Bishop appeals against mosque

Just a few days after the government said it was issuing a tender for the construction of capital’s first state mosque, the Council of State is to hear Friday an appeal against the project by Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus.

Seraphim, already known for his anti-Semitic opinions, has described a 2006 law paving the way for the creation of the mosque as “a disgraceful and humiliating sacrilege.” He defended his action as a bid “to protect the religious rights of Greek Christians.”

The bishop’s appeal has been backed by a philosophy professor at the University of Athens, two doctors at the Athens Naval Hospital and a cultural association based in Votanikos, where the mosque is to be built, and five local residents.

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