Archive for Monday, August 9, 2010

Opponents fight new mosques

August 9, 2010


— Muslims trying to build houses of worship in the nation’s heartland, far from the heated fight in New York over plans for a mosque near ground zero, are running into opponents even more hostile and aggressive.

Foes of proposed mosques have deployed dogs to intimidate Muslims holding prayer services and spray painted “Not Welcome” on a construction sign, then later ripped it apart.

The 13-story, $100 million Islamic center that could soon rise two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks would dwarf the proposals elsewhere, yet the smaller projects in local communities are stoking a sharper kind of fear and anger than has showed up in New York.

In the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, opponents of a new Islamic center say they believe the mosque will be more than a place of prayer. They are afraid the 15-acre site that was once farmland will be turned into a terrorist training ground for Muslim militants bent on overthrowing the U.S. government.

“They are not a religion. They are a political, militaristic group,” said Bob Shelton, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in the area.

Shelton was among several hundred demonstrators recently who wore “Vote for Jesus” T-shirts and carried signs that said: “No Sharia law for USA!,” referring to the Islamic code of law. Others took their opposition further, spray painting the sign announcing the “Future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro” and tearing it up.

In Temecula, Calif., opponents brought dogs to protest a proposed 25,000-square-foot mosque that would sit on four acres next to a Baptist church.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

The Christian Taliban is out in force. (I wonder if they had to get a leave of absence from teabagging.)

voevoda 7 years, 7 months ago

Last week, when the LJW ran an article about opposition to an American Muslim community building a center in New York, many of the forum respondents argued against it. Some tried to make it a matter of location--too close, they said, to the site of the World Trade Center tragedy, and it might offend survivors. They claimed that they aren't prejudiced against Muslims--they were just concerned for the survivors.
However, the Murphreesboro story sheds stark light on the truth: these respondents and the "offended" survivors are just prejudiced against Muslims, like too many non-Muslim Americans, in Murphreesboro and elsewhere. They simply don't understand that the American Muslims who live in our communities and build community centers and houses of worship are not the same as the Islamist radicals that have hijacked the "Muslim" name in pursuit of their terrorist goals. American Muslims condemned the terrorist attacks on the US, and they are promoting a form of Islam that is consonant with American principles of freedom, civil rights, and pluralism. That form of Islam is a powerful challenge to the extremism of al-Qaida and the Taliban. People who are genuinely concerned about defending the US from Islamist terrorism ought to be doing everything they can to promote American Islam.

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