Officials in Athens warn that if they fail to follow through on a plan to build a mosque in the Greek capital, Islamic terrorists could stage an attack.
After a law was passed in 2006 requiring the building of the taxpayer-funded mosque in Votanikos, near the city center, the construction of the building has been held back by numerous appeals against the project.
“It is exactly because of the recent terrorist attacks that we have to move quickly to construct the mosque in Athens,” a government official told Ekathimerini, suggesting that the failure to acquiesce to the demands of Muslims will increase the threat of Athens being targeted by terrorists.
An official at the Education and Religious Affairs Ministry also argued that Muslims would be more prone to radicalization at unofficial places of worship if the mosque, which will be overseen by a government-appointed imam, is not built.
After lurching from one financial crisis to another, Greece is currently being deluged by Muslim migrants from the Middle