Turn empty Catholic churches into mosques, French Muslim leader says

France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population – the largest in Europe.

“It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday.

  • The Butterfly

    He doesn’t seem to care about Pope Francis’ encyclical on Global Warming.

  • Minicapt

    And charge them rent: €50 per person, per prayer service, due at the end of the business day. And all participants must be present in the building for the entire ‘service’. And they must use the original bells, no muezzin caterwauling.


  • Helios Megistos
  • Xavier

    They do have a propensity for symbolism, don’t they?

  • Nan

    That would be blasphemy. Decommissioned churches aren’t to be used for profane things.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I have a better idea, tear them down.

    • Censored_EG

      Or do what they so often do in Toronto… keep the exterior, largely intact, and turn them into fancy lofts. 🙂

  • Censored_EG

    The Islamic Republic of France is well on its way. La Republique Islamique de la France est arrivee!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It won’t be long before it’s the turn of Notre Dame.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Empty all the mosques and turn them into churches and synagogues.