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Gungahlin mosque gets the go ahead

By johnboy 29 August 2012 36

Nothing on the relevant websites but the Canberra Times has word that ACTPLA have approved the Gungahlin Mosque:

In their assessment of the development, ACT planners found surrounding roads could cope with traffic generated by the mosque and that the proposed 43 on-site parking spaces were sufficient.

Planners also said several objections to the mosque on religious and cultural grounds were found to be “irrelevant” and “unsubstantiated”.

“Some of the representations included statements or reports concerning lack of community integration, assimilation, differences in faiths and beliefs, differences in worldviews, security concerns, perceptions about values and sources of funding and alleged links between members of the Muslim community and/or adherents of the Islamic faith to crime, organised crime, violence and terrorism and the like,” chief planning executive David Papps said in his report.

“Many of them were found to be irrelevant because they did not relate to the ACT Muslim community.

“Many were also unsubstantiated (largely drawn from internet sources), incapable of verification or matters of opinion.”

ACTPla also found the new mosque was necessary to cater to Canberra’s growing Muslim population.

Now all the bigots can cry into their weeties and launch their interminable court appeals.


UPDATE 29/08/12 17:40: And thanks to a reader who’d lodged a submission in support here’s the decision:

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Holden Caulfield 10:54 am 31 Aug 12

Jethro said :

mouldy said :

Disinformation said :

spades said :

I think Canberrans just love to argue for argument’s sake.

No we don’t.

Yes we do.

You’re both wrong.

Oh look, this isn’t an argument. It’s just contradiction!

Stevian 10:34 am 31 Aug 12

Proboscus said :

rosscoact said :

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Good on you, adding some intellectual rigour to the debate

Just because I believe I’ll be worm food when I die doesn’t mean I’m not intelligent. How about those geniuses that believe they’ll get 72 virgins when they die? Or those who reckon they’ll be floating on clouds playing harps?

If an atheist hears a voice in their head telling them to build a boat and collect two of every animal – they’d be committed to the nearest mental health facility. Just sayin’…

Are you sure about that? If he is not breaking any laws and is not a danger to himself or others it’s just a harmless hobby. Also it is the current trend to “mainstream” the mentally ill into the general population. You may be “just sayin'” but your sayin’ wrong

SigmaOctantis 10:30 am 31 Aug 12

“To say that people are insane to believe in anything else suggests that you are a zealot who insists that his way is the one true way, the only way to think. it also demonstrates that you are completely intolerant of people who think differently than you”

Sounds like you’re referring to anyone who votes Greens.

Proboscus 8:54 am 31 Aug 12

rosscoact said :

Proboscus said :

rosscoact said :

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Good on you, adding some intellectual rigour to the debate

Just because I believe I’ll be worm food when I die doesn’t mean I’m not intelligent. How about those geniuses that believe they’ll get 72 virgins when they die? Or those who reckon they’ll be floating on clouds playing harps?

If an atheist hears a voice in their head telling them to build a boat and collect two of every animal – they’d be committed to the nearest mental health facility. Just sayin’…

My comment was in recognition that deliberately saying something inflammatory rather than adding anything to a debate is trolling.

Putting Santa aside for one moment (although saying that most children in the western world under the age of about nine should be in a mental health facility doesn’t do you any favours) you do seem to have an inordinate amount of faith that what you believe in is correct. To say that people are insane to believe in anything else suggests that you are a zealot who insists that his way is the one true way, the only way to think. it also demonstrates that you are completely intolerant of people who think differently than you.

See where I’m going here?

I apologise for the Santa call – my bad. I just threw the big, red bloke in there as an after thought. Kids should be allowed to have fun with Santa, Easter bunny and tooth fairy. Although smart kids eventually grow up and stop believing in these mythical characters.

I still stand by my comments about about belief in the other fictional characters (God and Allah) by adults (kids don’t know any better).

qbngeek 8:44 am 31 Aug 12

Mysteryman said :

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Yeah…. clearly people like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr, William Wilburforce, J. R. R. Tolkien, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Pascal and Descartes were suffering from a serious mental illness.

Meanwhile, what have you managed to achieve while being of “sound mind”?

Since I am a huge Tolkien fan I have to admit the guy was pretty batshit crazy to come out with such awesome stories.

Deref 8:38 am 31 Aug 12

Darkfalz said :

I guess it’s better than the same as another fleece-the-gullible C3 Church going up.

I fixed that for you.

Mysteryman said :

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Yeah…. clearly people like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr, William Wilburforce, J. R. R. Tolkien, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Pascal and Descartes were suffering from a serious mental illness.

Meanwhile, what have you managed to achieve while being of “sound mind”?

Mother Theresa was a disgraceful, disgusting human being, to quote the late, great Hitch, she was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.

rosscoact 6:26 am 31 Aug 12

Proboscus said :

rosscoact said :

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Good on you, adding some intellectual rigour to the debate

Just because I believe I’ll be worm food when I die doesn’t mean I’m not intelligent. How about those geniuses that believe they’ll get 72 virgins when they die? Or those who reckon they’ll be floating on clouds playing harps?

If an atheist hears a voice in their head telling them to build a boat and collect two of every animal – they’d be committed to the nearest mental health facility. Just sayin’…

My comment was in recognition that deliberately saying something inflammatory rather than adding anything to a debate is trolling.

Putting Santa aside for one moment (although saying that most children in the western world under the age of about nine should be in a mental health facility doesn’t do you any favours) you do seem to have an inordinate amount of faith that what you believe in is correct. To say that people are insane to believe in anything else suggests that you are a zealot who insists that his way is the one true way, the only way to think. it also demonstrates that you are completely intolerant of people who think differently than you.

See where I’m going here?

spades 10:40 pm 30 Aug 12

What is the difference between a religious person and a man who believes he has an imaginary friend?

They both believe their special friend exists.
They both talk to their special friends as if they were there.
They are both emotionally attached to their special friend.

Proboscus 9:13 pm 30 Aug 12

rosscoact said :

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Good on you, adding some intellectual rigour to the debate

Just because I believe I’ll be worm food when I die doesn’t mean I’m not intelligent. How about those geniuses that believe they’ll get 72 virgins when they die? Or those who reckon they’ll be floating on clouds playing harps?

If an atheist hears a voice in their head telling them to build a boat and collect two of every animal – they’d be committed to the nearest mental health facility. Just sayin’…

rosscoact 8:06 pm 30 Aug 12

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Good on you, adding some intellectual rigour to the debate

poetix 8:06 pm 30 Aug 12

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

So, most of the world’s population is insane? How long have you felt that way?

Jethro 7:40 pm 30 Aug 12

mouldy said :

Disinformation said :

spades said :

I think Canberrans just love to argue for argument’s sake.

No we don’t.

Yes we do.

You’re both wrong.

Mysteryman 7:39 pm 30 Aug 12

Proboscus said :

Instead of building more mosques, churches, etc, we should be building more psychiatric facilities because if you believe in God, Allah, Santa or whoever, you are suffering from a serious mental illness.

Yeah…. clearly people like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr, William Wilburforce, J. R. R. Tolkien, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Pascal and Descartes were suffering from a serious mental illness.

Meanwhile, what have you managed to achieve while being of “sound mind”?

Fender 7:11 pm 30 Aug 12

Woot. I can’t wait to cherry knock that DH Irwin Ross whom lives around the corner! Good for the goose is good for the gander.

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