Posted by: becketfund | April 13, 2010

Nigeria: Politicians Debate Bill Intended to Curb Religious Extremism

BORNO – Politicians are debating the Islamic Preaching Bill, a bill intended to curb religious extremism by outlawing preaching likely to cause a breach of the peace as well as requiring most clerics to obtain a preaching license, the BBC reported on April 13.  The bill is an attempt to prevent a recurrence of the violence that spread across Nigeria’s northern states in July 2009 when supporters of an Islamic sect called Boko Haram, known locally as the “Taliban,” attacked police and government offices.

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