This post is some random pondering related to France's effort to ban foreign funding of Mosques. What I am wondering about is the precedent that will be set in this. When I was working in France, I attended a little Southern Baptist church that was almost certainly receiving foreign subsidies. Theologically the Southern Baptists aren't that much different from the earlier French Huguenots who were brutally exterminated by the Papists. But enough of history.
It seems that the French government's idea was to put a government institution in between the foreign donors and the Mohammedan institutions that receive the funds. Would they do that to Buddhists? It does seem a little like what mainland China does. One quote I like from the article is attributed to a Senate committee:
"On the one hand there is the intent to organise Islam in France in order to have greater control; on the other hand it [Islam] cannot be touched because of the 1905 law. The equation is unsolvable."
Thus, the challenge of how the government is to engineer a Peaceful Islam (note: Islam derives from the word for peace), while simultaneously staying out of religion. The religiously tolerant Romans had a similar issue with the Druids and their human sacrifices, but since the Romans had no concept of the separation of religion and state, their solution did not involve much hand wringing.
I expect things to get much more messy, since political correctness precludes any sensible policies, and then the world will come to an end.