A Giant Mosque For Strasbourg
A giant mosque is being built for the city of Strasbourg. This brief article appears at Islamisation, where administrator Joachim Véliocras monitors the spread of Islam in France. The Concordat alluded to is a special agreement decreed by Bonaparte dating from 1801 that grants public status to religion, and that permits priests to be paid by the State. When the law of 1905 separating Church and State went into effect Alsace was part of Germany. After WWI Alsace again became French but never renounced the Concordat. Many regard the Concordat as an affront to "laïcité".
Another reminder that UMP is Sarkozy's party.
The Regional Council of Alsace, consisting mainly of UMP members and presided over by Adrien Zeller voted in favor of a 420,000 euro subsidy for the construction of the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg. But it wasn't enough: the general council of the department of Bas-Rhin, also controlled by UMP, granted a supplementary subsidy of 506,000 euros for the huge project. The other parties - Socialist and Green - unanimously voted for the grant. In the name of the Concordat, the UMP controlled municipal council (during the term in office of Fabienne Keller in 2007) granted 610,000 euros to help finance the construction, in accordance with a previous agreement concluded between the preceding socialist mayor and the SCI of the mosque.
Note: SCI ("Société Civile Immobilière") refers to a non-commercial real-estate enterprise with special tax benefits.
The first stone of the mosque was laid on October 29, 2004 by UMP Mayor Fabienne Keller (who was defeated in the recent municipal elections by the socialist candidate Roland Ries). During the inauguration of the new "political center" of Islam in Strasbourg, she was assisted by the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Joseph Dore, who "was thrilled by the occasion", the Grand Rabbi of Strasbourg, René Gutmann, the president of the Urban Committee of Strasbourg, Robert Grossman of the UMP party (...)
Note: If you click the first link above to Islamisation and scroll down you will see photos of Mme Keller laying the first stone.