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How the Patriotic Christians in UK Compel the Muslim Appeasing Government to scrape the Sandhurst Mosque Project

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Mosque at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst:
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), commonly known simply as Sandhurst, at nearly 50 Km south west of London, is the British Army officer initial training centre. The Academy is the British Army equivalent of the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Royal Air Force College Cranwell and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.

The Academy's stated aim is to be "the national centre of excellence for leadership". All British Army officers, including late entry officers who were previously Warrant Officers, as well as many from elsewhere in the world, are trained at Sandhurst. Nearly 10 percent of British cadets are female and nearly 10 percent of all cadets come from overseas. 

The Academy opened in 1947 on the site of the former Royal Military College (RMC) at Sandhurst. It straddles the counties of Berkshire and Surrey; the county border marked by a small stream known as the Wish Stream - after which the Academy journal is named. Primarily, the Academy is situated in College Town, a suburb of Sandhurst, and partly in the outer region of Camberley town. The nearest railway station is Blackwater, Hampshire.

Nearly a couple of years ago, a group of Bangladeshi Muslims, called Bengali Welfare Association prepared a plan to construct a mega-mosque, spending £3 million at Sandhurst. Britishh military Generals are trying to block plans to build a mosque with two 100ft minarets next to Sandhurst. They also said that The £3million building would have a clear view over the military academy which is just 400 yards from its parade ground. Senior officers oppose the project saying it could pose a security threat to cadets. They are concerned that if this thing gets built then soldiers could be put at risk. [1]

The local Christians are really scared and have started to fight the project. They have submitted a mass petition, signed by 7000 residents, to the Ministry of Defense to stop the project. On the next day, an Army source said:

"This has gone right to the top of the chain of command and safety of the soldiers is the first priority."

Each year, hundreds of newly-commissioned Army officers take to the parade ground for the academy's passing out ceremony. The event attracts senior members of the Royal Family, including the Queen when her grandson Prince Harry was commissioned in 2006. Security threat is also there as The Queen and other senior members of the royal family are regular visitors to Sandhurst.

The group ( Bengali Welfare) Association wants to demolish a listed Victorian school building, which is now being used as a mosque, as the center of the mosque complex. They want to demolish the existing building and replace it with a Saudi Arabian-style building. Planning papers reveal that the massive structure would tower over local buildings. The mosque will have five domes, as well as the two minarets. It would have a large central dome, five smaller ones around the central larger dome. The complex would have a morgue, a library and a separate worship area for women.

Local Christians oppose the Project:
The local Christians are against the construction of the mosque. As the first attempt to obstruct the said grand mosque, local people submitted a petition, signed by 1000 people, to the office of Local Council not to sanction the plans. Planning officers were also opposed to the project, but the Muslim appeasing Conservative-dominated officer Surrey Heath gave the mosque the go-ahead signal in June this year. However, a procedural error means the application now needs to go to a full council meeting for approval.

The new mosque will be built on the site of a Victorian former school, which has been used as an Islamic centre and as a mosque for the last 14 years. And the Ministry of Defence - which initially had no objections - has its mind to insist that the minarets are not built.

Local MEP (Member of the European Parliament) Nigel Farage of UKIP (UK Independence Party), who is in favour of the mosque complex, said:

"I am appalled that a local council can totally ignore the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the electorate of Camberley and overturn the recommendations of planning officers.”

When interviewed with a few local people, one of them said:

“This building is quite simply inappropriate and gives rise to genuine security concerns.” Another man said, “I know that senior military officers are extremely concerned about this. It simply cannot be allowed to go ahead.” Alan Kirkland is a local. He said, “Local people are simply flabbergasted that 100ft high minarets can be built right next to the Royal Military Academy.”

Kirkland also said:

“There is obviously a security risk and there is no way that it should be built.” A spokesman of Ministry of Defense said: 'Defence Estates has objected to the plans as such a tall building would give oversight into Defence property which could prove a security risk."

Sandhurst Mosque refused Planning Permission:

On Thursday, 11 March 2010 Surrey Heath Borough Council have finally bowed to the inevitable and refused planning permission for a Mosque in Camberley despite initially approving permission. [2]

The opponents of the Mosque claim they have nothing against Islam or Muslims but oppose the plans on architectural and historic grounds due to the building being listed which is utter nonsense. [3]

Ultimately the controversial plan to build a mosque with two 100ft minarets next to Sandhurst has been scrapped to the jubilation of thousands of residents. The government could not overlook a petition signed by 6,500 locals. The £3million building would have had a clear view over the military academy and is just 400 yards from its parade ground - prompting fears it could be a security threat.Most importantly, a listed Victorian school building was set to be demolished to make way for the huge mosque which would have been a Saudi Arabian-style building.

Muslim Reaction:

To describe the reaction of the Muslims, The London Muslim, wrote:

“Virtually the entire White establishment from Generals, The Police and Journalists have joined together in a racist campaign to prevent a Mosque being built next to the Royal Millitary Sandhurst Acadamy”.

The army oppose the construction is because it overlooks the Academy and therefore Muslims would not be praying but working out how we can blow up Sandhurst or perhaps lining up as snipers when Queen Elizabeth turns up for a parade inspection.

“London Muslim wonders what all the dictators from the Arab world like King Abdullah of Jordan think of this interesting conversation from an academy he and others train at. Nice to know what Sandhurst really thinks of we British Muslims but then given Prince Harry's description of a fellow officer as his "Paki" friend its no surprise that elements of the British Army are still deeply racist”, the report added." [3]

But it would not be very unlikely if the Muslim appeasing political parties and their leaders, for winning the heart of Muslim voters, surrender to their demand, and give a green signal for the project, just before the next General Election.


1. Big Allah is Watching - Huge Mega Mosque to Overlook Sandhurst: by Dan Newling February 21, 2010

2. Camberley mosque plan rejected by council

3. London Muslim

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 19:44  

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