ANGOLA BANS ISLAM
ANGOLA (a Southwest African Nation) BECOMES THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO BAN AND OUTLAW ISLAM – DESTROYES MOQUES; RADICAL ISLAMISTS NOT WELCOME IN ANGOLA
LUANDA – Angola (a Southwest African nation) has banned Islam.
Angola condemned Islam as "illegal".
Different Mosques have been destroyed.
The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
The Mosques would be closed until further notice.
Rosa Cruz e Silva, the Angolan Minister of Culture, during her visit last Tuesday to the 6th Commission of the National Assembly was quoted by Agence Ecofin on Friday, November 22.
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She asserted that the decision was the latest is a series of efforts to ban ‘illegal’ religious sects.
The Angolan government would also be obliged to update the current national context as a way of fighting the rise of new religious congregation whose religious assemblies are contrary to “habits and customs to Angolan culture,” Silva added.
The anti-Islam comments were not the first by Angolan officials.
“This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country,” President José Eduardo dos Santos was quoted by Osun Defender newspaper on Sunday, November 24.
Last October, Muslims from the urban municipality of Viana, Luanda, attended the destruction of the minaret of their mosque Zengo.
The provincial governor of Luanda, Bento Bento, said "Radical Muslims are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques."
According to CIA Factbook, 47% of Angolans practice indigenous beliefs, 38% Roman Catholic and 15% Protestant.
Official numbers, cited in the US State Department 2012 International Religious Rights Report, say that Islam in Angola is a minority religion with 80,000-90,000 adherents.
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