[Rushtalk] demolish all mosques

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Nov 25 21:35:29 MST 2013

Angola bans Islam, will demolish all mosques

Angola bans Islam, will demolish all mosques

9:02 AM 11/25/2013

A number of newspapers in the region are 
reporting that the Republic of Angola has 
outlawed Islam, apparently in an effort to thwart 
the spread of Muslim radicalism in the country.

Among them was La Nouvelle Tribune, a 
French-language newspaper out of Morocco, 
the International Business Times.

La Nouvelle Tribune observed that a minaret on an 
Angolan mosque had been removed previously. Also, 
in the small city of Zango, not far from the 
capital of Luanda, government officials reportedly destroyed a mosque.

The Moroccan paper quoted Angola’s minister of 
culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, for details.

“The process of legalization of Islam has not 
been approved by the Ministry of Justice and 
Human Rights,” Cruz e Silva said. “Their mosques 
would be closed until further notice.”

The ban, which includes an order to destroy all 
mosques in the country, isn’t specific to Islam, 
to India Today. Other faiths which don’t meet 
government approval will face the same restrictions.

“All sects on the list published by the Ministry 
of Justice and Human Rights in the Angolan 
newspaper ‘Jornal de Angola’ are prohibited to 
conduct worship, so they should keep their doors 
closed,” Cruz e Silva was quoted by as saying by the Cameroon Voice.

It’s not clear which other religions are included.

Other government officials firmly agreed with the culture minister.

Bento Francisco Bento, governor of the country’s 
Luanda province, has declared that radical Muslims are “not welcome in Angola.”

“This is the final end of Islamic influence in 
our country,” added Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos.

to the CIA’s World Factbook, the people of Angola 
are mostly a mix of local tribes. There’s a very 
small minority of Europeans. There’s also a 
healthy 22 percent representation from ethnic groups called “other.”

About 50 percent of the people in Angola practice 
indigenous religious beliefs. Roman Catholics 
make up 38 percent of the population. Protestants make up 15 percent.

To whatever extent adherents of Islam are living 
among the 18 million or so inhabitants in Angola, 
then, the population is by all accounts very small.

Portuguese is the official language of Angola. 
The country is slightly less than twice the size of Texas.

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