Islamophobia

Facebook protest against Kalgoorlie (WA) mosque gathers momentum

The petition, which has 583 signatures, states that “the council should outright DENY Muslims to build a mosque in Kalgoorlie Boulder to the very end”.

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by Liam Ducey, source: http://www.watoday.com.au

Two Facebook pages waging a campaign against a proposed mosque in Kalgoorlie-Boulder have attracted more than 800 “likes” as the local council prepares to debate the item next month.

A planning application to build a place of public worship at 12 Park Street in the Kalgoorlie suburb of Williamstown was lodged by the Kalgoorlie Islamic Community Centre on June 3.

While the application has not yet gone before councillors, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has directly contacted surrounding homes and businesses and encouraged them to submit written feedback before close of business on Monday.

A Facebook page, “Stop the mosque in Kalgoorlie“, was created on June 25 and has attracted 735 members in just five days.

It states: “Help us stop the mosque! This page is for practical support to the residents of Kalgoorlie opposing the Mosque. No Islamic debate or trolls tolerated here.”

Many of the posts featured on the page link to anti-Islam article and websites, and the page appears to hold a close association to an eastern states Facebook group, “Stop the mosque in Bendigo”.

Far-right opponents of the planned Bendigo mosque recently received a donation of $10,000 to help fund their campaign.

The page has also set up a petition on change.org, calling on the council and local politicians, including Nationals MLA Wendy Duncan and Liberal MLA Graham Jacobs, to block the application.

The petition, which has 583 signatures, states that “the council should outright DENY Muslims to build a mosque in Kalgoorlie Boulder to the very end”.

The vast majority of signatures come from outside the Kalgoorlie region and even includes signatures from the US.

A second Facebook page, Stop the mosque in Kalgoorlie Boulder, is now also campaigning against the mosque.

Created on June 24, the page has 131 “likes” and has shared links with the Patriot Defence League Australia – Eastern Victoria Charter, a group that bills itself as nation-wide “pro Australia” club, committed to protecting Australia from “Islamization”.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO Don Burnett said the item would be put before council in July and, until then, it would be treated as a normal council item.

“This will be dealt with on planning issues, we don’t consider commercial, religious or moral submissions,” he said.

“It’s just a normal council item to us, a lot of stuff that’s been stirred up is not actually Kalgoorlie stuff, councillors aren’t getting any real comment back from local people.”

If the proposed mosque goes ahead, it will be situated close to several churches including Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Goldfields Family Church, Goldfields Alliance Church and St Mary’s Catholic Church.

A mosque was opened earlier this month in the Perth suburb of Southern River after a five-year battle.

Fairfax Media is attempting to speak to a representative of the mosque, while the administrator of the “stop the mosque in Kalgoorlie” Facebook page responded to a request for an interview on Monday night, saying “Will get back to you on that”.

Source: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/facebook-protest-against-kalgoorlie-mosque-gathers-momentum-20140701-zsr3v.html#ixzz36yCWawuk

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We have also received this message from A.D. via our Facebook page

Assalamu allikum dear brother/sister, We are planning a mosque in Kalgoorlie WA. Which has resulted in ADL and Q society developing strong resistance to by writing letters to key people in community, council and a Facebook page Stop Kalgoorlie Mosque have 1400+ likes). They are sharing and distributing ridiculous anti Islamic martial to our local community. In response to this we have created a counter Facebook page for those who support this development and to show local community the goodness of Islam. I would like to request your support with this. Please share goodness on this page, like it and encourage members of your page to do the same https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-the-Mosque-in-Kalgoorlie/632670556828488

—–Update——–

Gungahlin mosque opponents lose court battle

An artist's impression of the proposed Gungahlin Mosque.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Gungahlin Mosque.

A Christian fundamentalist who vigorously fought the construction of a Canberra mosque has controversially linked the development with the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Speaking after losing a long-running court battle against the mosque on Friday, Concerned Citizens of Canberra president Irwin Ross said he did not have a problem with the capital’s Muslim community, but rather ”what’s operating behind them”.

A judgment in the ACT Supreme Court on Friday paves the way for the mosque to be built in Gungahlin, following a protracted court battle that began in August 2012.

The 500-capacity mosque, to be built on The Valley Avenue in Gungahlin, was approved by the city’s planning authority in 2012, but was met with strident opposition by the Concerned Citizens of Canberra group.

Canberra Muslim Community members, including president Yasser Dabhoiwala, welcomed the decision on Friday, saying it reinforced Australian values.

Read in full at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/gungahlin-mosque-opponents-lose-court-battle-20140704-zswao.html#ixzz36yEzFWrQ

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