Caernarfon councillor Kenny Khan, above, was asked by locals Muslims to find them a venue in which they could do Islamic stuff.
Khan found a Hall – owned by the ludicrously-named Feed my Lambs Church in Caernarfon and partly-funded by Heritage Lottery money – but after using it twice the Muslims were told to bugger off because of a “misunderstanding”.
According to this Daily Post report, a row has now broken out, and the church stands accused of anti-Islamic bigotry.
Khan, who is not a Muslim, said the decision to tell the Mohammedans to sling their hook was “appalling”.
Three days after the Muslims’ first meeting, Khan received a phone call from Llanbeblig Rector, the Reverend Roger Donaldson, above, who, although not party to the arrangement, said there had been “a misunderstanding”.
A cheque for £320, which was sent to Llanbeblig Parochial Church Council for use of the hall – a former infant school – was returned.
Two men from the church came into the hall to collect the cheque and actually saw the congregation praying on their mats.
These people pay local taxes. The hall has been Lottery-funded and is for the use of the community. They’ve accepted the cheque and something has happened.
But Rev Donaldson said:
The understanding was they were going to hold bible readings. We are not against Islam; no way. Everybody has the right to worship as they please.
We are not against colour or race. It was just not possible. There has been a breakdown in our public relations.
In a further statement issued Donaldson said:
Feed My Lambs is used for Christian worship and is considered to be a place of worship.
Christian worship has taken place in Feed My Lambs since inception and this element of Christianity was acknowledged when we received the lottery funding.
Feed My Lambs is first and foremost a church hall that allows community use, in a secular context.
We apologise for any misunderstanding.
Shajanur Raja, owner of the licensed Sopna tandoori restaurant in Pontrug said:
We were very happy with the Feed My Lambs hall, it is very clean and presentable and we were grateful to our town councillor for finding us such an excellent place to pray.
We are a small community in Caernarfon but we feel very much a part of the town and would like to be able to hold our prayers here.
Plaid Cymru Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian said:
I would like to know how and why this decision was reached.
The Muslim population of Caernarfon may be small but its members are very much part of our community and should be able to use this building just like anybody else.
A comment below the Daily Post report that has the most likes says:
According to Islam, non Muslims are infidels and should all be killed as non believers, Churches are burnt and Christians are being murdered regularly throughout the world from the Philippines, Africa, the middle and far east, yet these people in Caernarfon have the cheek to make themselves out as ‘victims’. Hypocrites.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn