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Progressive Party Councilor Stands by Mosque Comments
by Zoë Robert
Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, representative of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, said in an interview with DV today that she does not regret comments regarding the building of a mosque made during the municipal election campaign earlier this year.
Sveinbjörg stated during the campaign that she wanted city authorities to go back on their promise to the Muslim Association of Iceland on a free lot to build a mosque in Reykjavík. In the interview, Sveinbjörg reiterated her opinion that a mosque in Reykjavík is "unnecessary."
"According to the constitution, we have our churches and I think there is no need to build a mosque here," she said, pointing out that there are already two places of worship for Muslims in the capital. "We need to take a look at why the rise of Muslims is being discussed in neighboring countries."
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