Saudi Arabia’s offer to build 200 mosques in Germany to help western Europe handle the influx of Syrian refugees, has drawn mixed reactions.
On Thursday, September 10, a well-known British atheist branded the news “either a sick joke or sick insult to German generosity.” Amid all the debate, the chancellor of Germany was non-committal. And a Berlin pastor continued to invite Muslims into his church instead.
Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins was horribly afraid it might not be a joke”, referring to the Saudi offer. According to the Huffington Post, Dawkins said that the only thing more useless to refugees in Germany than 200 mosques was 201 mosques.
Chancellor Angela Merkel gave no public response to the proposal by Saudi Arabia, during a news conference in Berlin. Instead, she made this general statement about the refugee crisis to BBC.
“I am happy that Germany has become a country that many people outside of Germany now associate with hope.”
He also pointed out that Germany draws the most refugees in the 28-member European Union. With 43 percent of the burden falling on German shoulders, he believes a more equitable distribution of asylum applications across Europe is in order.
Full article: Saudi Arabia Offers to Build 200 Mosques in Germany as Swelling Muslim Numbers Stir Controversy (The Inquisitor)