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Bangladesh mass mosque-building programme condemned
22 May 2018
Christians and other religions minorities have spoken out against a $1 billion mosque-building programme launched by the Bangladesh government.
Authorities plan to build 560 “model mosques” across the country. Speaking at the inauguration of the project, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister claimed the programme will “combat extremism” because the state-funded mosques will counter extremist ideology, adding, “We want a good image of our holy religion to be upheld.”
Christian leaders have countered the claims, with one stating, “If the government was really enthusiastic about fighting extremism, it should have fixed mosques accused of spreading radical Islam and also promoted education and awareness against militancy … Building hundreds of mosques with state funds … is a kind of discrimination against other religions.”