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Posts in category Religion

Simplified Religious Studies Exemption

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There has been a significant argument over the recent announcement from the Alternate Minister of Education Sia Anagnostopoulou that the exemption from religious studies is to be simplified.

A Mosque in Athens

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It was first announced 70 years ago but finally, Athens is to get a mosque. It is the only European capital without one. All of us who support the plan are expecting a huge backlash against it (including from the church) from people who feel threatened by the building, in country where around 96% identify as Greek Orthodox. The […]

Church Leader Proposes Civil Oath

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With the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras taking the civil oath of office instead of the religious one, changes are coming in Greece. He is openly atheist, has a civil union with his partner of 20 years and has not baptised his two children. I don’t believe this is an issue for the vast majority of Greeks but […]

A Mosque in Athens?

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Is it possible that a mosque will finally be built in the only European capital without one?   The Council of State gave the green light to the construction of a mosque in Athens, Greece. The general assembly of the state council has rejected an appeal to prevent the construction of a mosque in the region of Votanikos as well as […]

Objections to Athens Mosque

Objections to Athens Mosque

Via the Athens News THE PASOK government’s decision last year to convert an unused naval building in Eleonas, near downtown Athens, into a mosque is being fought at the Council of State. Metropolitan of Piraeus Serafim and a group of 10 other citizens are challenging the decision for the education ministry to cover the cost […]

Yet Another Mosque Setback

Yet Another Mosque Setback

Via Today’s Zaman   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 […]

A Mosque in Athens

A Mosque in Athens

A site for the future construction of a Muslim mosque was identified in the Eleonas district of inner city Athens, based on an amendment tabled in Parliament as a rider sponsored by the environment, energy and climate change ministry and co-signed by other responsible ministries, it was announced on Friday. UPDATE: I have just been […]

Reactions to Bishop's Rants

Reactions to Bishop's Rants

The anti-semitic and anti-muslim  rant of the bishop of Piraeus has been condemned by the European Jewish Congress, the Muslim Union of Greece, the government and now, by the church itself. Via the Washington Post Greece’s Orthodox church has rejected disparaging comments about Muslims and Jews by a senior cleric that sparked protests from representatives […]

Protest Over Prayers

Protest Over Prayers

As I have said many times before, Athens is still the only European capital without a mosque. Via the Athens News Thousands of Muslim immigrants attended outdoor prayer services across Athens Tuesday to mark the festival of Eid-al-Adha, while police clashed with a small group of protesters from an extreme right group at one of […]

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Via The Hindu Thousands of Muslims celebrated Eid al—Fitr in central Athens on Friday, in the first such gathering permitted by authorities in the only European capital without an official mosque. The Greek government has repeatedly set aside plans for the construction of a mosque and Muslim cemetery in the city of five million people. […]

Promise for Athens Mosque

Promise for Athens Mosque

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 […]

Attack on Atheists

Attack on Atheists

Press release 10 April 2010 Greece: Condemnation of attack against member after appeal to Council of State on religious symbols. Complaint against Bishop Amvrosios for hate speech against atheists. The Humanist Union of Greece (H.U.G.) condemns yesterday’s attack of the office of Christos Zoumboulidis, lawyer, member of H.U.G. and of the Greek political party Ecogreens, […]