Morocco has enacted a law that restricts the construction of mosques.How delightfully scandalous would it be to find that certain Western governments actively encouraged the Parliamentary measure? The situation is a little more desperate in North Africa than in Europe or the US. So quixotic notions of unfettered religious freedoms for Muslims must be put on hold there (as it is for Christians and Jews throughout most of the Islamic world), pragmatic Western dipolomats are arguing.
Parliament approved legislation that increases supervision over Islamic charities and activities. The new law, passed on Jan. 16, would regulate donations for the construction of mosques, Middle East Newsline reported.
Under the bill, donors must register with Moroccan authorities before establishing or contributing to a mosque fund. The law also stipulated that a special permit would be required for the construction of a Muslim house of worship.
Islamic Affairs Minister Ahmed Al Tawfiq said the law was meant to prevent the exploitation of mosques. Al Tawfiq denied that the legislation was recommended by Morocco's allies in the West.
Parenthetically, I'd love to find out that Western governments are doing just that. Seems to me the best way to regulate the Islamic world is to separate ourselves from it by ending Islamic immigration to North America and Western Europe, write the $300+ billion squandered in Iraq as a tragic loss and pour money into alternative energy projects (creating research prizes or a instituting a sort of Manhattan Project for energy independence) to try and obsolesce Middle Eastern oil, and promise Islamic governments that if they do not sufficiently keep their populations in check--from an unapologetic Western perspective--the US will carpet bomb their capitals, knock them out of power, and kill their (extended) families. Said leaders will have free reign as to how they make this happen.
That Western governments may have encouraged King Mohammad to let his Parliament vote the way it did is just my conjecture. What is more interesting is how this story has received virtually no coverage in Western media. That a country whose population is more than 99% Muslim must create a bureacracy to regulate the construction of, and fundraising for, mosques, is quite telling. It begs the obvious question as to why new mosques are permitted to be built in Dearborn, Birmingham, or Paris. Yet a week after the Parliamentary vote in Morocco (and I can't find a breakdown of how overwhelmingly the 600+ representatives voted in favor of the measure, which Islamic parties oppose), it's all quiet on the western front.