Controversial mosque in Melbourne suburb of Coolaroo approved despite 1000 objections
No mosque is “controversial”. Auschwitz was not “controversial”. Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler were not “controversial”. F*kc the journaillie that tries to minimise the genocidal doctrine of Islam.
Four hundred people attended the Hume Council meeting on a planning application to build a mosque near Broadmeadows. Police were on hand at the Hume Global Learning Centre during the meeting. Picture: Norm Oorloff
CONTROVERSIAL plan to build a mosque next to a church whose members include victims of Islamic extremists has been given the green light.
More than 1000 objections were lodged with Hume Council against the Al Sadiq Foundation’s proposal to put a Shi’ite mosque next to an existing Assyrian church in the northern suburb of Coolaroo.
Hume approved the mosque permit, but the case went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal amid outrage from supporters of St Mary’s Ancient Church of the East.
VCAT was told that construction of the mosque in Kyabram St would have a significant detrimental effect on St Mary’s congregation, and could affect safety in the area.
But the tribunal has ruled that Australia has a rich and proud history of welcoming all religions and “not unreasonably restricting the place where people choose to practice their own faith”.
“Although many members of the congregation of St Mary’s Church have suffered persecution overseas at the hands of Islamist extremists, and have sought refuge and solace in their church, there is no evidence of provocation or violence that will occur if a mosque is located on adjacent land,” said a VCAT decision published today.
“ … it would be a poor outcome for planning in Victoria if town planning decisions were made to achieve an outcome that effectively replicates in Australia those same divisions, fear and distrust.”
VCAT deputy president Mark Dwyer and member Michael Deidun said there might be a significant social effect if some church members were so affronted by the presence of the mosque that they chose not to attend the church or that it closed because of falling numbers.
“It is acknowledged that some members of the church will take time to adjust, and will find it difficult to adjust,” they said.
“However, this is a voluntary and reversible social effect.”
The tribunal also heard that Lebanese migrant Hussein Ali had donated the land for the mosque to the Al Sadiq Foundation.
“He gave evidence in which he referred to the persecution suffered by his family and other Muslims in the Lebanese civil war, the killing of family members, and the psychological scars of war where childhood friends suddenly became enemies of the moment when sectarian violence erupted,” the decision said.
“Again, it was impossible not to be moved by this evidence.”
The tribunal found no evidence of likely provocation or violence from those linked to the mosque.