Philip Heylen, the Antwerp alderman of public worship, proposed an ambitious plan to do something about the half-empty churches in the city. Currently, some 80 churches await demolishment or possible use other than worship. Heylen sees the churches as an opportunity for Muslims to take over the barely used, but empty churches. Vlaams Belang reacted to the proposal with shock. The party promised actions and campaigns if the alderman pushes through with the plans.