Islamist triumphalism –access denied!
(London Evening Standard) –A Muslim group behind a proposed east London mega-mosque today [Dec. 6, 2012] vowed to seek a judicial review after councillors rejected the scheme, saying it was “too big” and would not serve the needs of the local community.
Hardline sect Tablighi Jamaat purchased the 17-acre brownfield site in Abbey Mills, Newham, in 1996 and has been trying to build a mosque there for more than a decade, despite opposition from residents and campaign groups.
The current plan is for a 9,000-capacity Islamic centre with prayer hall, and dining facilities for 2,000. It would have 40ft minarets and four times the capacity of St Paul’s, equal to the UK’s biggest mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden.
It would host a sports pavilion, tennis courts and residential units. Last night, as thousands of Muslims gathered outside Stratford Town Hall to voice their support, Newham councillors turned down the planning application, saying it did not fit with their vision of bringing housing and jobs to the area.
Conor McAuley, Newham’s executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, said: “The scheme was too large, there was not sufficient parking, it would have an impact on historic buildings nearby, and it failed to serve the needs of the community. Our policies promote the development of the Abbey Mills site for a mix of residential, employment and community uses, to help create a new local centre near West Ham station and regenerate the area.”
Update: Tablighi Jamaat: Jihad’s Stealthy Legions –Middle East Quarterly
The West’s misreading of Tablighi Jamaat actions and motives has serious implications for the war on terrorism. Tablighi Jamaat has always adopted an extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam, but in the past two decades, it has radicalized to the point where it is now a driving force of Islamic extremism and a major recruiting agency for terrorist causes worldwide. For a majority of young Muslim extremists, joining Tablighi Jamaat is the first step on the road to extremism. Perhaps 80 percent of the Islamist extremists in France come from Tablighi ranks, prompting French intelligence officers to call Tablighi Jamaat the “antechamber of fundamentalism.” U.S. counterterrorism officials are increasingly adopting the same attitude. “We have a significant presence of Tablighi Jamaat in the United States,” the deputy chief of the FBI’s international terrorism section said in 2003, “and we have found that Al-Qaeda used them for recruiting now and in the past.” [...]
BTW An application for another (albeit much smaller mosque) was also rejected Monday night in the London borough of Worchester Park.
Also see: Dutch Parliament Revokes Decades Old Blasphemy Law In Favor Of Free Speech (December 2012)