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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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36 Responses to
Gungahlin mosque gets the go ahead
SnapperJack 3:55 pm 30 Aug 12

Stevian said :

spades said :

Postalgeek said :

I’ve bought some halal popcorn for this occasion. Please wait while I put it in the microwave.

What is halal popcorn? Isn’t halal only used to describe meat prepared under Islamic rules?

No

I bought some Asian two minute noodles from Coles a few years back which had Halal symbols on the packs.

spades 2:39 pm 30 Aug 12

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

Look at the shitstorm that this mosque proposal has caused. Now that it’s approved, everyone’s like “meh, what’s the next issue to argue about? Oh, wtf is up with that dental healthcare proposal?!”

Now we’re down to talking about halal popcorn.

Stevian 1:22 pm 30 Aug 12

spades said :

Postalgeek said :

I’ve bought some halal popcorn for this occasion. Please wait while I put it in the microwave.

What is halal popcorn? Isn’t halal only used to describe meat prepared under Islamic rules?

No

johnboy 12:42 pm 30 Aug 12

Halal popcorn would, I imagine, be about the oil used (unless you have an air popper)

spades 12:40 pm 30 Aug 12

Darkfalz said :

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

Or Hillsong fleecing even the not-so-gullible…

I want to put up an atheist/agnostic church. Anyone willing to donate?

harvyk1 12:40 pm 30 Aug 12

spades said :

Postalgeek said :

I’ve bought some halal popcorn for this occasion. Please wait while I put it in the microwave.

What is halal popcorn? Isn’t halal only used to describe meat prepared under Islamic rules?

Halal whilst commonly used to describe meat and meat products is simply a term used to state that the item in question is acceptable for a muslim to use in a prescribed way in accordance to their particular brand of Islam.

Whilst I myself are of no faith (that does not however stop me from enjoying some of the festivals and traditions which various religions provide) I have to say I’m glad the mosque has got the go ahead, and the intolerant of society have been told where to go in no uncertain terms.

FioBla 11:37 am 30 Aug 12

spades said :

Postalgeek said :

I’ve bought some halal popcorn for this occasion. Please wait while I put it in the microwave.

What is halal popcorn? Isn’t halal only used to describe meat prepared under Islamic rules?

Don’t think it’s that narrow. Some food colouring and additives are haram; cf Kosher.

helium 11:22 am 30 Aug 12

Excellent, they will need $2 million to proceed, Mosque details and donation at http://www.cmc-au.org/

spades 11:17 am 30 Aug 12

Postalgeek said :

I’ve bought some halal popcorn for this occasion. Please wait while I put it in the microwave.

What is halal popcorn? Isn’t halal only used to describe meat prepared under Islamic rules?

Thumper 11:15 am 30 Aug 12

I demand soaring minarets!

Darkfalz 11:12 am 30 Aug 12

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

Postalgeek 10:56 am 30 Aug 12

I’ve bought some halal popcorn for this occasion. Please wait while I put it in the microwave.

spades 10:42 am 30 Aug 12

I am neither for nor against this mosque. As a person with no religious denomination, I am intolerant of all sorts of religious zealots. What will give me the shits is if the mosque becomes too “loud” with certain views—public speeches in their courtyard, large banners, etc. I am not against Muslims, as I would just be annoyed with a “Jesus Saves” or “What would Jesus do?” banners.

I do hope more middle eastern restaurants open up though!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:25 am 30 Aug 12

This makes me happy. Not only for the ghungalin muslim community but also becuase its going to cause a bunch of intolerant morons rage.

wrigbe 8:56 am 30 Aug 12

hurrah!

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