Over one millennia ago, Muhammadans designed minarets into their houses of worship. Now, when built in traditionally Western towns and cities, they stick out like a sore thumb. And, rightly or wrongly, people complain.
Over one millennia ago, Christians began to designed crosses into their houses of worship. Then, as now, when built in traditionally Western towns and cities, they didn't and don't stick out like a sore thumb to the "christian" city fathers, planners, or citizens.
But they do, and have, for centuries, to Muslims. Especially when built along the lines of cathedral architecture.
The design concepts accomplish two common objectives in the worldviews of Muslims and Christians; first, to glorify their respective Gods and, second, to assist in city wide awareness of their location and presence.
Had authentic Christians (Matthew 7:22) in those communities where the cloud scrapping minarets have become an eye irritation been obedient to their God's instructions (Matthew 28:18-20) they would not now be suffering this communal angst.
That Islam is now in ascendancy in the West is the fault of the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13), not the fault of Islam or the local government. To their credit they are doing what their teachings tell them to do.
It is also the fault of the Western Body of Christ to have developed an economy so dependent on oil ... for oil is the cash cow of Islam's growth. Without the petro-dollars they now enjoy, they couldn't build a chicken hutch in my backyard.
So, "church," don't complain to government agents or bureaucrats when an enclave of Muhammadans move into your town; instead, organize a community wide outreach (Acts 1:7-8) at your church, with your members, next Sunday afternoon.
h/t Islamophobia Watch
UPDATE: If this has wet your appetite visit Cranmer for a post on the health of the church in the UK.