This report from the Pro-Köln website has just been posted. Our Flemish correspondent VH kindly translated it for Gates of Vienna:
Citizens protest stops huge mosque in Munich
The Turkish-Islamic DITIB headquarters in Cologne will, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, withdraw its financing commitment for the building of the huge mosque in Munich, because it had to deal with too many complaints from the native citizens.
The huge Munich mosque is therefore cancelled! This has been reported by Süddeutsche Zeitung. The main reason for the cancellation is the withdrawal of the financing commitment of the DITIB headquarters in Cologne. The reasons for this, according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung: “Too open, too liberal!”
Specifically, this is what the Süddeutsche Zeitung says:
“Apparently crucial for the change of mood among the members is that the DITIB, based in Cologne and coordinating nationwide more than 800 Turkish-Islamic Associations, is becoming increasingly more critical of the project, and declines any financing.
“According to observers at the Cologne Türkisch-Islamischen Union der Anstalt für Religion [DITIB, Turkish-Islamic Union for the Institution of Religion], which answers directly to the Turkish government, the Munich project became too open and too liberal. From critics within the board it also becomes apparent that the mosque at Gotzinger Platz [planned location in Munich] was even going to hold prayers in the German language and wanted to intensify the dialogue with the Christian churches.”
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In addition, the chairman of the Islam-critical Pro-Köln movement, the 45-year-old lawyer Markus Beisicht responded: “the DITIB lost their democratic and liberal cover, and showed their true face again: Islamist through and through, Turkish nationalist through and through. And above all, this umbrella organization wants to establish the largest ‘splendor mosque’ of all Germany in Cologne!
“But like the citizens of Munich, together with the citizens of Cologne we will put a thick spoke in the wheel of the DITIB! No to the large mosque! We are against Islamization and Turkization! Cologne should not become Istanbul! With this motto, a demo will take place on December 24 at 11:00 am, our second Saturday demo right in front of their headquarters on the corner of the Venloer Straße / Innere Kanalstraße.
“And to prevent the building of huge mosques, we will also make the local election in June 2009 a referendum on this mega-Islamizing project. Then the Council decision on this huge mosque will be sent away immediately by the new majorities in the City Council, just the way it came!”