The Fribourg branch of the conservative right Swiss People's Party launched an initiative on Wednesday to close down the Centre for Islam and Society, which it suspects will become a religious school for imams in the future.

The central committee of the anti-immigration party voted in favour of amending the Fribourg cantonal constitution by introducing "a legal basis for preventing the creation of the Islamic centre as originally planned and preventing the establishment of a state-funded training centre for imams".

The creators of the initiative emphasised their commitment to the Catholic heritage of the Fribourg theological faculty. They rejected accusations of Islamophobia but expressed their mistrust in the long-term objectives of the Islamic centre, especially the possibility that it could become a state-funded religious training school for imams.

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