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Muslim Integration : Why No One Protested against Germany's Biggest Mosque - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

The biggest mosque in Germany opened in the city of Duisburg on Sunday and has already become a symbol of successful integration. Unlike other mosque projects in Germany, there was virtually no protest from the local community.

The tent next to the mosque in the Marxloh district of Duisburg, an industrial and mining town in the Ruhr region of Germany, can accommodate 3,500 people but it wasn't big enough for the crowd that turned out on Sunday.

Thousands of Duisburg citizens had to stand outside to witness this historic day on a giant public viewing screen. The biggest mosque in Germany has been opened and it includes a meeting center for the whole district -- an unprecedented project in Germany.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 27th, 2008 at 03:39:07 PM EST
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That's a very pleasant story.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:59:08 AM EST
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Muslim Integration : Why No One Protested against Germany's Biggest Mosque - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Why did everything pass off so smoothly in Marxloh? Is it because the 34-meter minaret is only half as high as the spire of the local Catholic church? Or because the Islamic community decided from the start to do without the muezzin call?

Those could be two symbolic issues that contributed to the success. But far more important is the simple fact that the people of Marxloh sat down and talked to each other. They talked openly without fear or prejudice, and without inhibitions.

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"We stand by one another, our generation is ready to take over responsibilities," [press spokesman Mustafa Kücük] says. And because his generation believed that a building like that needed support from the whole community, it set up a panel to allow the whole district to discuss the project.

The panel also included Catholic priest Michael Kemper. His church, St. Peter's, is just 300 meters away from the mosque. "I was in favor of building the mosque from the start," said Kemper. "After all, it's a house of God."

The priest praised the friendly relations with the Muslim community. Many Muslim children visit the Catholic kindergarten, and Catholics and Muslims visit each other's festivals.

What an amazing and unexpected turn of good news.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 05:56:46 AM EST
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Why did everything pass off so smoothly in Marxloh? Is it because the 34-meter minaret is only half as high as the spire of the local Catholic church? Or because the Islamic community decided from the start to do without the muezzin call?

Lemme highlight the underlying assumption behind these rhetorical questions: that integration is the 'job' of immigrants (only).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 01:48:52 PM EST
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i wonder of christian churches have bells to call the faithful in muslim countries...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 07:14:30 PM EST
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