12 April 2021
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Plans are underway for a new mega-mosque in London - timed for completion for the London Olympics and backed by London mayor Ken Livingstone. There has been much discussion regarding claims that the planning process in being short -circuited.
The Telegraph newspaper reported:
It will be called the London Markaz and it is intended to be a significant Islamic landmark whose prominence and stature will be enhanced by its proximity to the Olympic site. When television viewers around the world see aerial views of the stadium during the opening ceremony in six years' time, the most prominent religious building in the camera shot will not be one of the city's iconic churches that have shaped the nation's history, such as St Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, but the mega-mosque.
Its arrival in London will be a significant coup for Islam and a major event for the country as a whole. It will also make Abu Izzadeen's depiction of that part of east London as "a Muslim area" seem remarkably prescient.
One Islamic web site says:
......However, although the planning application for the Mega mosque has not yet been submitted, there is a 49,981 signature petition AGAINST building the Mosque. This petition was created and promoted by those affiliated with far right groups and with strong racist and Islamophobic views. What is more concerning is that it has been estimated that at least 2500 of the signatures are from Muslims......
Should Christians be concerned about this proposal? Or is this an acceptable feature in a country proud of its religious freedoms?
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