Angola Bans The Islamic ReligionBy: Lindsay McCane - November 26, 2013
The African country, Angola, has declared the Islamic religion illegal, becoming the first country to do so. Until further notice, the predominantly Christian community, has ordered that all mosques be shut down. It has been reported that some mosques have already been destroyed with the possibility of more demolition to come.
“The legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights [and] their mosques will be closed until further notice,” said minister of culture Rosa Cruz e Silva said on Friday, November 22.
The Muslims account for less than one percent of the country’s total population of 19 million people. “This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country,” President Jose Edurado dos Santos said.
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Islam is not the only religion that has been banned in the country. 194 other sects have been outlawed, and, according to Sliva, more may soon be banned as well. “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 said. “Besides these, there is a long list of more than 1,000 applications to be authorized.”[Image via Wikimedia Commons]