Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Cologne mosque has always been controversial. While it was till at the planning stage, it inspired the anti-mosque, anti-Islam Pro-Cologne movement which later blossomed nationwide as the Pro-Deutschland movement, one of the main Counterjihad movements and political parties in Germany.

Now that much of the mosque has been built, it is still generating controversy. A few weeks ago the Turkish association (DITIB) behind the mosque construction dismissed the company responsible for designing and building it, on the grounds of time and cost overruns and failures in the design.

The architect, Paul Böhm, is now hitting back, claiming that the time and cost overruns were due to DITIB continually insisting on changes in the design. Bizarrely, it seems many of these changes were due to DITIB's belief that the architect had embedded secret Christian symbols in the original plans.

The Muslims claimed the three-part dome was a reference to the Christian concept of the Trinity. So Böhm changed it to a four-part dome instead. After extensive computer graphics processing, the Muslims claimed this was a cross. So he changed it again.

Next the Muslims claimed to have found an interwoven P and X symbol in the blueprints. This is a Christian symbol, the Chi Ro, constituting the first letters of Christ's name in Greek. Of course this was entirely imaginary, but the architects were constantly having to adapt the design in response to nonsensical claims like this.

Böhm ultimately blames the Turkish government for the dispute. DITIB is controlled by the Turkish government. He claims it has become increasingly conservative in recent years in keeping with the politics of Ankara. Interestingly, Böhm says he chose to keep quiet about all of these strange goings-on before so as not to provide fodder to "right-wing populists".

Billed originally as a symbol of "open and transparent" Islam, the mosque has instead become the exact opposite.

Sources: Köln Nachrichten Sueddeutsche Zeitung KSTA




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