AUSTRIAN BISHOP CONDEMNS MINARETS AS A PROVOCATION AND OXFORD EXPERIENCES THE MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER
From Earthtimes: Vienna - "A high-ranking representative of Austria's Catholic Church for the first time openly voiced reservations against the construction of minarets. "Mosques with minarets would be a provocation," Elmar Fischer, bishop of Austria's westernmost diocese in Vorarlberg, said on Tuesday in a press release.
"While Austria's population had been accepting of prayer rooms and mosques in the past, mosques with minarets would run counter to the feelings of "the majority of Vorarlberg's population."
"While Austria's freedom of religion acts allowed the building of mosques, it remained a necessity of human respect that a religious or ethnic group that moved into a country first realized a "measure of integration," the bishop said.
"In Vorarlberg, the Muslim share of the population is 9 per cent, the Austrian average is 4 per cent, in the capital Vienna 7.8 per cent.
"In February, the provincial government in the province of Carinthia passed amendments to its construction legislation, in fact banning the building of mosques.
"Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Austria's highest Catholic representative on Sunday stressed his opposition to a mosque ban.
"We have in Vienna a mosque with minarets. Where is the problem? I don't see it," he told public broadcaster ORF.
And Yesterday there was news about the the call to prayer resounding through Oxford England. Many Westerners draw the line at the Muslim call to prayer and it seems that the limits of multiculturalism are being tested.
"Charlie Cleverly, the rector of the [Anglican] Saint Aldates church, in the heart of Oxford, says the city has long represented "the essence of Englishness".
"It is common knowledge, though few will say it, that 'radical Islam' has a programme to 'take Europe, take England and take Oxford'," he said.
"In this strategy, some say the prayer call is like a bridgehead, spreading to other mosques in the city."
But the Church of England Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, supports plans to broadcast the Adhan, calling for people to "relax" and "enjoy community diversity".
"I believe we have good relationships with the Muslim community here in Oxford and I am personally very happy for the mosque to call the faithful to prayer in east Oxford," he said in January.
"But he accepted that the number of times the call went out and its volume still needed to be resolved."
As for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the debate is futile ...."The call to prayer will be part of Britain and Europe in the future," said Inayat Bunglawala, the MCB's assistant secretary general.
"He said that the Adhan was already broadcast three times a day at a large mosque in east London and that it had "never been problematic".
Finally, I couldn't resist slipping in a quote from Mark Steyn on the suicidal nature of multiculturalism:
"As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder"--as can be seen throughout much of "the Western world" right now. The progressive agenda--lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism--is collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism. The great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesn't involve knowing anything about other cultures--the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It's fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don't want to live in anything but an advanced Western society. Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native American society. It's a quintessential piece of progressive humbug."