As many long time readers of this blog will know, I have been following the lack of an Athens mosque for many years. Athens is the only European capital that does not have one and Muslims are forced to gather in make-shift mosques around the capital.
The main objection has come from the powerful Greek Orthodox church which has enormous power and influence over state affairs. There is no separation of church and state in Greece. The church has been fairly successful in mobilising local communities against the building of a mosque as well.
I imagine that most people can see that causing anger and resentment in the Muslim community is not the best way forward and that the building of a mosque is not going to cause the collapse of the Greek Orthodox church. Building good relationships between communities is a positive and courageous step. No doubt there will be objections as usual but I sincerely hope that the current PASOK government can manage to follow through their recent promise
THE government has said it will build a mosque in Athens for a growing number of Muslim immigrants in the Greek capital, following years of delays. Tens of thousands of Muslims in Athens currently gather at informal prayer houses in converted apartments and warehouses. The government said on April 28 it would pay for the immediate development of a mosque on the grounds of a former Navy facility near central Athens.