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Mecca bingo hall outrages Muslims

Mecca bingo hall outrages Muslims

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
07/01/1998
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

A change of name at a Luton bingo hall has met with violent protest from the town's Muslim population - who object to it being called "Mecca". Executives from Mecca Bingo Ltd - which has traded under the name since 1884 - were unable to agree a solution with community leaders at a meeting yesterday. Sections of the community have been outraged since the renaming in November of the bingo hall, previously called Top Rank. They said it was an insult to Islam for the name of their holiest city to be associated with gambling, and on Christmas Day, bricks were thrown through windows at the hall, causing pounds 3,000 of damage.