Architect: Demolish Churches, Replace With Mosques To Integrate Migrants

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A prominent German architect has said that in order to better integrate migrants, churches should be demolished and very “visible” mosques be built in their place. Interviewed in Die Tageszeitung, Joaquim Reinig said he believes Hamburg needs to build more mosques. He said mosques “actively integrate” migrants who the authorities can’t reach. The newspaper asked the architect if he really thought mosques would help migrants integrate rather than just “perpetuate their ancestral way of life”. He replied that in order to properly integrate people in a foreign country, migrants must “have no fear”. This should be done, Mr. Reinig thinks, by building very “visible” mosques. “The visible minaret in modern architecture is a message to the migrants: Do not fear having to lose your identity in this society,” he said. Mr. Reinig said mosques were a sign of integration as they show Muslims they can build a life in Germany while retaining their faith. He noted that Turkish guest workers, who arrived generations ago, thought they would return to Turkey one day. Once they had children and grandchildren in Germany, he argued, the “relatively secular” workers from Anatolia “remembered” their religion. “The desire to become a German citizen and the