Muslims open first prayer site in Athens

Immigrant groups on Friday opened the first formal Islamic prayer site to operate in Athens since rule by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire ended more than 170 years ago.

Plans by Greece’s government to build a mosque for tens of thousands of Muslim immigrants living in the capital have stalled, so businessmen in Arab countries financed the downtown cultural center.

Plans to build a mosque in Athens have been unpopular, because of their association with centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire, which ended in 1833 after a long rebellion…

So until last week, there hadn’t been a mosque in Athens since the time of the Ottoman Empire — which lasted from 1299 to 1922.

There’s a song playing in my head — “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1299!”

Hey, when I signed up for embracing this multi-culturalism thing, I didn’t know it included time travel. Somebody, please stop this ride — I want to get off!

Oh, here’s more of that song:

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
So sue me if I go 2 fast

But life is just a party
And parties weren’t meant 2 last

War is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 fight

Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb
We could all die any day
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll dance my life away

Two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
Yeah, Yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna party like it’s 1[2]99

Yeah, 1[2]99
Don’tcha wanna go
Don’tcha wanna go…