Countries (and states) That Ban Islam
from The Gray Area:
email circulating widely profess the expanding view of many countries that Islam, and specifically Sharia law, are not welcome. Is this true or just some hoax?
We did a little investigation.
Below are 13 countries (in no particular order), plus 21 states in the USA, that we could verify are concerned enough about Islamic radicals to have banned Islam (in some fashion) in their country.
Another African country bans Islamic veil for women over terror attacks; Chad, Congo-Brazzaville
France was the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places.
Angola: As of late 2013, the Angolan government does not legally recognize any Muslim organizations; as a result, mosques in the country have faced restrictions and many have been shut down by the government
Japan. While Japan strives to maintain civil relationships with Islamic countries for economic reasons, inside the country, Muslims are required to practice their religion quietly in their own homes and are prohibited from overtly endeavoring to convert anyone to Islam. Out of Japan’s nearly 127 million occupants, only 10,000 of them, less than one hundredth of a percent, are Muslims. Part of that has to do with their ban on Islamic evangelism but perhaps even more so on their ban of Muslim immigrants.
Poland. From January 1, 2013, Poland's Muslims and Jews were both affected by a ban on ritual slaughter after lawmakers deemed halal and kosher practices "incompatible with animal rights legislation", specifically the Animal Protection Law of 1997. In December 2014, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled the ban unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated freedom of religion guaranteed by the Polish laws and constitution.
United States. These 16 (21) States Are Trying To Ban Sharia Law. Alabama joined Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee with similar foreign law bans. Other states considering similar bans include Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.