Who’s minding the mosque?

27.07.2011                      25.Tammus, 5771

Arabien:

Who’s minding the mosque?

New freedoms, differing standards amid the Arab Spring complicates the job of government censors monitoring mosque sermons.

Whether as a conduit for government policy or the headquarters for insurgencies, mosques have always played an important political role in political events. But the ArabSpring is playing havoc with the simple rules that once prevailed and complicating the jobs of government mosque-minders.
On Sunday, the Kuwaiti daily Al-Watan reported that preachers who speak out against Syrian President Bashar Assad are bring arrested, whereas sermons targeting the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi are permitted and even encouraged. "This is a political decision," an unnamed source in Kuwait's Ministry of Religious Endowments told the daily. "The Endowments Ministry receives its orders from the Foreign Ministry."…