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A Mosque in Reykjavík Threatens Icelandic Culture

Populist fearmongering about the “scary Mooslims” has even reached, of all places, Iceland! (h/t: Sarah AB)

A Mosque in Reykjavík Threatens Icelandic Culture


Former mayor of Reykjavík claims a mosque will threaten Iceland’s culture and safety. Ólafur F. Magnússon, who was mayor for little less than 7 months in 2008, is highly pessimistic about plans of a mosque being built in the open space of in the eastern part of Reykjavík, Eyjan reports.

City council approved of the plans last week, after Muslims in Iceland having waited 13 years to get a property to raise the first mosque in Iceland. Ólafur writes in Morgunblaðið today, expressing his concern about the matter.

“It is worrying that Muslims here don’t seem to have any difficulties financing the project, receiving aid from Muslim organizations abroad. Those organizations might want to increase the influence of Islam in Iceland, as well as in other countries.”

Instead of a mosque, Ólafur suggests a temple of the Nordic gods to be built in the plot. “Such a cultural gem would bring joy to the majority of the city’s residents, as well as other Icelanders, and wouldn’t be as out of place as a mosque would.”

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  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Since he is the ex mayor its a good bet he was for a banker bailout . Incidently Iceland let its banks go bust.
    Sir David

  • George Carty

    Bad move — doesn’t the history of Dark Ages Europe show that when monotheism and polytheism come into conflict, the monotheists usually win?

  • George Carty

    IIRC Iceland is a resolutely monocultural nation to the point that immigrants to Iceland are required to adopt Icelandic names. Interestingly enough, both Icelanders and Muslims traditionally use patronymic names.

  • George Carty

    I remember an alternate history timeline on soc.history.what-if called “Submission” (hmmmm, I would have used a more Nordic name for it — “Submission” is too Latinate) where Islam was just an obscure cult confined to the Arabian Peninsula and parts of East Africa, but the Norsemen developed their own monotheistic religion that was very similar (and which spread far more successfully). These “Submissives” prayed facing north, and their Hajj-analogue involved travelling above the Arctic Circle to see the midnight sun. 😉

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  • Tighe McCandless

    Solution: as a compromise, a new syncretic faith based on Norse beliefs and Islam is created. It will be more palatable than the ~700 Muslims in the country, I’d imagine, for Mr. Ólafur.

    There is no god but Wotan the All-Father and Muhammad is His prophet!

  • Reynardine

    Usually an individual doesn’t worship them all, and a tribe may regard one as its totemic leader and give only passing honor to the others. The Pantheon was actually a convenient shorthand for the union of disparate tribes. Some were not actually Teutonic in origin at all. The Vandals appear to have been Gothicized Celts who brought with them the creative, witty, and capricious Lugh. Teutonicized as Loki, he became increasingly anarchic and dangerous as the allies of the Vandals ascribed to him…personality. Finally, when the Vandals were expelled from the alliance (by the Goths!) for misbehavior, so was Loki dispossessed from the Pantheon.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    I think that some neo pagans might worship them. But I’m not sure.

  • moraka

    Funny that this man whants muslims to be treated as second class citizens, for some strange aesthetic value.
    He is either a lunatic or as stated before he, most likely is trying to get back in the political game. That explains the hole pagan temple nonsense. Scandinavians have a bizare tendency to see themselfs as vikings and adore the nordic dieties. A lot of scandinavian islamophobes identify themselfs as vikings.

  • JD

  • mindy1

    I wish the Muslims of Iceland luck.

  • mindy1

    Good luck-just remember, not all NY’ers are haters 😉

  • Jon Diamond

    I think the term former mayor is very important here. He may be trying to get back into power using islamophobia as his tool

  • Alejandro Rodríguez

    Yes, the Norse gods who nobody worships anymore. Even the Norse neopagans don’t worship the gods. Their religion is more akin to nature worship than the polytheism of the Norse and other Germanic peoples.

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