What makes the Greek government assume that a centrally-appointed imam would not teach “extremism”? Greek officials assume that because they believe 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.
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?’…