- خبر من مصادر إنجليزية.
تشهد مقاطعة "جانجالين" بالعاصمة الأسترالية "كانبيرا" جدلاً وانقسامًا مجتمعيًّا كبيرًا بعد تقدم عدد من المسلمين بطلب للمسؤولين لبناء مسجد ومركز إسلامي.
وقد قام عدد من المواطنين المحليين بتأسيس مجموعة "المواطنون المهتمون بكانبيرا" التي يقودها "أروين روس" الناشط النصراني لمعارضة المشروع وحث المواطنين على رفض المشروع الإسلامي من خلال الترويج للأكاذيب والمفاهيم المغلوطة حول الإسلام والنقاب ومناقضة الشريعة الإسلامية للقيم الأسترالية. المصدر: شبكة الألوكة.
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ACT planners have been told that women in burqas will scare children in Gungahlin if Canberra's Muslim community proceeds with plans to build a mosque in the area.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority has received more than 50 submissions in response to the proposed development on The Valley Avenue.
It follows a campaign by a group called the "Concerned Citizens of Canberra" that urged residents to object to the development because of its "social impact" and concerns about traffic and noise.
The Canberra Times revealed on Saturday that the group's spokesman, Irwin Ross, is a Christian fundamentalist activist who describes himself as a pastor with Olive Tree Ministries.
More than 30 submissions lodged with ACTPLA object to the development on grounds including traffic, parking, design, lack of consultation and, according to one anonymous submission, claims the mosque is not "compatible with Australian values and Australian law".
But a further 20 Canberra residents wrote to the government in support of the development, some complaining about the anonymous anti-mosque flyers that were delivered to their homes.
One objection to the mosque asks the ACT government if it can "assure the citizens of Gungahlin that this centre will not be taken over by extremists, bent on bringing chaos to our immediate community".
Another claims the sight of women wearing burqas will be "perturbing" for children in the area.
One Gungahlin resident complains Muslims have to: "obey the Koran and therefore Sharia law. This means that Sharia law will always come first and Australian law second".
"I am particularly worried about the women and girls," the resident's letter states.
"In the DA [development application] several rooms are allocated for weekend classes - which means that all the girls from early age on will have Koran lessons and therefore will have no real chance to get integrated in Australian society."
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