SYMPATHIES to Bendigo, Australia: Despite fierce opposition, a mosquetrosity gets council approval

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BENDIGO RESIDENTS: Sell your homes quickly, before their value drops like a stone after the mosque opens.

ABC  (h/t John) The Bendigo Council has approved plans for the city’s first mosque, despite fierce opposition from some locals who claim the council has failed to protect them from terrorists. These dhimmi council members who approved this much hated mosque project should look at this as their last term in office.

Bendigo residents opposed to the mosque packed the hall

Bendigo residents opposed to the mosque packed the hall

More than 200 people packed into the public gallery at the central Victorian city’s council meeting on Wednesday night. Most had come to voice their objections to a planning application for the mosque in East Bendigo and police were on hand in case things got out of hand.

During the debate, which lasted more than two hours, councillors were constantly shouted down by the gallery, accused of being liars and not listening to ratepayers. Opponents said the mosque would bring violence to Bendigo and the city would be overtaken by Sharia law. “If you’re Muslim and you want a mosque, go back to the Middle East. This is Australia,” one member of the public said.

Proposed mosquetrosity

Proposed mosquetrosity

The protest group asked what councillors were doing to protect the city from terrorism and accused the council of failing to consult the community. “Bendigo people own Bendigo, it’s their town, they have the right to say mosque or no mosque,” one person said.

Councillors voted seven to two to support the development, but agreed the matter was likely to end up at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Councillor James Williams, who voted in favour of the project, addressed the audience, saying we all live in a tolerant country that does not allow extreme actions and racist behaviour.

He said Australia was made up of many backgrounds and beliefs.

Bendigo’s mayor e-mail: b.lyons@bendigocouncillors.org.au

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