Skip to comments.Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces
Posted on 08/28/2014 1:12:20 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center.
An injustice has been done, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said at a news conference in Minneapolis. I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws.
Actually, DOJ happily stood by when the city previously denied a Christian group the use of the same space. Mr. Luger didnt mention that in his pretentious announcement.
The lawsuit alleges that the councils decision to deny the Abu Huraira Islamic Center the right to establish a worship center in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act passed by Congress in 2000.
Like me, you probably have never heard of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. I havent studied it, but, according to the DOJs web site, it prohibits zoning laws that treat churches or other religious assemblies or institutions on less than equal terms with nonreligious institutions. So it may actually apply here. Although, of course, no one worried about that when a Christian group was being turned down.
Apparently the Religious Land Use statute is being used by the federal government around the country to force acceptance of Islamic centers, contrary to local zoning regulations:
It marks the first time federal prosecutors have sued a Minnesota city citing the law, although the Justice Department has filed similar suits elsewhere in the country on behalf of Islamic centers, according to a U.S. attorneys office spokesman.
So what is going on here? Why did St. Anthony turn down the application to use the property in question as an Islamic center?
In June 2012, the council rejected Abu Hurairas proposal, concluding that a religious and cultural center was incompatible with the sites light-industrial zoning.
On Wednesday, St. Anthony officials continued to defend the councils action, saying that the rejection was based purely on zoning issues. It was not based on discrimination at all, said City Attorney Jay Lindgren.
Religious uses of any type are allowed in the vast majority of the city, he said. They are just not allowed in the roughly five percent of the city reserved for industrial uses. An industrial zone is designed to create jobs and be an economic engine.
Once upon a time, that would have been considered a reasonable zoning decision. But now, the full weight of the federal governmentthat is, the Obama administrationhas come down on the side of Islam. And Islam only:
Lindgren said that the city denied another Christian organizations request in the past few years that was similar to that of the Islamic center.
It isnt hard to understand what is going on here. While I wish the town of St. Anthony well, it is pretty obvious that they will be ground underfoot by the powers that be, i.e., Eric Holders Department of Justice. Not because the administration has any particular regard for religion in general, as Christians and Jews can readily attestjust look at the Obamacare regulations. Rather, because the administration wants to display favoritism toward Islam.
If an administration could be shown to consistently favor one religion over others, would that constitute a violation of the First Amendment? Of course. But, as with so many other Obama administration scandals, long before the judicial system could even begin to address the issue on its merits, the malefactors will be long gone.
Especially when he says it himself.
Not a single more mosque or islamic center in this country until churches are allowed in Mecca, Medinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, etc.
Actually, that is exactly what I was going to do. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. What reason do these MOFOs have, for favoring the Muzzies, other than the fact that it appears to me, that the government is full of Muzzies, or they don't want to be called Islamophobes or racists. If someone can give me a better reason, I would like to hear it.
What’s next, joining the Arab League, government offices closed for Ramadan, an amendment forbidding criticism of the prophet? I mean the Arabian one, by the way.
He cited Charles D' Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws: "There are two sorts of tyranny. One is real, which arises from oppression. The other is seated in opinion, and is sure to be felt whenever those who govern establish things shocking to the existing ideas of a nation."
Our Founding generation was well aware of this danger, for it was in part why we revolted. Hugh and Series. Tyranny doesnt have to be outright abuse and gulags. It can be less forceful though policies that contradict/refute/violate our traditions. The virus of islam is more dangerous than any foreign army could ever be.
Our GOP just sits back, ignores the muzzie invasion, reminds us they are not democrats, all in the expectation we'll put them in control of congress next year.
Obama lies like Satan, but he is keeping one promise, to fundamentally transform the United States through the destruction of civil society.
Would that also mean Saudi citizenship for the adherents thereof?
“Not Democrats” by name is meaningless, of course. The GOP-e is a great big agglomeration of Charlie Crists.
As a Regressive acquaintance of mine stated recently: “This country is changing, whether you like it or not.”
Remind your acquaintance that for every force there’s a counter-force and that things can change, and change back, in the blink of an eye.
That’s a case of “be careful what you wish for” . . . they don’t know what they’re inviting upon themselves.
ST. Anthony will have to show a compelling reason, since the 1st is involved, but they could win this (even in the Fed’s court) something like Bundy running off the BLM federal bullies.
So, soldiers praying before going into forward ops are considered “establishing a religion” and atheists go wild, go nuts, and must sue to stop this.
The federal government is setting up mosques, and the atheists are, where, exactly?
The US govt is owned by the Saudis.
Interesting placement (industrial center) because I have also seen one hidden within an industrial center. Why there? Why not next to the Mall so people will want to go to the CULTURAL center, to learn about a CULTURE, not a religion?
Once allowed in a tolerant nonmuslim society, Islamists immediately announce an endless stream of offenses to their so called religion. They keep chipping away in the society until the society has totally submitted to Allah's stupid demands. The absurdity is that the most intolerant fascist based cult on the face of the earth demands under the guise of religion that all nonmuslims conform to Islam or else. The recent crazed bacon controversy in Vermont is just one example.
obammy is a fag and a mooselimb and a worthless lazy piece of crap.
NOt much of his story is true.
“The US govt is owned by the Saudis.”
The Saudi’s committed two acts of war against the US in the 1970’s - two oil embargoes. We took no military action against them.
The Saudi’s funded Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks involved in a number of terrorist attacks on the US and its overseas interests in the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s, including the 9/11 attacks. The US government has passively accepted these acts of war.
Most of the hijackers who caused the 9/11 attacks were Saudi’s.
The American military became a mercenary army for the Saudi’s in the early 1990’s with the Desert Storm campaign against Iraq. The Saudi government made direct payments to the US government to defray the cost.
The Saudi’s are funding the construction of Islamic centers around the nation, Islamic political and social action groups inside the US, and the colonization of the US by Muslims from the Middle East, Africa, and south Asia.
President George W. Bush walked hand in hand with the Saudi prince after 9/11. Barack Obama bowed to the Saudi King.
While they fight to suppress anything that’s Christian or Jewish.
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