An Islamists dream come true.
The current government of Maldives will not give place for any religion other than Islam; President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said today. Addressing a gathering at H.A Atoll Ihavandhoo island (on a campaign trip for the upcoming presidential elections), Gayoom said that some outsiders (governments, associations..etc) are not happy because Maldives is a hundred percent Muslim country, and these outsiders are working to get this place for other religions. “But there is no place for that (in Maldives)” said Gayoom.
He also said that the government attaches a very high priority to protect the Islamic unity in Maldives and that have been the very first and one of the most important tasks he began after coming to power (in 1978).
And you’ll be punished if you wear a crucifix, or carry a Bible. And they call critics of Islam intolerant?
After Gayoom came to power the constitution of the Maldives have been amended to make president of Maldives “the supreme authority to propagate the tenets of Islam in the Maldives” (Article 38, Constitution). And also a “Protection of Religious Unity of Maldivians Act”, was introduced. Maldivians who convert to other religions,simply speak contrary to the government approved version of Islam, sometimes even for wearing a crucifix or simply carrying a bible are punished under this law. Gayoom is an Islamic Scholar who did his masters in Islamic Sharia and Civil Law, at Al Azhar University of Egypt.