People wrote letters complaining and the local council decided against it. But the politically correct Planning Inspectorate (possibly, but we don't know, bowing to some political pressure) has decided that the good people of Dudley are to have a huge £18 million mosque, whether they want it or not.
And it's to be on land that had been earmarked for employment purposes, too.
The BBC tells us that the West Midlands town's Muslim population appealed against the council's decision to turn down the huge building (pictured as an artist's impression), and won.
Religion wins out again – and gets to erect an out-of-character building to boot. If Muslims see so much as a mere image they don't like – even on a postcard used for advertising purposes by a police force – they complain, and get their way. Residents complain about what they probably perceive is going to be an eyesore in architectural terms, and one many of them will have to pass each day, and they get nowhere.
"The council received hundreds of letters from residents opposing the mosque," says the BBC, which continues, "A statement issued by the council said: 'The planning inspectorate has today allowed the appeal by Dudley Muslim Association over its application for a mosque and community centre in Hall Street, Dudley.' "
Stick your arse in the air five times and day and develop a disliking for pork and poofs, and who knows what you can achieve?