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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.


"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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