by, Proud Cons and JewsNews | h/t Gary Jonathan and Ricky Levine | Special Thanks to: FreedomPost.org and Memri
Suad Saleh is a Muslim professor at Al-Azhar University who, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, explains what is acceptable in the Islamic culture for committing female rape.
Saleh says, ‘Those whom you own’ (slaves) existed before Islam. It existed among all nations and countries, not just among pre-Islam Arabs. Anyone could trade in freeborn men and women. This is called the selling of freeborn people. It’s like the selling of human organs and trafficking in freeborn humans today. But when Islam emerged, it put slavery into order, by limiting it to legitimate wars between Muslims and their enemies. If we fought Israel, which is plundering land, and is an aggressor against people and their faith…”
She continued, “Obviously, it is impossible that we will fight Israel, even though Surat Al-Isra in the Quran foretells this, and nothing is beyond the power of Allah… The female prisoners of wars are ‘those whom you own.’ In order to humiliate them, they become the property of the army commander, or of a Muslim, and he can have sex with them just like he has sex with his wives…”
Now, keep in mind this is coming from a “moderate” Muslim, so this is not an extreme view…
Chief Justice of Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court, Ralph Gants. Photo courtesy of: JSMedia Productions.
A few of the American Male Misogynists that Support the Islamic Subjugation of Women in America include: Chief Justice of Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court, Ralph Gants, Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner, William B. Evans
by, Sam Westrop and Charles Jacobs | The Daily Caller | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Last week, the Chief Justice of Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court, Ralph Gants, spoke before the Islamic Society of Boston. He affirmed his support for the mosque, telling congregants that, “you do not stand alone.” Gants is just one of several high profile visits to the mosque in recent months, which have included the Mayor of Boston, the Boston Police Commissioner and local rabbis and reverends.
The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), however, has a long history of extremism. It was founded by the Al Qaeda operative Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who was jailed in 2004 for participating in a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. The ISB’s listed trustees have included prominent Islamist operatives, including Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood. And in 2008, the Muslim American Society, which runs the ISB’s Cultural Center, was labelled by federal prosecutors “as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh. Photo courtesy of: JSMedia Productions.
Today, the ISB claims it is a “model for civic engagement,” and works to “strengthen community relations.” Why, then, does it continue to promote some of America’s most radical preachers?
On October 30, the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) hosted a two-day conference on behalf of an extremist Islamic organization called the Qalam Institute. Two of the keynote speakers are notorious fundamentalist preachers.
One such speaker, Mufti Hussain Kamani, has called upon God to “reward the martyrs of Palestine.” And in a pamphlet titled, ‘The Prophetic Code,’ published by the Qalam Institute, Kamani cites Quranic verse and commentary, in which he tells Muslims: “do not resemble the Jews.” Parents are also advised to “beat” their children “if they do not [pray].”
In a talk titled “Sex, Masturbation and Islam,” Kamani explains that a Muslim man must only fulfill his sexual desires “with his spouse…[or] with a female slave that belongs to him.”
Those who commit adultery or have sex outside of marriage, Kamani also states, must be “stoned to death.”
During another talk on ‘Rights Of A Wife In Islam,’ Kamani explains “how to deal with the women folk” and how Muslim husbands can “train their wives.” Beating women, Kamani advises, should only be a “last measure.”
Extremist preacher Mufti Hussain Kamani, Qalam Institute
Another speaker at the conference is the founder of the Qalam Institute, Abdul Nasir Jangda, who frequently presents sermons about the iniquities and treacheries of the Jews during the time of Islam’s Prophet. Jangda describes Jews in this period as a “really bad people” who opposed the peaceful message of Islam and “liked the trouble because they were able to pull the strings and maintain some type of advantage in the community through political maneuvering. … They were very hateful, very spiteful.”
According to detailed notes published by one of Jangda’s students during one of his seminars, Jangda also defended the use of female sex slaves within Islam. Jangda reportedly concluded that, “Slavery in Islam … is vastly different and superior morally and spiritually to the atrocious, obscene, and vile Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.”
Boston Police Commissioner, William B. Evans. Photo courtesy of: JSMedia Productions.
Furthermore, Jangda apparently expressed support for the killing of apostates and adulterers; claimed that a wife cannot refuse her husband sex: “The thing to understand is that the husband has his set of divinely given rights one of which is the right to have his physical desires satisfied”; and called for people who drink alcohol to be beaten: “One of the largest causes of death in the United States is drunk driving. Such policies would help curb them immensely and avoid harm to the people at large.”
Over the past few months, the ISB has enjoyed high-profile political support, despite its continued promote of bigoted, extremist speakers. The ISB repeatedly claims to have rejected the fundamentalist beliefs of its founding trustees and former officials. Its continued embrace of some of America’s most radical preachers, however, suggests otherwise. When will Massachusetts politicians reject this politics of hate and instead work with moderate Muslim groups?
by, Thomas D. Williams, PH.D. | Breitbart News | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Islam will become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.
Islam’s spectacular birthrates, the relative youth of Muslims and the increase in Muslim immigration into the United States combine to account for its accelerated growth rate in the U.S.
Muslims currently make up approximately 0.9% of the U.S. adult population, or 1.8 million Muslim adults. If children are included, the Muslim population in the United States totals 2.75 million Muslims in the country, the majority of whom (63%) are immigrants.
As the fastest-growing religion in America, by the year 2050, the number of Muslims is projected to more than double, surpassing Judaism as the country’s second-largest religious group after Christianity. Those identifying with Islam are projected to comprise 2.1% of the U.S. population.
Among all immigrants to the United States, the Muslim share also doubled in just ten years, from roughly 5% in 1992 to 10% of all immigrants in 2012. In that year, 100,000 Muslim immigrants entered the country.
Almost half of Muslims living in America, 48%, say that all or most of their close friends are also Muslims, and 69% say religion is very important in their lives.
American Muslims also identify overwhelmingly with the Democratic Party; 70% are sympathetic to the Democrats versus just 11% who say they lean more toward the Republican Party. U.S. Muslims are also favorable to big government, as 68% say they prefer that the government provide “more services.”
Among all religious groups, Muslims tend to be viewed the least favorable by Americans, who view them roughly the same way they view atheists. On the contrary, U.S. citizens view Jews, Catholics, evangelical Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and Mormons more warmly.
Politically, Republicans are less favorable to Islam than are Democrats; Republicans are more likely to say they are “very concerned” about the rise of Islamic extremism in the world and that “Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers.”
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We believe the estimated population projection given by the Pew Research Center is highly inaccurate. Our research has concluded that the Muslim population in the U.S. will double from the current population today within 3-5 years and reflect a 700% increase by 2035.
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Defeating the West Via the Womb:
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‘..Be fruitful and multiply..’
Our future depends on it.
by, Alissa J. Rubin | The New York Times | h/t Natasha Fatah
PARIS — The French government has shut down three mosques and four informal Muslim prayer rooms out of concern that they were contributing to Islamic radicalization, the French interior minister announced Wednesday.
The minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, told the National Assembly that the action was necessary after the deadly terror attacks in and around Paris on Nov. 13, which left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.
“There will be complete firmness against those that preach hatred in France,” he said.
Two of the shuttered mosques are in the greater Paris region and one is in Lyon; four “clandestine” prayer rooms were closed in Nice. The closures are to last only as long as the national state of emergency does, Mr. Cazeneuve said.
The focus on prayer rooms is relatively new. News media reports suggested that the police in several countries were giving closer scrutiny to such places, generally in storefronts or residences.
It was hard to tell from Mr. Cazeneuve’s comments how great a risk the three mosques were thought to present. The French authorities have detained or expelled imams for hate speech, but none connected with the closed mosques, an Interior Ministry official said. However, when the police searched the homes of several people in leadership positions at one of the mosques, they reported finding a revolver, a hidden hard drive, documents about jihad and an undeclared Koranic school.
Politics were also at play. France is to hold regional elections this Sunday and next, and the Socialist government of President François Hollandefaces a test from right-leaning parties. The crackdown on mosques appeared calculated to present Mr. Hollande’s government as tougher than that of his conservative predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.
“How many mosques were closed for radicalization during the last 10 years? None,” Mr. Cazeneuve told the assembly. “How many have been closed since the state of emergency and the recent weeks? Four.”
His staff explained later that when Mr. Cazeneuve said four, he was referring to the locations of the closures, but that in fact in Nice, it was four prayer rooms that were closed.
Referring to Mr. Sarkozy’s time in office, he continued, “How many preachers of hate, imams appealing to terrorism, were expelled between 2007 and 2012?” The figure he gave was 19, compared with 65 imams and preachers expelled since the Socialists took power.
Even so, Mr. Cazeneuve said France was still committed to individual rights: “It is terrorism that threatens our freedoms today, not the state of emergency.”
Mr. Cazeneuve said the pace of government raids and detentions of terror suspects had not slowed. Official tallies show that 263 people have been taken in for questioning, and almost all of those have been detained, while another 330 people have been put under house arrest.
by, Ryan Mauro | The Clarion Project
The Clarion Project has identified over 80 Islamist organizations including mosques in the United States, resulting in prominent media coverage on FOX News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” and the Daily Caller website.
The four organizations discussed in the segment are:
Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia. Shocking video showed its imam preaching that Muslims should be first in line to pick up weapons for violent jihad and characterizing the West as an adversary. The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center is involved in prison outreach in Washington, D.C.
Masjid At-Taqwa of New York, led by the extremely radical and influential cleric Siraj Wahhaj. In 2011, he advised Muslims to stop talking about sharia because “we’re not there yet.”
North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), an organization that owns many mosques across the country. The Justice Department says it is an “entity” of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a sub-division secretly established to support the Hamas terrorist group.
The segment follows the Daily Caller’s creation of a map of over 80 radical mosques based on Clarion’s research. This is about four percent of the estimated 2,106 mosques in the U.S., the news site wrote.
In addition to those 83 sites, there are many other Islamist organizations operating in the U.S. and mosques due to be written about. You can learn about Islamist groups in your state by searching the Islamist Organizations in America section of our website that is continuously updated.
The North American Islamic Trust’s (NAIT’s) website says it owns mosques in 42 states and has stated that it owns the titles to over 325 properties.
Watch Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, on “Fox & Friends” discussing four of the radical mosques and the need to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization:
Islamic Society of Mobile
Islamic Center of Tucson
The center’s constitution shows that NAIT holds its real estate and that it is affiliated with ISNA.
Islamic Community Center of Phoenix
The center’s website says it is entrusted to NAIT.
Bentonville Islamic Center
The center’s constitution says its assets will be held by NAIT in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Center of Little Rock
The center’s website shows it was financed by NAIT and ISNA and previous property was owned by NAIT.
Islamic Center of Davis
The center’s bylaws states that the real state is entrusted to NAIT.
Islamic Center of Fort Collins
Proposed bylaws state its assets will be held by NAIT in the event of dissolution.
Muslim Community Association of San Francisco Bay Area
The center’s constitution says it is entrusted to NAIT.
Islamic Society of Colorado Springs
The society’s constitution states it is entrusted to NAIT and affiliated with ISNA.
American Muslim Community Centers
The centers’s bylaws state that NAIT will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Center of South Florida
The center’s website has shown that it is owned by NAIT.
Al-Huda Islamic Center of Athens
The center’s bylaws state that NAIT holds the title.
Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center
The mosque’s constitution says that assets will be held by NAIT or ISNA in the event of its dissolution and it is affiliated with ISNA.
The mosque’s bylaws state that NAIT will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Center of Bloomington-Normal
The center’s constitution says its property is entrusted with NAIT.
Islamic Center of Carbondale
The center’s constitution states that its real estate will be entrusted with NAIT and it is affiliated with ISNA.
Islamic Center of Peoria
The centere’s website says it is a member of NAIT, affiliated with the North American Imams Federation and endorsed by the Hamas-linked Mosque Foundation.
Muslim American Society (bylaws state its principal office is in Illinois)
The society’s bylaws state that NAIT will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
Council of Islamic Schools in North America
The council’s bylaws state it is affiliated with ISNA and NAIT will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Center of Bloomington
The center’s website says it is linked to NAIT and was originally owned by MSA. The original financing came from the leader of the Muslim World League, a Saudi-backed Islamist group.
Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette
The society’s constitution says its real estate is registered to NAIT.
Darul Arqum Islamic Center
The center’s bylaws state it is entrusted with NAIT.
Islamic Center of Ames / Darul Arqum Islamic Center
The center’s bylaws state it is entrusted with NAIT.
Islamic Center of Des Moines
The center’s constitution and bylaws states that property is entrusted with NAIT.
Prince George’s Muslim Association
The association’s constitution and bylaws state that NAIT owns its property.
Islamic Center of Greater Worcester
The center’s website says it is owned by NAIT and was established as a sub-chapter of ISNA.
Islamic Center of Greater Lansing
The center’s website says it is affiliated with ISNA.
Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor and Vicinity
The center’s constitution says it is registered with NAIT and it will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
The center’s constitution says it is a trust under NAIT and all assets will go to NAIT in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Center of Central Missouri
The center’s constitution and bylaws shows its property is entrusted with NAIT and that it is affiliated with ISNA.
Muslim Society of Jersey Shore / Masjid Bilal
Its website used to declare it as an affiliate of NAIT.
Islamic Center of New Mexico
The center’s website says its property is under the NAIT umbrella and it is affiliated with ISNA.
Islamic Center of the Capital District
The center’s constitution says NAIT owns its real estate and that it is affiliated with ISNA.
Islamic Association of Raleigh
The association’s website says it was founded by MSA. Its bylawsstate it is affiliated with ISNA and the Muslim Community Association of the U.S. and Canada. NAIT owns the property and the authority to enforce its compliance with the Basic Law.
Islamic Center of Charlotte
The center’s constitution and bylaws state that it is owned by NAIT and affiliated with ISNA, ICNA, MAS, Muslim Community Association of U.S. and Canada, and the Carolina Islamic Council.
Columbus Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Jannah
The center’s website says it is registered with NAIT.
Islamic Society of Akron and Kent
The association’s constitution states that assets will go to either NAIT or ISNA in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Society of Edmond
Media reports state it is owned by NAIT and affiliated with ISNA.
Islamic Society of Tulsa
The society’s constitution says it is affiliated with ISNA and all its real estate is held by NAIT.
Mercy School Institute
The institute’s charter says it is owned by NAIT.
The institute’s charter states NAIT will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Association of North Eastern Pennsylvania
The association’s constitution and bylaws states that all property is owned by NAIT.
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
The center’s bylaws state that its property is owned by NAIT and that it is affiliated with ISNA.
Central Mosque of Charleston
The mosque’s constitution and bylaws states that NAIT will own all assets in the event of dissolution.
Grand Strand Islamic Society
The society’s bylaws state that all assets will be held by NAIT in the event of dissolution.
Dar El-Iman Islamic Center
The center’s constitution and bylaws state it is owned by NAIT and affiliated with ISNA.
Institute of Islamic Knowledge
The institute’s website says the leader is a member of NAIT’s board of trustees and that he led various groups to entrust with NAIT. He is also a “pioneer” of the ICNA.
Islamic Association of Carrollton
The association’s constitution says that assets will be held by NAIT in the event of dissolution.
Islamic Community of Bryan/College Station
The organization’s website states it was founded by MSA and bylawsstate that NAIT will hold its assets if dissolved.
Islamic Society of Arlington
Its website used to state that it is owned by NAIT.
Islamic Society of Greater Houston
The society’s constitution and bylaws shows an affiliation with ISNA. A previous version said NAIT holds its real state.
Muslim American Society (website lists Texas contact address)
The society’s bylaws state that NAIT will hold its assets in the event of dissolution.
Muslim Children Education and Civic Center
The center’s website states that NAIT will hold its assets if dissolved.
Nigerian Muslim Association of Greater Houston / Masjid Ul Mu’Mineen
The association’s bylaws state that at least one trustee must be from NAIT and all deeds will be held by NAIT.
North Austin Muslim Community Center
Its website used to say that its property is registered with NAIT.
Valley Ranch Islamic Center
The center’s draft constitution says it is affiliated with NAIT and ISNA.
All Dulles Area Muslim Society [ADAMS] Center
The society’s website states it is affiliated with ISNA.
Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center
The center’s constitution says it is affiliated with NAIT, ISNA and MAS.
Islamic Center of Blacksburg
The center’s constitution says it is owned by NAIT.
Islamic Society of Central Virginia
The society’s bylaws states it is affiliated with NAIT and ISNA.
Islamic Center of Tacoma
The center’s constitution states that assets can be given to NAIT, MSA or any other Sunni organization.
Pullman Islamic Center
The center’s website states it is owned by NAIT and affiliated with ISNA.
Islamic Center of Morgantown
The center’s constitution shows affiliation with NAIT.
In January, a prominent Muslim leader in the United Kingdom with links to the Muslim Brotherhood estimated that half of the mosques in America were founded by Brotherhood members.
Senator Ted Cruz has introduced important legislation to help get the Muslim Brotherhood designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and is now endorsed by five additional representatives.
We encourage readers to ask their congressmen and Senators (and presidential candidates) for their statements on this legislation and/or their general position on designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
W E A R E N O T C O M I N G T O A M E R I C A…
W E A R E A L R E A D Y H E R E !!!
FBI claims to have suspect in shooting…
by, Suzanne Carlson | Hartford Courant | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
MERIDEN, Connecticut — On the same day Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited Baitul Aman mosque to offer support, a local official reassured the public that police have a suspect in the recent shooting that left the mosque’s wall riddled with bullet holes.
No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred sometime over the weekend that followed the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The FBI was called in to investigate.
Kevin Scarpati, chairman of the city council’s public safety committee and mayor-elect, said Friday that police Chief Jeffry Cossette told him authorities have a suspect. Cossette could not be reached for comment, but the FBI issued a statement.
“As a result of our ongoing investigation, we believe that this was an isolated incident and there is no outstanding threat to the community associated with the shooting,” Marybeth Miklos, spokeswoman for the FBI in New Haven, said in a news release. “The criminal investigation into this incident is ongoing,”
When asked to confirm Scarpati’s statements, Miklos said, “We have no further comment beyond our released statement.”
Gov. Malloy visited the mosque Friday afternoon shortly after a prayer service.
“It’s a great honor to be with you, I wish it was under different circumstances,” Malloy said. “I just really wanted to pay my respects, tell you that I stand with you.”
Regional Imam Hamid Malik said there were not regular prayer services on Saturday, Nov. 14, because most members were in New York for the third annual “Holy Quran and Science” symposium.
When members returned to the mosque to pray Sunday evening, they found four bullet holes in the wall next to the prayer hall. One bullet had struck the mosque’s concrete foundation, two more traveled through an outer wall, and a fourth pierced both exterior walls and an interior partition. The shots were fired from the direction of Main Street.
Malloy told the mosque’s members that “right-thinking Americans don’t support this kind of behavior,” but “I think Americans also, particularly the most ignorant among us, tend not to understand even the most basic differences in Islam,” Malloy said. “Quite frankly, if you were present in Syria or Iraq, you would be potentially victims based on your beliefs.”
Baitul Aman mosque is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, an Islamic sect founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889. Ghulam Ahmad instituted nonviolent “jihad of the pen,” and is considered to be the messiah by followers. But that belief is heresy to other Muslim sects who persecute Ahmadis, Imam Malik said.
Malik said his father’s cousin was one of 90 killed in an attack on Ahmadi mosques in Pakistan in 2010, and Pakistan and other countries openly condemn Ahmadis as not being true Muslims.
Mohammed Qureshi, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Connecticut, thanked local police who responded “within 15 minutes” Sunday and investigated through the night.
During Friday’s prayer service, Imam Malik recited a verse from the Quran that says whenever someone kills a person, “it shall be as if he had killed all of mankind.”
Following the service, Salaam Bhatti, deputy spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, encouraged members to resist the fear that the Islamic State group and domestic terrorists are trying to instill.
“Do not retreat into your homes. Do not lock the doors of your mosques. Because if you do that, you are letting the terrorists write the narrative of Islam,” Bhatti said.
Many Muslims who attend Baitul Aman mosque emigrated from across the globe, some as refugees and asylum-seekers.
Members thanked Malloy for his willingness to accept Syrian refugees in Connecticut. Malloy has been vocal in that recent debate, and outside the mosque, he said many who oppose gun control legislation after a mass shooting are the same politicians calling for Muslims to be listed on a national registry and for refugees to be kept out of the country.
“I think there’s this double standard, [a] sick double standard,” Malloy said.
He said government reports show people on the terrorism watch list were able to legally purchase firearms, and “the same governors who are saying we should stop people at state borders and national borders are the same governors who give in to the NRA and should take some amount of personal responsibility for 2,043 people who are on the American terrorism watch list, having allowed them to buy guns.”
Zainab Danquah, 31, of Manchester, came to the area from Ghana a year ago, and Ayesha Kusi, 48, of Waterbury, also moved from Ghana 12 years ago.
Both said they were shocked and afraid by the shooting at the mosque, and had not experienced anything like it in Ghana. But the fear had dissipated by the end of Friday’s service.
“I feel comfortable, I feel OK,” Danquah said.
Shihida Ahmad, 46, of North Haven, said the mosque brings members together from all over the state and as far away as Massachusetts.
“I felt like that bullet touched my heart,” after the shooting, said Ahmad, who is assistant president of the mosque’s women’s auxiliary.
But the support the mosque has received from the community, “means a lot, tears are coming from my eyes,” Ahmad said. “We got some pain and then this is the healing part … we’ll come here to pray no matter what happens.”
When asked what she would say to the gunman, Ahmad replied, “I would say come to our mosque and experience our love for all and hatred for none.”
Eamon Virk, 30, of West Hartford, said she felt it was important to attend Friday’s prayer service with her two children, ages 7 and 4. Virk is regional president of the women’s auxiliary and her husband is ESPN anchor Adnan Virk, the first Muslim host hired by that network.
Virk said she has not discussed the shooting with her children, and she was initially apprehensive about returning to the mosque.
But, “I said I’m going to take them. They need to see the support our community gives to us,” Virk said. “Today I think everybody showed solidarity and came together.”
Baitul Aman mosque is holding an open house for the public Saturday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. The mosque is at 410 Main St. in Meriden.
by, Audrey Blumberg | Nj local ‘Tap Into’ | h/t Creeping Sharia
BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Despite concerns from residents about future planning and insufficient parking, the Bridgewater Township Planning Board unanimously approved an application Monday for an Al Falah Center mosque to be built on Route 202/206.
In December, the township approved a settlement with the Al Falah Center in regard to litigation concerning a proposed mosque on the former Redwood Inn site on Mountain Top Road.
The settlement agreement preserves the residential zoning on the Redwood Inn site, which was part of an ordinance approved in 2011 to remove houses of worship from sites in the township that do not front on a county, state or designated township road. In addition, the settlement settles all monetary claims related to the litigation.
In 2011, Al Falah sued the township after the ordinance was approved and while the application for a mosque was being heard by the planning board. Enacting the ordinance pushed the application to the zoning board for a variance to be on the Redwood Inn property.
The settlement allows Al Falah to build a mosque on a site on Route 202/206, rather than the former Redwood Inn property on Mountain Top Road.
Hearings for the new mosque site began in late August with testimony from the applicant’s engineer, and indicated that the plans have changed from the original Redwood Inn application to actually include two buildings on 10.85 acres, one for the worship center and another for a school.
The applicant presented a few revised plans at Monday’s meeting, first determining that instead of the originally proposed five minarets on the building, there will now only be four. In addition, the applicant plans to lower the height of them by 8 feet, from 78 feet high originally to 70 feet.
West Foothill Road resident Robert Kurz said that still sounds too high for the area. He said he believes there is nothing in the area that will be as visible to residents as the minarets high above the trees.
“If I asked you what your impression of 70, 80 feet is, we would all have different impressions,” he said. “If I’m sitting in my backyard, I’m going to see four towers over the trees. I am asking you to consider not the physical details, but the aesthetic value of the neighborhood.”
But of most concern to many residents in attendance was the parking, and changes suggested by the applicant to provide additional parking if the congregation were to grow large enough failed to comfort them.
The applicant had already provided testimony that it will see 282 parking spaces on the property, about 55 more than is required by township ordinance.
Mitch Ardman, engineer for the applicant, said they have added three parking stalls in the southwesterly corner of the property, as well as seven additional stalls along the easterly entrance, bringing the total number of spaces to 292 on the property.
In addition, the applicant provided information about overflow parking that could be done on the proposed soccer field, if needed.
“It could fit 180 additional parking spaces on the soccer field,” Ardman said. “Access would be through the end of the existing parking lot, and a driveway would come down and people could park there.”
Lloyd Tubman, attorney for the applicant, emphasized that they are not currently proposing paving over the soccer field, just that if it were to ever become necessary because of the congregation growing, that is an option they have.
“We would have to come back for a preliminary site plan if we wanted to do that parking lot,” she said. “We are merely demonstrating the ability to provide banked parking, it would require a separate supplemental amendment. We are not doing that now.”
Planning board attorney Thomas Collins said the applicant has offered a condition with the application that there will be no parking on streets in the neighborhood, on Route 202/206, on the nearby Woodmont property, or any other adjacent properties.
“This would be a condition for the site plan, and would trigger moving to more than one worship service on the same day, and, if that didn’t work, they could go to an offsite location for more parking,” he said.
Tubman said that if services on the holidays attracted more people and vehicles than the applicant has currently accounted for, they would move to hold a second service or rent an offsite space for the service before even considering the option of paving over the soccer field for more parking.
Traffic engineer Gary Dean also recounted the amount of parking accounted for in terms of the proposed school, although he cited that schools are omitted from the town’s ordinance on parking requirements. According to calculations, 23 parking spaces are required for the elementary school component, 12 for middle school and 31 for the high school.
That’s a total requirement of 291 spaces for the property, Dean said, and the applicant is providing 292.
“I hope you can see that sufficient parking will be included on the site,” he said. “Recognizing the condition that has been offered that when the mosque is at peak worship capacity, the school would not be in session, we certainly have demonstrated the adequacy of parking.”
But residents expressed concerns about whether the site will accommodate changes in the future, and whether the applicant has even considered that.
“The hope is that if this becomes a nice place, the people would come,” Kurz said. “We’re not discussing what will happen today, you’re planning what’s happening in five years or 10 years.”
“They are planning 292 spaces, but what about in 10 years?” he added. “That’s what I’m concerned about.”
Kurz questioned when they are going to make the contingency plans if more vehicles show up than the parking spaces can accommodate.
“Let’s make those plans now,” he said. “There should be a concession made now that someone is on hand to handle the overflow. We have to plan in advance.”
Planning board member Ron Charles said he would like to see the applicant have that kind of plan in place for the first holiday they host at the mosque so they are not taken by surprise.
“I think it would make sense prior to the first big holiday to have a plan in place,” he said.
Mayor Dan Hayes said he would be comfortable with a plan being in place for the first holiday, with an evaluation scheduled after that.
“I think that that is something that could be readily agreed to,” he said. “It’s a living plan. It is not easy to turn someone away, so this is the plan now.”
“And this will be a living arrangement, changing as needed,” Charles added.
Charles also requested that Al Falah Center consider saying there will be no use of the soccer field on Sundays, so as to accommodate residents concerned about noise and lights on the weekend.
Tubman said the board of the Al Falah Center will discuss that.
Traffic also remained a concern for residents at the hearing.
“We are going to be putting more traffic on that street,” Kurz said. “People are speeding to go over the rise there, and as they do, they come to the other side and now we are going to be putting traffic making left turns. One car can cause an accident.”
West Foothill Road resident Chris Roberts agreed about the traffic, and questioned whether this would still be a problem if the mosque were built at the originally proposed location on Mountain Top Road.
“I read that if Al Falah is not approved by the township, it automatically goes back to the Redwood Inn site,” he said. “This split the town. I have friends who didn’t want to come to support us because they knew that if it wasn’t approved, it goes back to the Redwood Inn.”
“This is going to cause traffic nightmares,” he added. “At the Redwood Inn, we wouldn’t have any of that.”
The board unanimously approved the building of the mosque and school.
“..Der Islam gehört nicht zu Deutschland..”
by, On Islam | h/t JewsNews
CAIRO – Amid unprecedented escalation of arson attacks targeting German mosques, a new mosque in Bad Salzuflen in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, has been set on fire, raising concerns about a rise in Islamophobia and racism.
“We investigate with high pressure in all directions,” a police spokesman was quoted by Die Welt.
The attack occurred when unidentified arsonists sat the front door of the mosque on fire last Saturday, October 11.
The fire burnt the mosque, at the entrance floor of a building, along with three other apartments in the same floor.
Fire department has reportedly saved nine people, three of them were children, the sources said.
Suspected arson attacks on mosques attended by Turks in Germany raises concerns about a rise in Islamophobia and racism.
In Germany alone 81 attacks targeting mosques have been carried out since 2012.
Meanwhile, 219 attacks were carried out between 2001 and 2012, reflecting a worrying anti-Muslim trend that targeted the religious minority across Europe.
In the Netherlands, four suspects attempted to attack a mosque run by Turks in June, but the Muslim community prevented the attack.
Racist and Islamophobic attacks have also targeted mosques in Denmark and the UK, although there were no casualties.
Germany is believed to be home to nearly 4 million Muslims, including 220,000 in Berlin alone. Turks make up an estimated two thirds of the Muslim minority.
Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.
A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.
A November 2012 study showed that right-wing extremism is notably rising in Germany, particularly in the east of the European country.
The study, “The Changing Society: Right-wing Views in Germany 2012”, found that the number of Germans identifying themselves has grown.
The report indicated that 9 percent of Germans have adopted extreme right-wing beliefs, up from 8.2 percent two years ago.
Pictured above is how the WSU Christian Chapel appeared prior to Muslim infiltration.
University Administrators Remove Cross, Alter and Pews – Replace with Islamic Prayer Rugs
by, Hazel Torres | Christian Today | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Right in the American Heartland, in the state of Kansas, a minority group of Muslim students have succeeded in taking over what used to be the Christian chapel of their university to the dismay of the school’s majority Christian population.
Ironically, the Muslims gained control of the Christian prayer area with the help of the administrators of Wichita State University (WSU) who, last May, decided to make the university’s chapel “faith neutral” to accommodate Muslim students, according to a Fox News report.
University officials ordered workers to remove all the pews and the altar inside the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel. Muslim prayer rugs and some portable chairs were then brought inside.
In a statement, WSU President John Bardo said the changes were in compliance with the wishes of the chapel’s benefactor, Mrs. Harvey D. Grace, who in her last will wrote that “this chapel will be open to all creeds and to all races of people.”
Guided by this, Bardo said they decided to convert the chapel into a facility “welcoming to all religious groups on campus.”
But the changes ultimately resulted in a “Christian cleansing,” according to Fox News. “Anything remotely related to the décor of a Christian church was given the heave-ho.”
The student alumni and university donors protested the removal of the pews and altar. “Why did they have to take out all the pews?” alum Jean Ann Cusick wrote on Facebook.
But the Muslims now in control of the facility are dismissing the Christian outrage, calling it “Islamophobia,” or prejudice against Muslims.
Pictured above is how the Chapel appears now with the Pews, Cross and Alter removed and prayer rugs installed.
The Muslim students have also apparently taken over the university’s student body and publication, the Wichita Eagle. Student body president Joseph Shepard told the Wichita Eagle that the Christian outrage is “coming from off-campus, not from the students here.”
Of the university’s 15,000 predominantly Christian students, only about 1,000 are Muslims.
The Christian protesters continued to appeal to the university administrators not to deprive its majority Christian student population of their religious rights.
Apparently feeling the pressure, President Bardo recently ordered a committee to be formed to study possible changes in the facility to address the concerns of the school’s Christian students.
“I don’t think that change was undertaken with enough consideration of the feelings of all elements of the campus and broader community,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Muslims students are also making their move to assert their control of the facility. They recently presented a petition calling for the university to install Islamic-friendly plumbing—specifically, handheld bidets in restrooms around the campus.