Monday, July 26, 2004

DOES ANYONE really think this will solve anything?
The Spanish government has begun formal discussions on a proposal to subsidize mosques in an effort to make them less dependent on financing from extremist groups abroad, according to government officials.

The proposal, which legal scholars say is likely to test the limits of Spain's separation of church and state, reflects a widespread belief among counterterrorism officials here that Spanish mosques are vulnerable to the influences of extremist groups because they feel the need to turn to them for financing.
While it's certainly true that money is a factor, it is not the only one affecting the extremism in the Islamic places of worship. Subsidizing them won't prevent the possibility that 'obscure' funds keep coming in order to fund more spurious motives. I'm not sure if this proposal will only put even more money in the hands of extremists. Plus, it goes against the grain of what should be one of the basic principles of a modern democracy: the separation between church and state. Yes, I know the Catholic church is currently subsidized. I personally think this should stop too, although there's the undeniable factor that it is the most widespread religion in Spain. And no bunch of Catholics have blown the lives of 192 innocent train commuters in the name of Jesus Christ after listening to prayers in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as far as I know.