Muslims Converting Empty European Churches into Mosques
Muslims in Europe are increasingly converting empty Christian churches into mosques.
The proliferation of mosques housed in former churches reflects the rise of Islam as the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Europe.
There are now more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians in many parts of Europe, not only in large urban centers, but also in smaller towns and cities across the continent.
As Islam replaces Christianity as the dominant religion in Europe, more and more churches are set to become mosques, which increasingly serve not only as religious institutions but also function as the foundational political building blocks for the establishment of separate, parallel Muslim communities in Europe that are based on Islamic Sharia law.
The latest churches destined to become mosques are located in Germany, where the Roman Catholic Church has announced plans to close up to six churches in Duisburg, an industrial city in northwestern part of the country, due to falling church attendance.
In addition to Roman Catholic churches, some Protestant churches have also been converted into mosques in Germany, where the Muslim population has jumped from around 50,000 in the early 1980s to more than 4 million today.
In Germany as a whole, more than 400 Roman Catholic churches and more than 100 Protestant churches have been closed since 2000, according to one estimate.
Another 700 Roman Catholic churches are slated to be closed over the next several years.
By contrast, there are now more than 200 mosques (including more than 40 mega-mosques), 2,600 Muslim prayer halls and a countless number unofficial mosques in Germany. Another 128 mosques are currently under construction, according to the Zentralinstitut Islam-Archiv, a Muslim organization based in Germany.
In neighboring France, mosques are being built more often than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practicing Muslims in the country than practicing Catholics.
Nearly 150 new mosques are currently under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe.
Why does our Church not go out and meet these people in the streets and at least try to bring them the Light of Christ? Why does our Church go out of it's way to "bring Catholics home" (which is good and I'm all for) but doesn't have the guts to stand up and proclaim the Truth of Chrsit to non-believers? What has happened to our CHURCH?!
@louella : you may add scientific atheism and the lukewarmness of Catholics ,sins of the fathers and ignorance of the hierarchy to that receipe. With Christian evangelicals meeting in school and public buildings,opening the doors of the church buildings or even bequesting them to fellow Christians instead of selling them to the highest bidder would have been the only proper solution.We -the …More
@louella : you may add scientific atheism and the lukewarmness of Catholics ,sins of the fathers and ignorance of the hierarchy to that receipe. With Christian evangelicals meeting in school and public buildings,opening the doors of the church buildings or even bequesting them to fellow Christians instead of selling them to the highest bidder would have been the only proper solution.We -the Church ,generations of Catholics of yesteryear sacrificed,paid tites,build churches to worship the One True God ... and now we are to remain silent and take it in stride as the churches are used as colateral to satisfy sex abuse settlements and payouts just because in some seminaries the faculty members instead of teaching Catholic doctrine were emphesizing the "higher "thought of pagan philosophers and cathering to their own homosexual tendencies encouraging the idea of "the highest expresssion of love being that between pupil and the master" glorified the pagan minds of the Greeks and Romans ? Did it ever occur to them that the hipocracy of the pharisees Jesus was rebuking pales in comparison? ... and they themselves joined the ranks of pagans given to self vain glory and lusts of the flesh ? - those who woved celibacy and were to reveal to others the "mystery" of man being the temple of the Holy Spirit and in whose care the souls,the dwelling places of the Most Holy Trinity were given ? Of such as these Jesus said :" The LORD could no longer bear ,because of the evil of your doings,and because of the abominations which ye have committed;therefore is your land a desolation,and an astonishement,and a curse,without an inhabitant,as at this day.Because ye have burned incense ( Because of their wickedness they have committed to provoke Me to anger,in that they went to burn incense to worship ,and to serve other gods,whom they knew not,neither they,ye,nor your fathers.Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets,rising early and sending them,saying,Oh,do not this abominable thing that I hate.But they hearkened not,nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness,to burn incense to other gods),and because ye have sinned against the LORD,and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD,nor walked in his statues,nor in his testimonies;therefore this evil happened to you,as at this day." - Jeremiah 44. " And now,O ye priests,this commandment is for you:If ye will not hear and if ye will not lay i t to heart to give glory unto My Name,saith the Lord of hosts,I will even send a curse upon you ... Behold I will corrupt your seed and spread dung upon your faces..."Malachi 2