In a TV interview, Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, the Egyptian minister of religious endowment, said that the "colonialist Zionist force" sponsors and supports atheism and homosexuality in an effort to undermine the stability of the region. He was speaking in an interview on Al-Hayat TV, which aired on September 21 and was posted on the Internet.
Following are excerpts:
Interviewer: How do you explain the spread of atheism in our society? Has it become a widespread phenomenon?
Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa: Yes, it has. There are two reasons for this atheism. One reason is the hijacking of religious discourse by the extremists and terrorists. Some people have their own opinion about our religion. The other reason is the colonialist Zionist force, which sponsors and supports atheists and atheism, and finances homosexuals and homosexuality, in order to fragment this society.
They want to undermine the stability of our region any way they can – by means of terrorism, of atheism, of nihilism, and of deviance. So we must confront atheism, nihilism, homosexuality, and moral depravity the same way we confront extremism and terrorism. Our society cannot thrive unless we take a moderate approach.