Gungahlin mosque gets the go ahead

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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wrigbe wrigbe 8:56 am 30 Aug 12

hurrah!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 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.

spades 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!

Postalgeek 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.

Darkfalz Darkfalz 11:12 am 30 Aug 12

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

Thumper Thumper 11:15 am 30 Aug 12

I demand soaring minarets!

spades 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?

helium 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/

FioBla 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.

harvyk1 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.

    johnboy johnboy 12:42 pm 30 Aug 12

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

spades 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?

Stevian 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

spades 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.

SnapperJack 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.

poetix poetix 4:23 pm 30 Aug 12

Good. Isn’t it nice to read the reasoned language of the decision next to all the feral nonsense we’ve been hearing?

cmdwedge cmdwedge 4:46 pm 30 Aug 12

Cool! The design looks nice too, fits in with the general Gungahlin vibe.

spades spades 5:15 pm 30 Aug 12

Why don’t we have two places of worship next to each other?

Gungahlin can be the city of worship. Put a Jewish Synagogue next to the mosque, and a Catholic church across next to a Hillsong church, Buddhist temple and Hindu temple.

I would LOVE to see how that turns out. Wouldn’t this be the epitome of multiculturalism?

Disinformation Disinformation 5:58 pm 30 Aug 12

spades said :

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

No we don’t.

mouldy mouldy 6:26 pm 30 Aug 12

Disinformation said :

spades said :

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

No we don’t.

Yes we do.

Proboscus Proboscus 6:44 pm 30 Aug 12

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.

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