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Blutwölfin
Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 05:59 PM
Buddhists in Iceland have submitted a request to Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs Björn Bjarnason for a lot near Reykjavík to build a Buddhist temple.

The lot they want is near Vífilsstadir, an old farm and tuberculosis asylum in the Reykjavík suburb of Gardabaer. Fréttabladid reports.

According to Páll Júlíusson, the former chairman of the Thai-Icelandic Association, a Thai millionaire has promised to finance the construction of a Buddhist temple in Iceland.

The lot currently belongs to the Icelandic state. Bjarnason wrote in a letter to Gardabaer mayor Gunnar Einarsson that Júlíusson suggested Bjarnason hand over the lot on behalf of the government to Gardabaer, which would then hand it over to the Buddhist Association.

It is reported Júlíusson has also approached Einarsson with this matter. Bjarnason wrote in the letter to Einarsson that he would like to hear his opinion about handing over the lot before taking any actions.



Source (http://icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16539&ew_0_a_id=261203)

Oski
Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 06:04 PM
At least its not a jewish temple, still no place for buddhists in my opinion.

Liberator Germaniae
Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 06:09 PM
At least its not a jewish temple, still no place for buddhists in my opinion.

Anything is better than a jewish temple or a mosques for muslims!

Leofric
Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 09:42 PM
Buddhists in Iceland have submitted a request to Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs Björn Bjarnason for a lot near Reykjavík to build a Buddhist temple.

The lot they want is near Vífilsstadir, an old farm and tuberculosis asylum in the Reykjavík suburb of Gardabaer. Fréttabladid reports.

According to Páll Júlíusson, the former chairman of the Thai-Icelandic Association, a Thai millionaire has promised to finance the construction of a Buddhist temple in Iceland.

The lot currently belongs to the Icelandic state. Bjarnason wrote in a letter to Gardabaer mayor Gunnar Einarsson that Júlíusson suggested Bjarnason hand over the lot on behalf of the government to Gardabaer, which would then hand it over to the Buddhist Association.

It is reported Júlíusson has also approached Einarsson with this matter. Bjarnason wrote in the letter to Einarsson that he would like to hear his opinion about handing over the lot before taking any actions.



Source (http://icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16539&ew_0_a_id=261203)
It can be so hard to tell when dealing with Icelandic names (since they're so restrictive with naming practices) — are these Icelandic Buddhists real Icelanders, or are they immigrants?

Oswiu
Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 09:56 PM
Considering the trouble we're having here in the UK with Saudi financed radical mosques, it'd probably be a good idea to prevent foreigners paying for religious foundations in our countries.

Has anyone seen a plan for the new temple? I hope it's not too garish. Mosque-builders here seem to have PC immunity from planning legislation, and cowed local officials give them carte blanche to build the most ugly structures, not at all in keeping with the local architecture, and in the most prominent positions on skylines. :mad