Posts Tagged ‘Jonas Gahr Støre’


Let Norway be our lodestar

November 17, 2010

Saudi-funded mosques tend to come in the more radical Sunni flavor than locally funded mosques around the world.  That is why we should be proud of little Norway for fighting against a proposal for a Saudi-backed mosque in Tromsoe.

The Norwegian foreign ministry’s decision should serve as example to governments across the West.  Listen up, King Abdullah.  No church + no synagogue = no mosque.

From Agence France-Presse via the Edmonton Journal (h/t Jihad Watch) on Nov. 9:

A plan to build the world’s north-most mosque has been halted after Norway refused to accept funding from an Arab donor, with the government on Monday citing a lack of religious freedom in his Saudi homeland.

“It would be paradoxical and unnatural to approve financing coming from a country where religious freedom does not exist,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Imerslund.

The mosque in Tromsoe, a city in the Arctic Circle, is being funded in part by a donation from Saudi businessman Hamad al-Gamas, who has pledge 2.5 million euro ($3.5 million CDN) to the project, according to reports in Norwegian media.

“The donor set out as a condition that the Norwegian authorities would provide written approval,” a spokeswoman for the organization building the mosque told broadcaster NRK. “In the absence of such approval, it is natural to suspend the project.