Five (or six, depending on the news source) Algerian street-cleaners have been arrested in the UK for allegedly plotting to kill Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Britain. The Pope warned his British audience not to let atheism destroy their society. There was no report that he mentioned the impact of Islam on the UK.
In other news, a ship carrying a prefab mosque is on its way to the town of Inuvik in the far north of Canada. It will be the first mosque in Inuvik, and will serve a congregation of about a hundred Muslims in a town of 4,000 people. When it arrives, it will be the closest mosque to the North Pole. It was funded by — who else? — Saudi Arabia.
What do the Muslims of Inuvik do when Ramadan falls in, say, July? That’s a long fast…
As a matter of interest, the news story says that the new mosque will lie within 200 kilometers of the North Pole. I located Inuvik on a map, and it is in Yukon Territory near the border with Alaska, just off the coast of the Beaufort Sea. Thus the article must be referring to the magnetic North Pole, since the geographic North Pole (the northern point of intersection between the Earth’s axis of rotation and the surface of the Earth) would be considerably further away across the sea and the ice cap.
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