Not True: Angola Denies Burning Mosques & Banning Islam

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Stories had recently flooded the internet that Angola had banned Islam and was destroying mosques, but it seems that there may be no truth to the rumors.

An official at the Angolan Embassy in Washington, D.C., who did not want to be identified while discussing the sensitive matter, told IBTimes that there is no such ban, and that the reports are erroneous.

“The Republic of Angola … it’s a country that does not interfere in religion,” the official said via telephone Monday afternoon. “We have a lot of religions there. It is freedom of religion. We have Catholic, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people.”

News of Angola’s supposed ban on Islam originated in the African press, which went so far as to quote the nation’s president and minister of culture offering statements that suggested the premise of the reports was accurate.

A second official at the Angolan Embassy in the U.S. reiterated that the diplomatic seat has not been made aware of any ban on Islam in the country.

“At the moment we don’t have any information about that,” the official told IBTimes via phone on Monday. “We’re reading about it just like you on the Internet. We don’t have any notice that what you’re reading on the Internet is true.”

 

Wana

Wana

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  1. I smell a rat here. A common tactic of radical Muslims (and most radicals, including Leftists) is to plant a false flag and bait a government and/or country to respond. That way, the minority “oppressed” group (in this case, being Muslims) will be provoked into protesting – even violently – which will prompt the government to respond – preferably in a manner that is perceived to be excessive. Then, as chaos ensues and lives are lost, that minority of Muslims receive funding (and one-sided coverage from the Western media) from outside Islamic groups which eventually empowers them to overwhelm the government. depose it, gain power, and establish Shariah – or to simply destroy an “unbelieving” nation to the point of disrepair. I sincerely believe that some Leftists, who are often Islamist sympathizers, and have an equal hatred for the West or Western-friendly countries, as well as a condescending view of blacks, may be behind this rumor. They are usually white racists, who feel that blacks should not be as or more prosperous than they are or have any hope of economic independence from Western donors. Part of the impetus behind this is jealousy and a supremacist mindset, one that strangely is only put at ease when it confirms that the “inferior” people are just that. They also use divide-and-conquer tactics against Africans, running to one ethnic group or sect and claiming the other is oppressing them. Likewise, Islamists spread rumors to destabilize predominantly Christian/liberal countries, especially now, the ones that are black African… considering the aggressive push of Jihad throughout the continent recently (Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, etc). This brings something I was reading to mind about Abdel Nasser of Egypt, how in the 50’s he stirred Ethiopian Muslims and Somalis against the mostly Christian kingdom of Ethiopia in a blatant attempt to break it apart. I believe this was partly motivated by fear of who would control the Nile waters and a superiority complex of the Egyptians. I believe a similar game is being played with Angola. First of all radical Muslims want Shariah to reign supreme in every habitable corner of the earth. No place is off limits for them. But another reason is simply jealousy. Islamists don’t like to see prosperity in countries where there is religious freedom, democracy, and definitely not where a Catholic (I presume) leadership governs a Muslim minority. This might sound like a stretch to some people, but I also think that they want the oil and diamonds from Angola, particularly as the spoils of war (Jihad) that they have practically started in word. My advice to Angolans is to not get in a back-and-forth debate with Islamic advocacy groups or liberal media. Just leave them to their own devices. You’ve already denied the reports. But at the same time, quietly keep an eye on those who are railing against you, especially this one hater by the name of Anjem Choudary.

    1. @LM it is impossible to have sharia law in Angola when less than 0.5% of the population are Muslims.Most of them are foreigners.

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