Yesterday, the Kentucky Enquirer printed another story about the growing opposition to the mosque planned for Cayton Rd. in Florence. The story contained almost no facts against this mosque plan so that means one of three things: either the reporter is unaware of the facts or was not permitted to write about them or is already biased. Muslims have a word for non-Muslims who help them. They call them Dhimmis and the act of being duped by Muslims is called Dhimmitude. I'll save you the time and give you the Wikipedia definition.
The single theme that ran through the Enquirer story was the mention of a Federal law, The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. I have read hundred of stories about protests against mosques and have never heard anyone mention of this law so I looked it up. Wow! This law even has its own web site http://www.rluipa.com/ and here is what it says about itself: " RLUIPA is a federal statute that was passed in 2000 to provide stronger protection for religious freedom in the land-use and prison contexts." Interesting that they make a connection between religious freedom and prisons. The very first piece this web site has is this story:
Jail agrees to stop censoring the Bible
Under pressure from civil rights organizations, Rappahannock Regional Jail officials stated they would stop censoring religious material in letters to inmates.
This will have to be explored further. Meanwhile, I read the text of The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and found that it has no definition of what constitutes a religion. I was thinking that this law may have been written to address an earlier problem. What came to mind was the siege at the Branch Davidian compound in 1993 in Waco, Texas which resulted in the deaths of 83 people. Although the Branch Davidian's were a Protestant sect based on the Seventh-Day Adventists they caught the attention of the law for having a large weapons cache which resulted in a 50-day siege when the compound was surrounded by FBI, ATF and Texas National Guard when they tried to execute a search warrant. Any way you want to look at it, there is a strong possibility that the law quoted in the Enquirer story was not meant to apply to this issue.
To show how diversified the City of Florence is, the Enquirer goes on to mention that even The Church of Scientology has recently set up operations in an old ex-Baptist church. If any religion wants to set up a place for peaceful worship, no matter how bizarre their beliefs may be, even a religion created by a science-fiction writer like L. Ron Hubbard who thought the Earth was visited by aliens and they should be worshiped as gods should be allowed. But then you must also consider the negative aspects such as why has the Church of Scientology gotten such a bad reputation for criminal conduct. Read TIME magazine, The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power written in 1991, or ABC News 20/20 Exposure of Scientology Cult: Transcript. Google has loads of articles including the background on the criminal indictment in France and Germany. Read the BBC News in the U.K. and another article in TIME magazine, Germany's battle against Scientology.
But one thing stands out about mosques is that they are not just places for peaceful worship, they are the breeding ground for terrorists and so many within the United States have been investigated by the FBI. This is in part due to the fact that many mosques use radical clerics imported from Saudi Arabia along with Wahhabi textbooks brimming with hate. Don't take my word for it, read what they say about themselves.
UK Muslim Leader: Islam Not a Religion of Peace
March 3, 2010 - Erick Stakelbeck
CBN News traveled to London to talk with Anjem Choudary, a leading Muslim radical who says Islamic teachings are what shaped his pro-jihad message.
A Religion of Peace?
"You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace," Choudary told CBN News. "Because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam."
Choudary is the leader of Islam4UK, a group recently banned in Britain under the country's counter-terrorism laws. He wants Islamic Sharia law to rule the United Kingdom and is working to make that dream a reality.
While Islamic radicals in the United States usually prefer to speak in more moderate tones while in public, masking their true agenda, Choudary has no such inhibitions.
He has praised the 9/11 hijackers and has called for the execution of Pope Benedict. He also stirred controversy recently when video emerged of him converting a 10-year-old British boy to Islam.
Openly Praising Jihad
Choudary told CBN News his group is a "non-violent political and ideological movement" that resides in the UK under "a covenant of security."
Yet he openly praises violent jihad.
"The Koran is full of, you know, jihad is the most talked about duty in the Koran other than tawhid -- belief," he said. "Nothing else is mentioned more than the topic of fighting."
Several former members of Choudary's group have been arrested on terrorism charges.
"A very significant amount of former al-Muhajiroun people were involved in terrorist plots against this country," London-based terrorism expert Peter Neumann said. "A number of people have actually gone to Afghanistan, joined the Taliban and died fighting for the Taliban."
Choudary refuses to condemn acts of terror including 9/11 and the July 7, 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people.Islam More than Religion
CBN News asked Choudary for his thoughts on the 7/7 bombings on London's transport system, and whether he condemned them.
"For the people who carried it out, it was legitimate," he replied. "If you look at the will of the 7/7 bombers Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, they would be justified. And there are many verses from the Koran and many statements to say that's the Islamic argument. And that is a difficult Islamic argument to refute. And there are many scholars who support that argument as well."
Choudary says his group is merely following core Islamic teachings and that Islam is much more than a religion.
"This particular belief is more than just a religion," he declared. "It is not just a spiritual belief. It is, in fact, an ideology which you believe in and you struggle for and you are willing even to die for, because you believe in that: That is your whole life."
Choudary seems to relish being called Great Britain's "most hated man" and pledges to continue his rallies calling for the overthrow of the British system.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Erick Stakelbeck is a terrorism analyst for CBN News.
In their zeal to follow Islam Muslims promote Islamic Sharia Law and say this law takes precedence over domestic law. Sharia Law calls for the destruction of all governments that do not follow Sharia. We call this sedition and treason. Many areas in America that have large populations of Muslims are already replacing local law with Islamic Sharia Law. Areas as close by as Columbus, Ohio, where the American Islamic Waqf Noor Islamic Cultural Center mosque in Dublin, Ohio which has been the location for numerous radical Muslim affairs has been subject to FBI investigation. See Central Ohioans Against Terrorism web site. Or in Dearborn, Michigan where Christian Missionaries were arrested for handing out pamphlets on a public street outside an Arab festival.
On his 700 Club TV show, Pat Robertson claimed that Islam is “not a religion,” but “a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination”:
ROBERTSON: That is the ultimate aim. And they talk about infidels and all this, but the truth is that’s what the game is. So you are dealing with not a religion. You’re dealing with a political system. And I think we should treat it as such and treat its adherences as such as we would members of the Communist Party or members of some fascist group. Well, it’s a tragedy. Our hearts go out to the families who suffered. But those in the Army should be held on account for the fact they let this man loose.
Islam: not a religion?
posted by Richard Amesbury
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, is drawing criticism for remarks made earlier this month in which he appears to question whether Islam is a religion.
In a video clip recently made available online, Ramsey is asked during a campaign stop about his stand on “a threat invading our country from the Muslims.” After responding that he is “all about freedom of religion,” Ramsey adds, “You could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, or cult, whatever you want to call it.”
The University of Southern California, Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement has a searchable English language translation of the Qur'an. I searched for some of the words about hate, killing, mutilation and found within the text of this holy book literally hundreds of references. How then can anyone claim this to be a "religion of peace"?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi, or AK) is one of Turkey's most popular pro-Islamic politicians. He is on record as saying: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers..."
Stop the mosque in Florence, Kentucky.