freedom of religion, but in the case of Islam, national security issues must be considered, because if someone is not doing that, then they can just make regretful statements about radicalization and many such large terror attacks could happen.”
“And the fact that the Islamic State is losing in the present war will make the situation worse, not better, because their soldiers will be coming to fight here.”
These concerns are seemingly corroborated in a shocking report by the BBC that claims ISIS fighters were not only allowed by US/UK forces to escape Raqqa, but that Syrian truck and bus drivers were paid to evacuate them to safety, potentially enabling them to slip back into Europe.
“The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.”
There are approximately 5,000 Muslims in Hungary, compromising roughly %.05 of the population, and there are effectively no operational mosques with the exception of a handful of small Islamic meeting centers.
Prime Minister Orbán and his Fidesz Party, of which Gulyás is a top-ranking member, have taken a hardline stance against the Islamization of Europe and related migrant invasion, vowing to defend “Christian civilization” and even provide refuge to Christians from Western European countries that have become dangerous and hostile in many areas.