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Lawn sign advances feud between mosque, neighbor
The Buffalo News ^ | May 9, 2011, 10:24 PM | Jay Tokasz

Posted on 05/10/2011 9:39:37 AM PDT by nonamer

A feud between two Transit Road neighbors -- a homeowner and a mosque -- turned ugly this weekend when the homeowner staked a sign on his front lawn insinuating that the new 11,600-square-foot Islamic worship site is home to a "bomb making" operation.

Michael Heick, who lives next door to the Jaffarya Islamic Center of Niagara Frontier, put a small sign that reads "Bomb Making Next Driveway" to northbound traffic on Transit Road. The next driveway on the same side of the road as Heick's home heading north is the Jaffarya Center, at 10300 Transit.

Mosque members and other area Muslims objected to the sign and called upon Heick to take it down.

"I would really think it's an incitement of hatred against Muslims," said Dr. Syed Jaffri, an Amherst psychiatrist and member of the mosque's board of trustees. "Law enforcement should take it very seriously. Tomorrow, somebody could say, 'Oh they have weapons,' and people believe it."

Heick said he put up the sign because he was frustrated with how the mosque and Amherst town officials have handled his concerns about the building, which opened in November.

"The place is too close. I don't care what people think. It doesn't matter what people think," he said Monday evening from his front porch. "This is a way to get answers now. I get none from the town. The intent was to catch the eye of the people who I have a problem with."

Heick has long complained that bright lights from the mosque encroach upon his yard and violate town code. He's demanded that the mosque put up a 6-foot-tall fence along his property line, but mosque officials have objected, saying it's too costly.

Instead, they planted shrubs that will grow beyond 6 feet within a few years, they said.

Mubarak Abidi, mosque president, said he called Amherst police over the weekend about the sign but was told there was nothing illegal about it.

"They said there's nothing in the law that we can do anything about this sign," he said.

Heick said the sign was not directed at anyone in particular.

"It does not say what driveway. It doesn't say at the mosque," he said. "I have issues with the mosque. The sign is not directed at anybody. If they feel it's at them, that's how they feel."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: amherst; heich; jaffarya
Unfortunately, I think Mr. Heick is setting himself up for a libel suit. I believe he should have thought this through a little better.
1 posted on 05/10/2011 9:39:42 AM PDT by nonamer
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To: nonamer

Build a B-B-Q stand and have pig races on Friday...


2 posted on 05/10/2011 9:43:30 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: nonamer

He should go bury a pig on the ground at night.


3 posted on 05/10/2011 9:46:39 AM PDT by edcoil (Democrats doing to America what Reagan did to russia. Driving it to bankrupcy.)
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To: 2banana

Pig roast to coincide with evening prayers...


4 posted on 05/10/2011 9:48:26 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: nonamer

He needs to start having a hog roast every Friday afternoon with lots of beer and loud people.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 9:48:57 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: nonamer
Unfortunately, I think Mr. Heick is setting himself up for a libel suit. I believe he should have thought this through a little better

(Only if the mosque wanted to risk having this guy's attorney depose people associated with the mosque so that the neighbor & his attorney could discover any relevant "goings on" @ the mosque...I doubt the mosque would want to do that...)

6 posted on 05/10/2011 9:52:16 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: chris_bdba

Posts 2, 4, and 5 have nailed the perfect solution, in my opinion. I hope the homeowner will act accordingly.


7 posted on 05/10/2011 9:52:36 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: nonamer

[True] Islamophobia:

Avoiding offending Muslims out of fear that they will react violently.


8 posted on 05/10/2011 9:54:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: American Quilter

Using pages from the Quran to start the barbeque fire would be a nice touch.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 9:55:46 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: nonamer
Unfortunately, I think Mr. Heick is setting himself up for a libel suit.

Anybody can sue anybody over anything.

BTW, are you an attorney?

10 posted on 05/10/2011 9:55:59 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Shemp was the Fourth Stooge of the Apocalypse.)
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To: chris_bdba
He needs to start having a hog roast every Friday afternoon with lots of beer and loud people.

Catfish and shrimp, too.

11 posted on 05/10/2011 9:56:18 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: nonamer

hell, I’d donate via paypal if he wants to have weekly “open to the public” pig roasts.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 9:56:54 AM PDT by stompk
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To: thulldud

And get a really loud barking dog. Mooselimbs hate dogs.


13 posted on 05/10/2011 9:59:33 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: edcoil

You could also have a massive dog walk on the sidewalk adjoining the mosque.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 9:59:56 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: nonamer

How about a sign saying “Notamosque Estate” and a pig on a pedestal either side of the driveway, a la Chinese lions ?


15 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:10 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: 2banana

Have you ever noticed how the scent of bacon goes everywhere when it’s being cooked? Yum. I think I’d feel the need for BLTs every weekend. And for extra money he might consider a kennel license.


16 posted on 05/10/2011 10:09:02 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: nonamer

Mike’s Ribs and Kennel Service.


17 posted on 05/10/2011 10:11:51 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: greatplains

Pork roast every Friday!


18 posted on 05/10/2011 10:13:24 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: nonamer
said Dr. Syed Jaffri, an Amherst psychiatrist and member of the mosque's board of trustees

At first reading I thought it said,

said Dr. Syed Jaffri, an Army psychiatrist and member of the mosque's board of trustees

19 posted on 05/10/2011 10:18:17 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: nonamer

Mr. Heick needs a good camera system put up to capture images of anyone attempting to damage him, his property or his sign.

Muslims hate it when infidels have freedom of speech.


20 posted on 05/10/2011 10:22:49 AM PDT by proudpapa
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To: chris_bdba

...and a “Draw a cartoon of Mohammed” contest.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 10:24:24 AM PDT by proudpapa
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To: All

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22 posted on 05/10/2011 10:35:41 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Jeff Chandler

No, I’m not an attorney. And, yes, anyone can sue anyone over anything. It doesn’t take a brilliant legal mind, however, to deduce a potential tort for the wording of his sign. Free speech doesn’t allow for defamation without some proof. What he needed to do is word the sign as an opinion and not a statement of fact.


23 posted on 05/10/2011 10:36:41 AM PDT by nonamer
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To: nonamer

Beheading center two doors down would have been much better.


24 posted on 05/10/2011 10:37:46 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: nonamer

Yes. That may have felt good at the moment but was not very wise. I would have been tempted to put out bright pink concrete pigs as yard art, personally.


25 posted on 05/10/2011 10:49:38 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: 2banana

Woman haters club next drive.


26 posted on 05/10/2011 10:54:32 AM PDT by CONSERVE
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To: nonamer

I’ll be in the neighborhood this Friday and will make sure to stop by and show him my support.

Mosques are “weapons of mass destruction” factories and in the last 2 decades we have seen ample proof of this. Unfortunately our government is doing everything possible to minimize any linkage to these vile bottom dwellers. Remember Holder dancing on the head of a pin attempting to disassociate any connection between the Ft. Hood shootings and these scum of the earth moon god worshipers?

Their comic book for retards is being used by the weak minded to fuel their anger and rage towards the rest of the world and it should come as no surprise we have grown tired of their filthy phony religion of hate.


27 posted on 05/10/2011 10:58:59 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: nonamer
"Jaffarya Islamic Center of Niagara Frontier"...

Very Expansionistic name for a mosque.These Islamists have their sights set on taking this country over, and we can't sit back and watch any longer.

28 posted on 05/10/2011 11:01:25 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: Wurlitzer
I’ll be in the neighborhood this Friday and will make sure to stop by and show him my support.

From what I've heard, the thing is practically in his backyard and very intrusive.
29 posted on 05/10/2011 11:10:58 AM PDT by nonamer
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Audio of squealing pigs at prayer time.


30 posted on 05/10/2011 11:11:02 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nonamer

He’s probably right. Consider the huge mosque being built in Murphreesboro, Tn. There aren’t that many muslims in the area to need a mosque that big. I don’t believe it’s for worshipping only. The next point is why do they have concertina wire around their “churches”. It’s the only “religion” where that is normal.


31 posted on 05/10/2011 11:11:58 AM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: CodeToad
Mooselimbs hate dogs.

Moslems are dogs. That's why they have to keep their women (and I use the term loosely) covered from head to toe.

What he should have said on his sign was "terrorist training center next driveway" This can be proven straight from the koran.

32 posted on 05/10/2011 11:12:03 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: CodeToad
Mooselimbs hate dogs.

Moslems are dogs. That's why they have to keep their women (and I use the term loosely) covered from head to toe.

What he should have said on his sign was "terrorist training center next driveway" This can be proven straight from the koran.

33 posted on 05/10/2011 11:12:24 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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34 posted on 05/10/2011 11:20:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: 17th Miss Regt

A muslim psychiatrist, eh? Man, has he got his work cut out for him!


35 posted on 05/10/2011 11:25:37 AM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: Terry Mross

I also live in Amherst, NY (miles away as Amherst is a pretty big suburb) and can’t fathom that many Muslims needing a large mosque there. There is a large amount of muslims in Lackawanna, NY, but that is clear across the county. I can’t imagine any traveling to the new mosque in East Amherst.


36 posted on 05/10/2011 11:38:08 AM PDT by nonamer
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To: MeganC

Would such a creature even recognize personality pathologies?


37 posted on 05/10/2011 11:44:16 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: nonamer

These Muslims are fresh off the banana boat. And they start trying to push Americans around whose roots go back decades and centuries


38 posted on 05/10/2011 11:57:20 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Here ya go...

http://www.audiosparx.com/sa/archive/Animals/Pigs/A-Squealing-Pig/212335


39 posted on 05/10/2011 11:57:47 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: edcoil

Fence his property and keep a pet boar - anything above a 500 pounder will do.

Better yet, saddle break it and ride it in the area.

“Boarus! Eat the Bad Moslim!”

;-)


40 posted on 05/10/2011 11:58:51 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Psalm 144

Yes. That may have felt good at the moment but was not very wise. I would have been tempted to put out bright pink concrete pigs as yard art, personally.>>>>>>>>

How about a day long pig roast each Friday? The big Muslim mosque day. And get a large fan to blow the smoke in the mosque direction


41 posted on 05/10/2011 12:00:48 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: MeganC
A muslim psychiatrist, eh? Man, has he got his work cut out for him!

He charges by the hour...no problemo.

42 posted on 05/10/2011 12:18:46 PM PDT by gogeo (Palin/Bachmann 2012)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Audio of squealing pigs at prayer time.


Why not go “whole hog” and start a pig farm?


43 posted on 05/10/2011 1:00:44 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: nonamer

No grounds for a suit.

It would have to be much more specific before anyone could assert standing.


44 posted on 05/10/2011 2:47:46 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: editor-surveyor

And ... truth is the absolute defense.


45 posted on 05/10/2011 3:04:04 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (If he has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much $$$ hiding it?)
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To: dennisw

So true!


46 posted on 05/10/2011 3:22:31 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: GladesGuru

“Better yet, saddle break it and ride it in the area.

“Boarus! Eat the Bad Moslim!”

LOL! I love that image! “Yee-Hawwww!”


47 posted on 05/10/2011 5:57:51 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“Why not go “whole hog” and start a pig farm”

I like it.


48 posted on 05/10/2011 6:03:19 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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