Doug Harper points out that the dhimmi Spanish government, true to the dhimmi principles that it rode to power after the 3/11 bombings, is going to start paying money to mosques. The stated purpose is to make them less dependent upon foreign money, i.e., terror financing from the Saudis or Osama or whomever.
This is the sort of harebrained scheme that only true sons of Aethelred the Unready could dream up, or perhaps more precisely true sons of Marx and Engels, so besotted with socialism and materialism that they can’t fathom the possibility that anyone could be motivated by anything other than the desire for material gain. The jihad? Pah. They just want money. Let’s give them some and they’ll quiet down.
Pull up a chair and watch, folks. Al-Andalus is advancing with amazing rapidity. I await news of the reinauguration of the mosque of CÃ³rdoba.
From the New York Times:
MADRID, Aug. 2 – The Spanish government has begun formal discussions on a proposal to expand financing to religious institutions, and security officials say that one intention is to subsidize mosques to make them less dependent on money from militant groups abroad.
The Justice Ministry 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 militant groups because they feel the need to turn to the militants for money….
“It’s about keeping them from having to look outside for financing because the state does not, in a way, support their activities,” Antonio Camacho, the secretary of state security at the Interior Ministry, said in an interview.
Spanish investigators said the terrorists who blew up four trains in Madrid on March 11, killing 191 people, attended mosques here that had ties to Wahhabism, a militant form of Islam that is the predominant doctrine in Saudi Arabia.
Spain has six formally established mosques and 220 to 230 small, informal ones, according to the Islamic Commission of Spain, which is recognized by the government as the official voice of Spain’s Muslims.
The proposal to finance mosques has stoked opposition from conservatives. An editorial in the center-right newspaper El Mundo said it was a mistake because Islam “does not defend tolerance.”
Counterterrorism specialists, however, have backed the idea. JesÃºs NÃºÃ±ez Villaverde, director of the Institute for the Study of Conflicts and Humanitarian Action, a research organization, told Parliament recently that Spain must find a way to dilute the presence of “fundamentalist religious expression that is financed through its own channels, and for which we have not one single instrument of influence, contact or association.”
And he thinks that if they get money from the Spanish government, they’ll be susceptible to its influence? Sure. Just like the Danes were influenced by Aethelred’s gold to go easy on England.