Muslim intellectuals have rejected a government plan to halt the construction of new mosques in Italy, arguing that it is a shortage of mosques – not the fact that there are too many – that has made it more difficult to monitor radical Islam. The anti-immigrant Northern League has renewed its calls to stop the building of additional mosques in the country. The calls follow the arrest of two suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in Milan. “It is far more important to regulate the various ‘cultural centers’ where Muslims in Italy have to gather for prayers because there are no more suitable venues,” said Gianpiero Vincenzo, the president of the Association of Muslim Intellectuals in Italy.
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