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Bishop Against Greek Parliament’s Mosque Building Bill

According tot he Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, it is anti-Christian to build a mosque. (via. Islamophobia-Watch)

Bishop against Greek parliament’s mosque building bill

According to the Greek press, Greek Orthodox Bishop Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus appealed to the Council of State to withdraw a Greek bill that would allow the building of a mosque in the capital city, Athens.

Known for his far-right views, Seraphim described the bill as an anti-Christian move and a disrespect to Christian martyrs, although it is billed as democratic move.

In the previous years, there were talks of building a mosque in Athens. However, no steps were taken as the previous governments’ ministers were mainly right-wingers.

This year a bill which asked for an old building in the Votanikos region of Athens to be converted into a place of worship for Muslims passed through the Greek parliament.

Today’s Zaman, 29 December 2011

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  • Isa

    “All in all, Saudi Arabia does not even care about it’s own religious heritage or the millions of pilgrims who do not like the rules, and yet certain people want them to start caring for people of completely different faiths?”

    Peace. I think the State’s ideology of Wahabbism has a lot to do with it too. Wahabbis believe showing any kind of respect or excitement over the Prophet, his companions, and family, is one step away from “polytheism.” So they tore down all of these buildings and relics to “protect” people from becoming “polytheists.” This is how fanatical the government and its enforcers, are.

  • Le truth
  • Le truth

    @ Truth Hurts
    Unless I am wrong this guy belongs to the same click that gave Radovan Karadic some kind of ortodox super-medal, while the latter was committing and attempting genocide. It’s “cute” (not) that an a circle of Bishops can glorify a person that orders massrape, torture and genocide and still claim to be followers of JC (who was awesome=

  • Jack

    Vatican city is 0.17 square miles and only 829 people live there as residents.

    Rome has the largest mosque in Europe, which can house 12.000 people.

  • Abdul-Rahman

    @Ali

    Your attempted analogy is a major fail for so many reasons. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy that is heavily backed by Western nations (i.e. including Europe which Greece is a part of) so if you want to even criticize the Saudi monarchy you have to take into account the fact the West backs and often props the House of Saud up.

    Also people who say “why can’t we build a synagogue or church in Mekkah”, seem not to have this same problem asking why can’t a Mosque be built in the Vatican?! Also while officially non-Muslim houses of worship are not allowed in all of Saudi Arabia there are significant amounts of non-Muslim centers of worship that operate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia especially in the often gated luxury compounds for foreign workers (mostly in the oil industry) where there are often churches etc which are allowed to operate as long as they don’t display symbols like crosses, etc publicly. Also many foreign workers in more underpaid industries like manual laborers, are often from various Asian countries and often are Hindus and they are allowed to practice their Hindu faith in Saudi (again as long as they keep it private).

    So at least get your facts straight.

  • Truth Hurts

    I wonder if he blessed those wonderful “Christian” brethren, the Chetnik Serbs in the genocide of the Yugoslavian Muslims?

  • Jack

    @Garth; it matters little, since Jews and Christians and Muslims have been bashing each others heads in and oppressing one another over what God is really like for more than fourteen hundred years.

    In fact Christians have been oppressing and persecuting other Christians over what God is really like, and Muslims have been opressing and persecuting other Muslims in over what God is really like for as long as one can remember.

    So while it might be nice to profess that Muslims, Jews and Christians all worship the same God, but on a practical level, neither Muslims, Jews or Christians seem to believe that. If they did, they wouldn’t feel the need to suppress groups with a slightly different faith.

    But this is what the idea does to people that truth is absolute, that we can know what it is and what it implies morally and/or politically. It creates and fosters bigotry and intolerance. Now, all three abrahamic faith traditions claim that there is one true God (that’s your absolute truth right there), that we can and do know what He’s like and that we can and do know what He wants (through revelation).

    It only follows naturally that people would take those truth claims as a banner under which it is permissible to persecute or even stamp out communities with a different religious identity. And as history shows: time and again, they do so.

  • Dehnus

    I would first concentrate to make sure you do not start to fight with Armenians again next time you visit the Church where JC was supposedly born :).

  • Young & Free

    Saudi Arabia does NOT represent Muslims, and in fact, many Muslims who come back from Hajj complain about the weird rules that Saudis force the pilgrims.

    Here’s something to think about: Saudi Arabia does not allow Shia Muslims or Sufis or any other people who have “different” beliefs practice anything outside what they consider to be acceptable. They arrest pilgrims who protest.

    Also, here is a quote from an article I read, you might also find this interesting:

    * In 1998 the Qabr of Hadhrat Aaminah (radhiyallahu anha), the Mother of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was bulldozed and doused with gasoline.

    * “The birthplace of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) came under threat 50 years ago, when the House of Saud decided to build a library over the site. The architect then persuaded the authorities to allow him to preserve the remains beneath the library. Now the authorities want to concrete over the site and turn it into a car park.”

    * The house of Hadhrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu anha), was demolished and public toilets built in its place.

    * The house of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radhiyallahu anhu) was demolished to make way for the Hilton hotel.

    * The ancient Musjid of Imaam Al-Uraid built more than 1200 years ago was demolished and presently it is a site for rubble.

    * An ancient Musjid of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radhiyallahu anhu) was demolished and has been replaced by an ATM machine.

    * The holy and historic sites where the famous Battles of Badr and Uhd took place, have been converted into parking lots.

    * The Qabr and the Musjid of Rasulullah’s grandson have been dynamited.

    * The sacred Qabrustaan of Al-Mualla where members of Rasulullah’s Family are buried, is being submerged by sewage waste, and the authorities are not doing anything about it.

    * The Musjid of Abu Qubais was destroyed to make way for one of the king’s palaces.

    * Darul Arqam from where Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) propagated the Deen was demolished. Today the escalators are in its place.

    http://lwtc247.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/does-it-really-matter-if-al-aqsa-mosque-is-destroyed/

    All in all, Saudi Arabia does not even care about it’s own religious heritage or the millions of pilgrims who do not like the rules, and yet certain people want them to start caring for people of completely different faiths?

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