Greece is in the midst of a great financial crisis and it is possible they will fail as the Greece we know and love. The last thing they should be doing right now is spending money to build mosques. Taxpayer money to construct a monument to Muhammad and the hegemony that is Islam will only further the disconnect between the government and the people, and embolden Muslims to push for further concessions.
It is an interesting dichomoty that the Greek government would spend tax dollars to build a mosque, yet no Islamic country following sharia and the Qur'an allows for new churches to be built, and to get a permit to improve, rebuild or repair a church takes years, if approved at all. The Pact of Umar details this and other restrictions on Christians and other non-Muslims in Muslim lands and spells out clearly the second-class status of non-Muslims.
This approval of a mosque at taxpayers expense is a very bad precedent to set, and Greece will suffer the consequences because of it.
From the Greek Reporter July 23 by Penny Koutourinis
Building To Be Reconstructed Into Mosque For Muslim Community In Athens
The Greek government will finance the reconstruction of building structures into mosques for the Muslim community in Athens. Estimated to cost less than 15 million, the existing plans for the mosque will serve 500 faithful Muslims.
30,000$ per Muslim is what is being spent. Nice to see Greece has no more debt crisis.
The building of the former Naval Base in Botanikos has been chosen and once it is renovated and converted, it will operate as an Islamic mosque in Athens. According to the amendment tabled in parliament it will be incorporated in a bill being debated by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change which governs energy issues.
The Steering Committee of the mosque consists of five Greek government officials and two Muslims from recognized associations in Athens. The Islamic leadership position, often the worship leader of a mosque and the Muslim community will be appointed after approval by the Minister of Education.