Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Getting Catholics and Muslims To Cooperate

Cologne is home to large number of Christians and Muslims as well as controversial plans to build a mosque that will be Germany's biggest. While some fear an Islamic incursion, others in the Catholic-dominated city are donating Sunday's collection to the mosque building project.

If there was a religious conflict in Germany, then it would surely be visible in Cologne -- the city is the capital of Germany's religious Turkish population as well as a bastion of Catholicism. Because here, Catholic numbers are dropping and Catholic churches appear to be turning into retirement homes while Muslim numbers are growing and Muslim followers are building one of the largest mosques in the country.

The mosque, which has been a subject of controversy because of its size, will be able to accommodate up to 1,200 worshippers. The Oriental-style building itself, which was designed by a Christian architect, will consist of two minarets, each 55 meters (180 feet) high. These will flank a dome that is a stylized version of the globe. It is likely to be Germany's biggest mosque as well as one of the most controversial sacred structures in the country. Protest groups have campaigned against the mosque and controversial Jewish intellectual Ralph Giordano has even described it as a Muslim "colonization of foreign territory."

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,668676,00.html



Really hard to comment on this, but can not hide my personal opinion on this. To be honest I am a very tolerant and open minded person. But from my experience so far with Moslems and the Islam (not talking about this fanatic islamic terrorists) I have some problems with this huge building in Cologne and also with the spread of Islam over Germany and Europe. I experience Islam in its present form as a religion which is very intolerant, intolerant towards other religions, towards women and there rights, towards gay and lesbians, towards Jews and more could be added. I think as long as the Islam is such a religion it does not really fit into our liberal and free society and the values and human rights we gained and developed over so many years. I see this development a little bit as a danger to our democratic on human rights based constitution and life style. I know many might not agree with my opinion, but this is based on experiences I made over the years.

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