‘Mosque on Christian site’ story was fake

An internet story claming a mosque was being built on a Christian-run centre has turned out to be fake.

More than 1,500 people protested on a Facebook page opposing ‘plans’ to demolish the YMCA building, in Lisieux Way, Taunton, to build “a giant mosque”.

A YMCA spokesman said he was aware of the Facebook group and concerns about the future of the facility, which hosts sports, activities and meetings, including Islamic worship. He added: “We’d like to reassure the community there are no plans to demolish Taunton YMCA.”

Fr Julian Lawrence, Taunton YMCA chairman of the board, said: “The rumours are completely false and somewhat spurious. Maybe they’re more to do with the originator’s attitude towards Islamic worship on the site.”

Somerset County Gazette, 14 January 2010