RELIGION TAKING FLIGHT

Adopting an agnostic avian attitude towards the flight of religion,

Islam appears like a hawk, Christianity - a tame pigeon.

It's for sure there'd be hands raised in something like hysteria

At any suggestion of building churches in distant Syria,

Whilst there's no doubt there also exists an excluding ban

On any subject similar in the ayatollahs' Iran;

And there's no sign whatever of a welcoming "howdy"

From the oil-smooth sheiks in neighbouring (not neighbourly!) Saudi.

So - for this agnostic it seems quite legitimate to say

They should remember the thousand mosques allowed in the UK.

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raypool

Wed 20th Mar 2019 22:41

Never one to avoid discussion I would just add the fact that similar numbers of Christian churches were erected during the Victorian fervour for organised religion; a shift of emphasis and of course sources of funding must be a factor in the new emergence. Every influx of immigrants will have their religious centres, and perhaps it is as well as that gives them a focus. If many are turning their back on Anglican and Catholic churches we can hardly pray for the removal of the new idolators, can we. I think of course we are on the thorny subject of integration, which needs at least a new bible to cover it.

Ray

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Brian Maryon

Wed 20th Mar 2019 20:16

I sometimes think we are too welcoming for our own good.

I was surprised to see the other day that the first mosque wasn't in Bradford, Manchester or London...but in Woking.

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