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Germany’s Biggest Mosque To Be Built In Koln

Published Sunday, September 21, 2008

Koln, 21 Sept. (IPS)        Some 1.000 extremists who had planned a two day meeting in Koln to stop the project for building a masque in this city were finally defeated by a counter meeting by 40.000 people, most of them Turks and other Muslims, but also lawmakers from left an right, members of the Koln city council.

          Works of the edifice, to become the biggest of the 150 mosques already existing in Germany, is to start on 2010, but an extremist right-wing movement, named “Pro Koln”, under the pretext of “saving Germany from Muslim invasion”, is staunchly opposing the project and to attract people’s support, prepared a meeting for Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 of September 2008.

          Hoping on a big rally, the organizers invited several right wing personalities from other countries. While some, from Britain and Belgium responded, Mr. Jean Marie Le Pen, the ageing leader of the French troubled extremist National Front, politely refused.

Works of the edifice, to become the biggest of the 150 mosques already existing in Germany, is to start on 2010

          As most public places and hotels had refused to help the Pro-Koln to organize its meeting, the anti Pro-Koln, assisted by representatives of other religions, political parties and civil movements, coming from all over Germany and other neighbouring countries, demonstrated peacefully, with banners, posters and slogans like “Nazis Raus (out); “Enough with Fascism”; “No to extremism and fundamentalism”; “synagogues, mosques, churches and temples, all must be free” etc..

          Despite a huge police presence, some small fight broke between the two sides, without anybody being hurt or anyone being arrested.

          In Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry had summoned the French charge d’affairs, -- France is the present president of the European community -- calling on him to urge the German government to stop the Pro-Koln movement to go ahead with its planned meeting, describing the organizers as “anti Islam” and “encouraging hate against Muslims”, but Berlin rejected the request, citing freedom of the citizens to organizing meetings and express their opinions so far they are against laws.

          Despite strong objections to the construction of the mosque by several members of the city council, the Mayor of Koln obtain the majority of the votes and at the same time, decided to ban the Pro Koln meeting, saying members of all faith have the right of enjoying their religious freedoms in an atmosphere of “freedom and tolerance”. ENDS MOSQUE 21908



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kim Costy
Monday, September 22, 2008 20:56 [ 1 ]

Religion is the “opium of the masses” Karl Marx & Religion

It is sad to hear that Germany has 150 Mosques to fool the Molslems and is building a larger one. Obviously the West's Zioninist Stratigic Plan in Islamicasation of the Middel East is working well and they should invaded into the free Europe. Iranians as well as Afghans and Iraqies are victims of this master plan.

But then fools beleive that Islam will dominate the Europe. NO! To be more accurate and considering the number of factors and trends, one wisely realizes that they are bringing back the DEADS to rule the LIVINGS. The Capitalists and Imperialist behind the scene are playing the games. And this way of rulling the people is the most shameful and backward conduct. And all of us are responsible to expose it before it is too late. Intellectuals should have realized this massive conspirecy way befor Khomeni appeared and should have supported the Democratic Revolution in Afghanistan.

And Again Religion is the “opium of the masses” Karl Marx & Religion

According to Marx, religion is an expression of material realities and economic injustice. Thus, problems in religion are ultimately problems in society. Religion is not the disease, but merely a symptom. It is used by oppressors to make people feel better about the distress they experience due to being poor and exploited. This is the origin of his comment that religion is the “opium of the masses” - but as shall see, his thoughts are much more complex than commonly portrayed.

kim Costy
Monday, September 22, 2008 21:42 [ 2 ]

The purpose of building Mosques and promoting religion of any by Western Powers are to :

Control the Masses to the point of totalitarianism State.

To divert revolutionary progress in Socisl Science, Economics, Humanitarian and health Care, Etc.

To Suppress Women and Children.

To benefit from cheap labour.

To promote corruptin, and disguised prostitution.

Create hate and war amongest mankind and sell wopons.

Make the RICH.....RICHER.

To divert people’s attention away from real source of oppression and keeps ruling class in power. (the Middle East is a good example)

To prevents any form of revolt, as it threatens eternal damnation, good for social control Helps produce false consciousness.

Riligious people do not realize or do not want to realize that:

Religion does not fix the underlying causes of people’s pain and suffering, instead, it helps them forget why they are suffering and causes them to look forward to an imaginary future when the pain will cease instead of working to change circumstances. Even worse, the oppressors who are responsible for the pain and suffering are administering this 'drug'. Religion is an expression of more fundamental unhappiness and symptom of more fundamental and oppressive economic realities. Hopefully, humans will create a society in which the economic conditions causing so much pain and suffering would be eradicated and, therefore, the need for soothing drugs like religion will cease.

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