Sydney: An Australian politician has branded Islam as a `religion from hell` and claimed that building mosques in the country is high treason.
The candidate for the Prime Minister`s seat of Griffith, Sherrilyn Church, who is from the Rise Up Australia Party, said her top policy priority in the election is to ban the building of mosques in the electorate, south of Brisbane.
According to the Courier Mail, Church said that Islam was not primarily a religion but a system of law because to the Islamic mind the existence of a mosque in an area means they believe that Sharia law applies and the Islamic flag must fly.
The 61-year-old said she believed the Muslim faith and democratic citizenship were fundamentally incompatible.
Islamic College of Brisbane chairman Mohammed Yusuf offended by the comments, said that Christianity and Islam were fundamentally the same and the Sharia is compatible with Australia life and `does not affect anybody else,` the report added.