Posted by: becketfund | September 16, 2008

Italy: Government Curbs Growth of Islam with Mosque Law

ROME – Italy’s Northern League, allies of the center-right Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, are attempting to block the growth of Islam by preventing the construction of mosques through new regulations, Reuters reported on September 16. Their proposed bill would ban mosques from being built within a kilometer (0.6 miles) of a church, require that imams preach in Italian, link the size of the mosque to the number of the congregation, and forbid muezzins from using loudspeakers to call the faithful to prayer. The president of the Islamic Cultural Institute of Milan, Abdel Hamid Sha’ari, told Reuters that the Northern League has “made life difficult for the Islamic component (of immigrants in Italy) in every sense and especially with regards to places of worship.”

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