UK Olympic Mosque Project Scrapped

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Plans to build Europe's biggest mosque in London have been scrapped.

The original "mega-mosque" plan would have been large enough to host 70,000 Muslims and was intended to be operational in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

The plan was then downsized to an arena to hold only 12,000, but now it is no more. Tablighi Jamaat, the group behind the mosque,  failed to meet a planning application deadline.

Christian political leader Alan Craig is a councilman in the borough of Newham who led the opposition to the mega-mosque.

"I've said it many, many times. I'm not against a neighborhood mosque," Craig said.  "We're not against mosques. Muslims are allowed mosques same as Christians have churches, but not this socking great one."

Tablighi Jamaat is considered a secretive Islamic sect that the FBI has tied to terrorism.  The group refused to to speak to CBN News, but a video shows Craig confronting the Tablighi leaders at an open house they had staged to try to win public support.

The Newham Council is now considering compulsory purchase of the group's land.

"They've sat on this land. It's key land for the whole regeneration of [the region of] West Ham," Craig added.  "So our intention now is to take it to the authorities and organize a campaign whereby the land is taken off them."

*Originally aired January 19, 2010. 

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