Skip to comments.FEDS: OPPOSING TENNESSEE MOSQUE COULD BE A CRIME
Posted on 10/18/2010 9:42:02 PM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: "Washington .The Obama administration, for the second time in two months, interjected itself Monday into an angry local dispute over a proposed Islamic center, warning local officials that opposing the mosque could violate the civil rights of its members and become a federal crime.
The Department of Justice filed court papers Monday in support of construction of a Murfreesboro, Tennessee mosque, saying local Muslims were protected by the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion and disputing opponents claims that Islam is not a valid religion."
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
And just like that, poof! No more First Amendment!
NOTE The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, October 18, 2010
Justice Department Files Brief in Support of Continued Construction of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Mosque
WASHINGTON The Justice Departments Civil Rights Division today filed an amicus brief in support of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., that has met with community opposition and a lawsuit.
The brief was filed in a state court action in which a group of Murfreesboro landowners are attempting to stop construction of the mosque. Rutherford County, Tenn., is the defendant in the civil case, and had granted permission for the construction of the mosque. The county is opposing the landowners attempt to stop construction.
The departments brief argues that Islam is a religion entitled to protection under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and points out that, consistent among all three branches of government, the United States has recognized Islam as a major world religion. It also argues that mosques are places of religious worship, and that Rutherford County properly determined that it must treat the mosque project as it would other proposals for construction of places of worship.
A mosque is quite plainly a place of worship, and the county rightly recognized that it had an obligation to treat mosques the same as churches, synagogue, or any other religious assemblies. This is not only common sense; it is required by federal law. The Justice Department is committed to protecting rights of Americans of all faiths to build places of worship and to worship in peace, said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Although this is presently a local matter, the U. S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Tennessee vigorously support the decision of the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners in approving the site plans and authorizing construction of a mosque and Islamic center, said U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin. To suggest that Islam is not a religion is quite simply ridiculous. Each branch of the federal government has independently recognized Islam as one of the major religions of the world. As pointed out in our brief filed with the court, had the Rutherford County Government adopted the position the plaintiffs set forth, it would likely be in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2000.
The departments brief comes shortly after the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Religious Land Use or Institutionalized Persons act (RLUIPA) on Sept. 22, 2010. RLUIPA protects the rights of religious assemblies and institutions to be free from discrimination in the application of zoning and land-use laws. In the 10 years since its passage, RLUIPA has helped secure the ability of thousands of individuals and institutions to practice their faiths freely and without discrimination.
In the past 10 years, the department has opened 51 RLUIPA investigations, filed seven lawsuits under RLUIPAs land-use provisions and participated in 40 privately filed lawsuits. More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.usdoj.gov/crt. Individuals who believe that they have been victims of discrimination can call the Discrimination Tip Line at 1-800-896-7743, or e-mail the Justice Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about laying out messages with Bacon or slices of Ham?? Is that still legal?? LOL
Yep. Burn up that Constitution.
Obama said he would ban Koran burning “if he could.”
Hate speech is non-speech. Welcome to Orwell-land.
If they have barred a Christian church from being rebuilt at Ground Zero, how is Christianity being treated equal?
Tyranny on the march!
If this were a group of atheists protesting a Christian church, LSM would be slobbering all over the poor group of non-believers. ACLU would be showing up filing lawsuits.
Another disaster served up by the InJustice Department.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
I oppose the Mosque. Come and get me, copper!
People traded the Bill of Rights for a TV clicker.
The elites, Obama and their Saudi backers who control TV, including Fox, thank you all.
“Islamic Center Spokeswoman Convicted Felon
Camie Ayash Jailed For Taking $300K From Employer”
POSTED: 9:14 am CDT September 21, 2010
UPDATED: 11:19 am CDT September 21, 2010
SNIPPET: “MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is a convicted felon.
According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Camie Ayash was jailed for about a year in 2006 for stealing more than $300,000 from a former employer.
Guidelines posted on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s website state that if a member is convicted of a felony, his or her membership in the mosque can be terminated.
Ayash said that rule does not apply to her, since she is on the board.”
They say some of us gun nuts “worship guns.” Well, let’s see how the ObamaLogic(TM) stands up to the test of free exercise of religion in this context. In particular, we should have houses of worship in DC, as well as NYC and in a lot of other places.
Isn’t the “Justice Department” the same government pinheads who sided with the southern invaders against Arizona? What’s going on here?
October 07, 2010 NEWS » FEATURES
“U.S. Department of Justice visitors tell Muslims they have their back in the Murfreesboro mosque dispute”
by STEPHEN GEORGE
SNIPPET: “”Sharia law is jihad,” attorney Brandon told the Murfreesboro court last week. “We believe there is a direct connection to the ICM [Islamic Center of Murfreesboro]. Sharia says the U.S. Constitution is suitable for toilet paper.”
The Murfreesboro mosque’s worshippers, however, suggest that alarmist warnings about Sharia rule in Middle Tennessee are what should be printed on Charmin.
“It’s ridiculous,” says Kattih. “If you look at our members, we’re a system of government. Everything is done through certain government systems. Our congregation is less than 1 percent of the population in this area. How can we possibly impose anything on the government?”
Mohammad Ahmed Al-Sherif, imam of the Islamic Center of Nashville, says it is reassuring in a time of fear and anxiety for Middle Tennessee Muslims to have the fully expressed backing of the U.S. government.”
Does this mean we can now have prayer in school, public Nativity scenes and post the Ten Commandments in our courthouses?
Where was the feds when the separatist movement moved to Utah and Wyoming and that part of the world and the feds saw them as an enemy of the state and did every thing it could to bring them down? Now they say the muzzies have a right to do this and to do that and at the same time they are going after white people who oppose this government and have not committed any crimes.
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