Sadly, the report from Angola appears not to be correct, and that nation has not banned Islam. The alleged policy has been denied by elements in the Angolan Government.
Although this erroneous story appears to have come from African and Asian newspapers that doesn’t mean that non-Muslim countries putting restrictions on the practise of Islam isn’t a good idea in itself. It is now becoming blindingly obvious that although there are many individual Muslims who are good, loyal productive citizens, there are also many more who show open hostility to our societies, are not acting on any way that could be described as ‘good’ and are also non-productive welfare spongers.
We in free democratic countries do need to place Islam under some form of restriction or sanction because the problems that Islam brings both to the host nations where it has been imposed and those born into and trapped by Islam are getting worse.
Because Islam is overtly hostile to the practise of religions other than Islam, then there is a case for not allowing this oppressive ideology to take advantage of the rights of religious freedom and freedom of conscience that are present in Western societies and have been created by a Judeao-Christian ethical and moral heritage.
Although I respect the views of Mr Robert Spencer, who has said that this story is false, I feel that he may be mistaken in thinking that you cannot ban or restrict belief systems as that is against basic human rights. On the whole I agree with that point of view but there are precedents where restrictions on belief systems are morally and politically acceptable. Such examples were the restrictions on Roman Catholics taking part in politics in the UK whilst Catholicism was a political and military threat and the extensive policy of de-Nazification by the Allies in post war West Germany.
Both these examples show how a belief system was suppressed in a particular geopolitical area for very good reasons. Now that there are no longer jackbooted Germans laying waste to a continent or Popes trying to destabilise Protestant nations, then there is no need for such restrictions. When an ideology is a problem there should not be an issue with restricting the practise or manifestation of that particular ideology. I also believe in freedom of conscience but Islam is a threat to that freedom which is why restrictions on it are morally and ethically justifiable. I’d be quite happy to share my world with a peaceful non-aggressive Islam but unfortunately Islam is not peaceful and often very aggressive.
This story about Angola may be false and I and many others may have been caught out by it, but it should give food for thought. The future of dealing with the West’s Islam problem (and remember it is not the individual Muslim that is the problem it is the ideology of Islam that is at issue here) must surely lie with governmental action, and not as I so often warn against, mobs of angry people with flaming torches taking out their anger on mosques, corner shops, kebab houses etc. There is a burning anger out there about the negative effects Islam has had on our societies and the best way to deal with it would be to vote for those candidates who tell the truth about Islam. If you continue to vote for appeasers then appeasement is all you will get.
Robert Spencer’s article on the alleged ban on Islam in Angola