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VIDEO: Texas Kids Sing ‘We Are Khamenei’s Soldiers’

In a shocking video (watch below), a group of Texas kids was captured singing that they are the “followers” and “soldiers” of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“We are your followers, we are your soldiers and together we can all be your power,” the children sang during a recent celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

The event took place in the Islamic Education Center of Houston, a Shiite mosque in Texas.

MEMRI translated the video that was posted on the Islamic Center’s YouTube Channel. The video in question starts with 10th-grader Morteza Kazemian speaking about sanctions on Iran and how, despite the sanctions, the country is still a success.

The more disturbing part, however, shows a group of kids younger than Kazemian. In the video, the group sings about Khamenei and refers to themselves as his “soldiers.”

Khamenei is the leader of the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism. For children in America to be signing his praises and referring to themselves as his soldiers is alarming to say the least.

The Islamic Revolution in 1979 in Iran overthrew the shah and put into power Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a radical Islamist cleric. After Khomeini’s death, he was replaced by Iran’s current leader, Ali Khamenei.

COLUMN BY

Justen Charters

Justen Charters is a research analyst with the Clarion Intelligence Network.

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EDITORS NOTE: This Clarion Project column with video is republished with permission.

Philadelphia mosque where imam preached Jew-hatred says they’re ‘shocked and outraged’ that he did [Video]

“We are shocked and outraged to learn that one of our guest speakers said reprehensible anti-Jewish remarks on the floor of Al-Aqsa,” said mosque official Chukri Khorchid, but it’s more likely that he is shocked and outraged that one of their guest speakers got caught making reprehensible anti-Jewish remarks.

There you go again, Spencer, you greasy Islamophobe, always assuming the worst — right? In this case, as in so many others, there are eminently sound reasons for doing so.

As I showed here, what the imam Abdelmohsen Abouhatab preached was based on passages from the Qur’an and Hadith. What’s more, the Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).

“War is deceit,” said Muhammad (Bukhari 4.52.268).

An update on this story. “North Philadelphia mosque officials apologize for anti-Semitic statements delivered in sermons by guest imam,” by Kristin E. Holmes, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 2019:

Officials at a North Philadelphia mosque known for its commitment to interreligious dialogue have apologized for anti-Semitic statements made by a guest imam during several sermons delivered there over the last few months.

The comments in Arabic by Imam Abdelmohsen Abouhatab at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society included a reference to Jews as “the vilest” people, according to videotaped excerpts released last week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors and translates Arabic and Muslim media….

The Inquirer has confirmed the accuracy of the translation with several area professors who are fluent in Arabic.

Al-Aqsa leaders condemned the comments in a statement on the mosque’s website.

“We are shocked and outraged to learn that one of our guest speakers said reprehensible anti-Jewish remarks on the floor of Al-Aqsa,” Chukri Khorchid, secretary of the mosque’s board of trustees, and Imam Mohamed Shehata said in a statement posted on the Al-Aqsa Society website. “This in no way represents our beliefs or policies. We condemn this action and will make sure that this never happens again.”…

Officials of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Philadelphia reached out to the mosque after learning about the statements and were told that Al-Aqsa Society leaders had launched an investigation and also affirmed that “hate against Jews or any group” would not be tolerated, according to a statement released Saturday by the ADL.

“We are grateful for Al-Aqsa’s rapid and resolute response, and we will continue to serve as a resource to the mosque as they work to combat anti-Semitism,” the ADL statement said. “As we have often said while standing alongside our Interfaith partners in the wake of acts of bigotry: anti-Semitism and hate have no place in our communities.”…

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column with video is republished with permission.

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle supported community kitchen in mosque linked to 19 jihadists

Experts say the Duchess of Sussex has been ‘poorly advised’ and a simple internet search should have raised some questions.”

By whom?

“Meghan’s community kitchen housed in mosque ‘linked to 19 jihadists,’” by Jane Wharton, Metro, November 24, 2018:

A community kitchen supported by Meghan Markle is housed inside a mosque that has been connected to 19 extremists, it has emerged.

Experts say the Duchess of Sussex has been ‘poorly advised’ and a simple internet search should have raised some questions.

Meghan visited the Al Manaar Hubb Community Kitchen in a West London mosque after helping them write a cookbook following the devastating Grenfell fire disaster.

The Hubb lease the space in the mosque, which is run by Imam Samer Darwish, who has preached a number of inflammatory views on social media.

He has said that girls who listen to music may become strippers and women should not pray on their period or cry when visiting graves.

The anti-extremism think tank, Henry Jackson Society (HJS), has also linked the mosque to 19 jihadists, according to the Telegraph.

They include three of the four so-called ‘Beatles’, the Isis terror cell charged with torturing and killing hostages in Syria and Iraq….

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured image is from Facebook.

Christian Sweden issues stamp featuring a mosque!

“Postnord launches stamp with mosque,” translated from “Postnord lanserar frimärke med moské,” Fria Tider, October 21, 2017 (thanks to Vikram):

Domestic. Postnord launches five new stamps with different motifs. One of the stamps represents a mosque, writes Social News.

It was at the end of August that Postnord launched five new stamps with the motif of the artist and the watermark of Lars Lerin.

One of the stamps represents a large Muslim mosque. Another represents something similar to one of the suburbs of the country.

“As more greetings are sent electronically, a greeting in the mailbox becomes increasingly exclusive and many choose stamp motifs carefully. Therefore, it is fun to be able to offer contemporary art in miniature format to all letter-writers in the country, “says Britt-Inger Hahne, Chief Postnord Stamps.

Lars Lerin is presented as one of Sweden’s most beloved artists, and the motives have been chosen in collaboration with him and designed by Gustav Mårtensson.

“Stamps play an important role in everybody’s everyday life. For example, in the summer, Swedes stated that they intended to send 20 million holiday greetings with postcards or letters. It is also the most appreciated way of receiving greetings,” Postnord writes.

Postage stamps are also claimed to be more personal than an electronic greeting and “symbolize caring and someone’s time”.

The stamp with the mosque has great similarities to a watercolor from Lars Lerin, entitled “Mosque” and sold a few years ago at Stockholm’s auction house for SEK 370,000.…

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Muslim group harassing and intimidating private citizens for opposing New Jersey mosque

The Justice Department should put a stop to this. But it’s anybody’s guess which side the Trump Justice Department is on at this point.

“Outrageous Unconstitutional Intimidation of Private Citizens Who Opposed Mosque Project; Thomas More Law Center Steps In,” Thomas More Law Center, March 28, 2017:

ANN ARBOR, MI – If you speak out against building a mosque in your community, you may be slapped with a subpoena demanding all your personal documents, including emails, voicemails, text messages, and social media posts concerning Muslims, Islam, mosques, the Quran, Muslim worship or prayer services, wudu, imams, burkas, hijabs, Sharia, jihad, or anything else associated with or related to Muslims or Islam.

This was part of the harassment and intimidation experienced by scores of private citizens of the small New Jersey town, Bernards Township (also known as Basking Ridge), who spoke out at public hearings against a plan to build a disproportionately-sized mosque on a small piece of residential property. The mosque project, sponsored by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (“ISBR”) and its president, Mohammad Ali Chaudry, was denied by Township officials for not complying with local building ordinances.

On March 10, 2016, ISBR and Mohammad Ali Chaudry sued Bernards Township in federal court, claiming various violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Shortly after, ISBR had coercive subpoenas served on private citizens whose only involvement was voicing concerns at public planning board meetings about whether the proposed mosque complied with local building ordinances.

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently granted the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, permission to represent, without charge, several of these citizens who desired to quash the coercive and abusive subpoenas. Westfield, New Jersey attorney Michael P. Hrycak is assisting the Law Center.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented: “ISBR is setting a dangerous unconstitutional precedent by abusing a court process to chill and trample on the First Amendment Rights of private citizens whose only involvement was to speak out against the mosque at public hearings. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that speech at a public place on a matter of public concern is entitled to special protection, we will ask the Federal District Court to quash the subpoenas served on our clients as a misuse and abuse of the Court’s process.”

Lori Caratzola, described in the ISBR Complaint as a fervent and frequent objector to the mosque, was a prime target for ISBR’s personal attacks. She was personally mentioned over a dozen times in their Complaint. Yet she has remained steadfast in her opposition. Ms. Caratzola commented:

“Being served with a Federal Court Subpoena to turn over all my personal communications including voicemails, social media, emails, notes wherein I make any mention of anything having to do with Islam is an absolute violation of my First Amendment rights. I was a citizen exercising my right to attend public planning board meetings about a land use application that affected my community.”

She continued:

“Dr. Chaudry’s clear intent was to embarrass, strike fear, silence and cause financial harm to any citizen who dared oppose his nonconforming project. And if these subpoenas are allowed to stand, it will set a chilling precedent for all citizens who wish to exercise their Constitutionally protected right to free speech and to petition their government.

“I was named numerous times in the Complaint, yet as a non-party, I had no standing to challenge the lies and half-truths told about me. After the Complaint was filed, mainstream media picked up and repeated these lies and half-truths.”

Caratzola concluded:

“I have lost days, probably weeks, devoting time to trying to find counsel – only to find most attorneys are afraid of challenging an Islamic group in today’s political climate.”…

Cody Smith, another subpoenaed resident who opposed the Mosque, stated:

“The planning board did exactly what it should have done—set emotions aside and judge ISBR’s application solely on its merits and whether it complied with our local regulations. It’s unfortunate that Dr. Chaudry, the Township’s former mayor, has resorted to an all-out smear campaign and retaliation against residents who exercised their fundamental Constitutional rights of Free Speech in a public forum.”

Soon after ISBR’s lawsuit, DOJ investigators opened another coercive front by attempting to interview the private citizens who opposed the mosque. Eight months later, the DOJ filed its own lawsuit against the Township.

Astonishingly, the DOJ was dismissive of an apparent conflict of interest between Mohammad Ali Chaudry and the DOJ’s chief investigator, Caroline Sadlowski, both of whom were serving together on the Center for Religious and Cultural Conflicts board at Drew University.

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Oddly enough, the Muslim moderates and reformists that no doubt made up the overwhelming majority of the members of this mosque did not rise up and expel those who were working for the Islamic State. The reason for the anomaly eludes authorities.

“Germany: Over 400 police raid mosque,” by Victor Laszlo, The Rebel, March 15, 2017:

Hundreds of police in Germany raided, searched and closed a mosque and eight homes, and banned the organization “German Islamic Circle of Hildesheim” on March 14.

Bild reports:

Concerning the ban and dissolution of the association, Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) said: “With the ban on the organization, a hotspot of the radical salafist scene in Germany was destroyed.” Muslims were targeted for indoctrination there to mobilize them to leave for Syria and Iraq, according to Pistorius. They were incited in the mosque of the DIK [German Islamic Circle] to the IS and to commit the most serious crimes. “The ban is a hard and important blow against Islamists in Lower Saxony.”

(Full translation.)…

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Lesbian Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne forced to sit in the back corner of a Mosque

This was simply in accord with Islamic law, as several hadiths have Muhammad saying that if a woman is in front of a man as he is praying, his prayer is invalidated:

“Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of ‘Allah (may peace be upon him) said: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, his prayer would be cut off by (passing of an) ass, woman, and black dog. I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog? He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil.” (Sahih Muslim 1032)

“Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: A woman, an ass and a dog disrupt the prayer, but something like the back of a saddle guards against that.” (Sahih Muslim 1034)

“‘Urwa b. Zubair reported: ‘A’isha asked: What disrupts the prayer? We said: The woman and the ass. Upon this she remarked: Is the woman an ugly animal? I lay in front of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) like the bier of a corpse and he said prayer.” (Sahih Muslim 1037)

“Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: Qatadah said: I heard Jabir ibn Zayd who reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas; and Shu’bah reported the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) as saying: A menstruating woman and a dog cut off the prayer. (Sunan Abu Dawud 703)

“Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: Ikrimah reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas, saying: I think the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: When one of you prays without a sutrah, a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it will suffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone’s throw.” (Sunan Abu Dawud 704)

Wynne didn’t complain about this degradation of women. Nor did she, although gay, say a word about the statements of the imam at the mosque she visited. The Toronto Sun article referred to below says:

As quoted in the CIJ News in 2015 from a question and answer session on Onislam.net, Imam Wael Shehab said “homosexuality is a sinful act in Islam … I’d cite the following fatwa of Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Fiqh Council of North America:

‘We should consider them people who get themselves engaged in a sinful act. We should deal with them in the same way we deal with any people who are involved in alcoholics, gambling or adultery. We should have deep repugnance to their acts and we must remind and warn them.”

If they persist he said “we should certainly avoid those people.”

Awkward.

And yet, there was Wynne being bigger than that, offering a heartfelt message of unity to him and his fellow Muslim followers….

Would the Toronto Sun have praised Wynne for “being bigger than that” if she had passed over in silence similar words spoken by a Baptist pastor?

Meanwhile, Sun reporter Joe Warmington showed himself to be touchingly naive and credulous:

As horrible as his previous quotes are, Shehab said he very much cherished the premier’s visit and her warm words and humanity. He explained although he’s on record for teachings in previous sermons, his views are not as they appear.

“They are taken out of context,” he told me gently. “They are not my views. My views are clear on my Facebook page. We stand for freedom, equality and justice for all. I support for human rights for all.”

Gently! He trotted out the brazen all-purpose scoundrel’s refuge excuse, that his words were taken out of context, and relied on Warmington’s apparent ignorance of Islam’s death penalty for homosexuality, but he did it gently!

“Female Ontario Premier Forced To Sit In A Corner While Visiting Mosque,” by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation, February 12, 2017:

Before she was allowed to deliver a message that “we’re all the same,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was forced to sit in the back corner of a Mosque all by herself while the Muslim men prayed.

From the Toronto Sun:

While the men prayed, she sat patiently in the back corner of the mosque waiting to say the words many in the room were so thankful to hear.

“There should be no fear ever in worshipping your God, our God, in Ontario or in Canada,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said to the worshippers who came for noon-hour prayers at the Muslim Association of Canada’s Masjid Mosque on Dundas St. W [on January 30th].

[…]“As-Salam-u-Alaikum (Peace be unto you). Thanks for welcoming me into your house, your home,” said Wynne, who also visited the “sisters” section of the mosque on the second floor. But other than media and her staff, she was the only female in the room for the male prayer.

“Our government stands with you. We are not different. We are the same. We are all Canadians.”

Wynne is Canada’s first openly gay head of government in Canada and the first female Premier of Ontario.

The mosque she spoke at is run by an anti-gay Muslim preacher…

She didn’t bring it up and ignored the issue entirely when the media questioned her on it.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in Jihad Watch.

Muslim pleads guilty to mosque arson in another fake ‘hate crime’

At the time the fire was set, it garnered much attention as a “hate crime”:

“The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate a possible bias motive in the case, citing what it called a ‘recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide.’”

But it turns out to have been yet another fake hate crime. Islamic supremacist groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they’re the currency they use to buy power and influence in our victimhood-oriented society, and to deflect attention away from jihad terror and onto Muslims as putative victims.

Hamas-linked CAIR, [is a] designated a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates, and other Muslims have on many occasions not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes,” including attacks on mosques. Most notably, in February, a New Jersey Muslim was found guilty of murder that he tried to portray as an “Islamophobic” attack, and in 2014 in California, a Muslim was found guilty of killing his wife, after first blaming her murder on “Islamophobia.”

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Muslim Gary Nathaniel Moore

“Houston man pleads guilty in mosque fire on Christmas Day,” by Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, December 9, 2016 (thanks to Mike):

A Houston man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to starting a fire at a mosque on Christmas Day.

Gary Nathaniel Moore, 38 of Houston, was arrested last year in connection with a fire at 2 p.m. on Dec. 25 at a storefront mosque in the 1200 block of Wilcrest.

Moore told investigators at the scene that he had attended the mosque for five years, coming five times per day to pray seven days per week, according to court records.

Moore pleaded guilty to arson and using a fire as a deadly weapon, an enhancement which means he will have to serve at least half of the prison time before being eligible for parole….

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Turkey seizes six Christian churches as ‘state property’

“Turkey seizes six churches as state property in volatile southeast,” World Watch Monitor, April 6, 2016:

After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey’s war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region’s largest city, Diyarbakir.

But to the dismay of the city’s handful of Christian congregations, this includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkey’s ancient church buildings – some of which pre-date Islam – have been managed, historically, by church foundations.

The new decision has effectively made the Diyarbakir churches – one 1,700 years old, another built only in 2003 – state property of Turkey, an Islamic country of 75 million.

Who are the Kurds?

Kurds make up an estimated 20% of the total Turkish population. The Kurds maintain the Allies promised them an independent state after World War II, which never happened. Since 1984, more than 40,000 have died in Turkey in the fight for autonomy. Over the past 10 months, the Turkish army have killed an estimated 5,000 PKK militants and lost 355 soldiers across the southeast, according to current government statistics. (The number of civilian deaths remains in dispute.)

Turkey’s southeast is heavily populated by Kurds – an ethnic Muslim group also extending across Turkey’s borders into Iran, Syria and Iraq, where Kurdish militias are prominent in all the regional fighting.

Fierce fighting, centring heavily on Diyarbakir, has escalated since the end of a two-year ceasefire between the Turkish armed forces and the militants of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (the PKK) in June 2015.

Last autumn, the PKK youth declared self-rule over large parts of the Diyarbakir district of Sur, digging trenches and building barricades to keep authorities out. Blanket curfews left the populace under siege for weeks at a time, causing more than 30,000 to flee the city.

Then in late March, the government announced the “urgent expropriation” of 6,300 plots of land in the Sur district. Six churches are now under state control: the Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church, the Surp (Armenian for “Saint”) Sarkis Chaldean Catholic Church, the Diyarbakir Protestant Church, the Apostolic Armenian Surp Giragos Church, an Armenian Catholic church, and the Mar Petyun Chaldean Catholic Church.

Churches affected and their historical significance

For much of the past 10 months, the small Christian communities of Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Turkish Christian converts have been unable to access their church buildings in Diyarbakir’s city centre due to the heavy fighting; several have suffered minor damages.

Few Christian houses of worship exist in Turkey’s southeast. Although it is the ancestral homeland of Syriacs and Armenians, well over a million of these ethnic Christians were massacred and sent on death marches during the final years of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century.

Diyarbakir’s Surp Giragos Church is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East. Sitting near the banks of the Tigris River, its large bell tower stands out as a symbol of Christianity’s once vibrant presence in the region.

First built in the 1600s, Surp Giragos was closed in the 1960s after the city became depopulated of Armenians. After the diaspora funded $1 million for its renovation, Surp Giragos reopened in 2011.

Very few Armenians still live in Diyarbakir. The church only holds services for major holidays like Christmas and Easter, when priests fly in from Istanbul to offer communion. The rest of the year it has remained open as a tourist attraction.

The new expropriation order, published in the government’s Official Gazette on 25 March, came from a council of ministers led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The decision was based on Article 27 of Turkey’s Expropriation Law. According to Fatmagul Sari, the Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, the decision was made as a “last resort” to protect the area. In 2010, 330 structures in the Sur neighbourhood were demolished as part of an urban renewal programme.

The ruling has caused “disquiet” among Armenian, Syriac and Chaldean communities, according to the Turkish-Armenian daily, Agos. Multiple church foundations are preparing to appeal the decision. Archbishop Aram Atesyan of the Armenian Apostolic Church said he has demanded a meeting with Sari to ask the cabinet to correct the decision….

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of the Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Greek government fears attack if Muslim mosque not built in Athens

What makes the Greek government assume that a centrally-appointed imam would not teach “extremism”? Greek officials assume that because they assume that the Qur’an teaches peace, and that “the dark and unofficial places of worship” are twisting and hijacking the true peaceful teachings of the Religion of Peace. Do these officials really think the Brussels jihad attacks, and those in Paris and elsewhere, took place because Muslims in France and Belgium were frequenting “dark and unofficial places of worship” instead of government-sanctioned mosques? They will be rudely awakened, but by then it will probably be too late.

“Greek government fear they will be at risk of terrorist attack if a proposed mosque is not built in Athens,” by Corey Charlton, MailOnline, April 6, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The Greek government fears it could be subjected to terror attacks if a taxpayer-funded mosque is not constructed in Athens.

Officials claim it would allow Muslims to practise their religion under the auspices of a centrally-appointed imam that would ensure it does not stray into extremism.

This would be preferable to the dozens of basements in the capital which have been converted into makeshift mosques by Muslim migrants, they added.

According to Kathimerini, an official from the Education and Religious Affairs Ministry said they must move quickly to build the mosque, which had been announced in 2006 but is being delayed by appeals.

The official said: ‘It is exactly because of the recent terrorist attacks that we have to move quickly to construct the mosque in Athens.

‘Every day that we do not have an official mosque and imam in Athens, we pay for in the increased risk of the radicalisation of Muslims in the dark and unofficial places of worship.

‘When you do not have official places of worship, who can you speak with?’…

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