Sunday, October 19, 2008

Anglican Cleric Sees Threat in Olympic Mosque

Building a mosque next to the Olympic site could create a breeding ground for extremists, a senior Church of England official has warned, reports The Sunday Telegraph.
Dr Philip Lewis, an interfaith adviser to the Bishop of Bradford, said that the plans threaten to establish a ghetto of Muslims taught to embrace jihad.

Tablighi Jamaat, the group behind the proposal, are "isolationist", "patriarchal" and has a narrow reading of Islam that leaves it vulnerable to extremists, he said.

In the first intervention by a Church figure over the controversial project, Dr Lewis raised fears that a 12,000-capacity mosque in London would lead to a segregated Muslim community. The mosque would be four times the size of Britain's largest cathedral. [emphasis added]
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