* “I’m no Dhimmi”– sez Rev Charlie Cleverley, in defiance of the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Rev John Pritchard, who has backed the plans.
Stop Mosquing Around!
The clergyman who runs one of Oxford’s largest and most successful churches has attacked Muslim plans to begin calls to prayer from the city’s Central Mosque.
The Rev Charlie Cleverley, Rector of St Aldate’s, a thriving charismatic evangelical church in the heart of Oxford, claims non-Muslim residents will be driven away by the thrice-daily calls to prayer over the eastern part of the city.
In coming out against the proposals, Mr Cleverley, who previously worked at a church in a Muslim area of Paris, is going against the views of his own bishop.
*Â ProposedÂ Oxford Mosque: Another symbol of Islamic conquest in the bilad-al Kufr, behind enemy lines, in the heartlands of the unsuspectingÂ infidels…
A Baptist church in Ohio is being accused of religious intolerance for allegedly thwarting a plan to build a mosque on nearby property.
The board of zoning appeals in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio, insists its 5-0 vote against a variance request that would have permitted the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton to build the mosque was not influenced by the local First Baptist Church. The rejection, officials say, was based only on the expected sewage and traffic impact, the Dayton Daily News reported.
* Whatever it takes…
But the senior pastor of the 1,900-member church, Barry Jude, has made his opposition to the mosque clear.
“We just feel that Christianity is right and that Islam is wrong,” Jude told the Daily News. “Therefore, we take a stand to see (a mosque) not in our community. The wonderful thing about our American culture is that you have the right to speak out against something you don’t support.”
The paper says the issue “has touched on larger questions: Does the presence of a mosque locally evoke feelings of fear or even hatred? Are church officials saying out loud what a lot of people are thinking privately?”