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    Marcus Knuth, the integration spokesman for the Danish ruling party Venstre, suggested on Thursday deporting all foreign imams from the country after hidden recordings of an imam at the Grimhoj Mosque in Aarhus saying adulterers should be stoned and children should be beaten if they fail to pray emerged.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, opposition leader Mette Frederiksen of the Social Democrats put forward a proposal that the European states should create a joint system to combat radical imams that would result in deportations of those preachers, who incite hatred and violence.

    "I believe we should go further [than the proposed European cooperation], and see whether we can deport all foreign imams that come to Denmark. I’m not saying it’s possible under current laws, but we should look into it," Knuth was quoted by the Danish Ritzau news agency as saying.

    Abu Bilal Ismail, the mosque’s imam, has previously been known for his inflammatory remarks. In July 2014, he was filmed, calling on God to "destroy the Zionist Jews."

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