Monday, January 4, 2010

Islamic Country Bans Religion in Politics.

That's something you don't hear every day. Bangladesh's Supreme Court threw out a constitutional amendment that has allowed "religion-based politics."
“All politics based on religion are going to be banned as per the original constitution,” [Law Minister] Ahmed said. The move follows the Awami League’s sweep to power in 2008 elections, which saw them beat the BNP with a landslide. The new government outlawed a controversial Islamic party in October, accusing it of destabilising the country. “We want to reinstate the original constitution. Secularism was a pillar of the 1972 constitution,”
In practice the ban outlaws religion-based political parties. Islam remains the state religion of Bangladesh. Regardless of its limitations, it still appears to be a positive step.

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