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Bishop against Greek parliament’s mosque building bill

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29 December 2011 / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL
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 disrespect to Christian martyrs, although it is billed as democratic move. In the previous years, there were talks of building a mosque in Athens. However, no steps were taken as the previous governments’ ministers were mainly right-wingers. This year a bill which asked for an old building in the Votanikos region of Athens to be converted into a place of worship for Muslims passed through the Greek parliament.

Recently, the historic Recep Paşa mosque, which was built on the Greek island of Rhodes during the Ottoman era, collapsed last week. Following the collapse of two of the four main pillars, the entire structure collapsed, the Anatolia news agency reported. Kyriakos Magos, an architect working for the Rhodes municipality who oversees renovation projects of the island’s historic buildings, said the mosque had deficiencies in its structure and was supported by piers for a long time, before the collapse.

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