“It will be the first to be built in the former East Berlin, where almost no Muslims live — but no one can quite explain why it shouldn’t be there.” Hmmm. Maybe because no effort has been made by Muslims in Germany or anywhere else in the West to expel jihadists from their ranks, such that no one can ensure that terrorist acts will not be plotted in this mosque?
“East Berlin’s First Mosque: The Muslims Are Coming!,” by Michael Scott Moore and Jochen-Martin Gutsch in SpiegelOnline, :
A citizens’ group in Berlin turned out this week for a candlelight vigil to protest plans for a new mosque in their neighborhood. It will be the first to be built in the former East Berlin, where almost no Muslims live — but no one can quite explain why it shouldn’t be there.
At the end of a rundown suburban street lined with bare trees and flaking apartment facades, a small group of people hold candles or colored Glo-sticks. A few hold signs — “Democracy yes! Caliphate no!” — and some carry German flags.
“The mosque is supposed to go up right here,” says GÃ¼nter Bronner, a blustery white-haired man with glasses pushed up on his forehead who’s lived in the neighborhood for 42 years. He points to a drab piece of land at the end of the street where a defunct sauerkraut factory stands. “They want to have a minaret with a muezzin who gives the call to prayer five times a day. Can you imagine? Five times a day over our rooftops.”