BELGIUM: CHURCHES TO BECOME MOSQUES
The humiliation of this news item is almost unbearable. How far have we come and how far are we yet to descend? I must admit that I have lately begun to pray that God shorten these days for the sake of the elect. If these times, when the innocence of children is everywhere in jeopardy, are not the days that Christ spoke of, then I am frightened to see what is to come that will qualify us for such mercy.
Excerpt from telegraph: "Churches in Belgium are to be turned into mosques as Christian congregations decline while Muslims demand more places to worship.
"Philip Heylen, Antwerp's deputy mayor, has called on the city to "break the taboo" over the many empty and unused churches.
"It's a looming issue yet it seems impossible to have a debate about this," he said. "Churches were built as places of worship and they should not be used as shopping malls. We've had a positive response from members of the Muslim community, which is open to the idea of converting them."
"Antwerp has 36 mosques but many are located in old buildings that are too small or lack emergency exits. Meanwhile, the building of new mosques is sensitive in terms of planning."
"Many of Antwerp's 80 churches were built in the mid-19th century during attempts by the Roman Catholic Church to engineer a religious revival.
"Father Jan, at the Sint-Willibrordus Church, conceded that the pews are "far emptier than 50 years ago", but rejected the argument that Antwerp Christians are a dying breed."