In response to increased terror attacks perpetrated by extremist Muslims around the world, many nations have implemented policies of outreach and tolerance in the hopes of establishing more positive relationships with the faith’s practitioners.
While that approach has garnered questionable results, one country is trying a different tactic. Angola, according to media sources in that nation, has taken the bold step of outlawing Islam.
The country’s Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, was quoted by an Angolan newspaper recently as saying the “process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights,” noting the religion’s houses of worship “would be closed until further notice.”
Along with Islam, she said dozens of other sects have been prohibited from practicing their faith within Angola.
Each of the faiths, she explained, “are prohibited to conduct worship, so they should keep their doors closed.”
Bento Bento, the provincial governor of Luana, further explained the action against Islam.
Radicals within the faith, he explained, “are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques.”
The nation’s president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, succinctly described the recent development as “the final end of Islamic influence in our country.”
Though the effectiveness of this policy remains to be seen, the Angolan government is at the very least taking action against a force dedicated to destroying its way society and culture. The nation, which has a religious makeup roughly split between Christianity and indigenous faiths, has identified Islam as a threat and has acted accordingly.
Unquestionably, the U.S. operates under a much different system of government which, thankfully, cannot establish or outlaw any religion. When a significant portion of one faith has been so corrupted that its followers support violence and terror, however, leaders owe it to their citizens to take the threat seriously.
Short of banning the religion, America could learn something from Angola about facing the Islamic faith as it exists rather than through the prism of tolerance and political correctness.
–B. Christopher Agee
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