The price of not caving to Islamic demands. Not only is this town forced to pay 3.25 million dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood-tied group, but the rabat is going to be built. The Islamic society in New Jersey is allowed to move forward with plans to build a mosque, and the town that had denied it permission will pay $3.25 million, as the result of settlements finalized Tuesday in two federal lawsuits. The opposition is not to the mosque per se, but to mega-structures going up on small, residential streets obliterating the quality of life and tranquility of residential living. This is an Islamic pattern we see time and time again, in Sheepshead Bay, DuPage, Alexandria, Murfreesboro, Shelby County, Temecula, Bloomington, Pittsfield Township, and now Bernards Township.
Obama’s Department of Justice sued this sleepy, little town for rejected a massive mosque proposal.
Islamic supremacists and Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as CAIR called upon their running dogs in Obama’s Department of Justice to impose the sharia and usurp American law for Islamic law. What small town can go up against the U.S. government’s vast resources and endless taxpayer-funded muscle? President Obama’s lawless administration allowed the rampant construction of rabats and jihad recruitment centers at a time when we should be monitoring the mosques and restricting construction of Muslim Brotherhood beachheads and Islamic State madrassas.
I describe this stealth jihad in my book, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.
This is further exploitation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) a well intended but much abused tool for Islamic supremacists. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is time to repeal RLUIPA. It has long been abused by Islamic supremacist groups to construct beachheads, mega mosques tied to jihadist groups in small tiny neighborhoods.
Millions of Muslims come to Western countries with a ready-made model of society and government, and establish parallel societies based on Islamic law. Back in 1999, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) provided enhanced religious liberty protections in two specific situations: the use of land for religious purposes and religious liberty claims by prisoners passed. RLUIPA gives churches and other religious institutions “a way to avoid burdensome zoning law restrictions on their property use.” Ironically, it was legislation largely backed by Republicans, and was meant to scale back on the enormous implications of previous legislation passed under “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” during the Clinton administration. Like most legislation the government passes, the law of unintended consequences comes back to haunt us in spades. The original intent behind the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” while applied to all religions, was “most pertinent to Native American religions that are burdened by increasing expansion of government projects onto sacred land. In Native American religion the land they worship on is very important. Often the particular ceremonies can only take place in certain locations because these locations have special significance.”
By introducing this religious accommodation into law, the Republicans paved the way for the Islamic supremacists to destroy our freedoms and individual rights. The genie is out of the bottle, but RLUIPA ought to be repealed.
In passing these sweeping laws there was concern that “while intended to safeguard the core constitutional principle of religious liberty, could undermine another fundamental constitutional concern, that of ensuring equal protection under the law.” Well, it has and it did. Religious liberty for all? What if a religion is supremacist is steamrolls over the rights of non-believers, oppresses women, calls for the annihilation of Christians and Jews ….”
New Jersey town to pay $3.25 million in lawsuit over mosque
By Chris Boyette, CNN, May 30, 2017:
Dr. Mohammed Ali Chaudry was the plaintif on behalf of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
(CNN)An Islamic society in New Jersey is allowed to move forward with plans to build a mosque, and the town that had denied it permission will pay $3.25 million, as the result of settlements finalized Tuesday in two federal lawsuits.
The two lawsuits were the latest in a nearly four-year dispute between the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and Bernards Township, New Jersey, which had denied zoning approval for the Islamic society to build a mosque. It would have been the first and only mosque in the town, and the society bought the proposed mosque site because zoning of the land permitted houses of worship, according to court documents.
In March 2016, the Islamic society sued the town. The Department of Justice filed suit against Bernards Township in November. Monday’s settlements resolve both lawsuits, according to court documents.
“Federal law requires towns to treat religious land use applications like any other land use application,” acting US Attorney for New Jersey William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “Bernards Township made decisions that treated the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge differently than other houses of worship. The settlement announced today corrects those decisions and ensures that members of this religious community have the same ability to practice their faith as all other religions.”
The DOJ’s complaint alleged the township denied the application to build a mosque using standards it had not applied to other religious and nonreligious groups in the past.
The complaint also alleged that while the Islamic society’s application was pending, the township revised its zoning code so the Islamic society application couldn’t meet the requirements.
The complaints also detailed reports of intimidation and harassment in the community, noting that “fliers, social media and websites denounced the mosque and were filled with anti-Muslim bigotry and references to terrorism and the 9/11 attacks,” according to court documents.
Michael Turner, spokesman for Bernards Township, said in a statement the township had entered the settlement on the advice of counsel as “represents the most effective path forward” and that the planning board’s rejection of the Islamic society’s application to build a mosque was always based on accepted land use criteria and was never discriminatory.
“The settlement agreement addresses the land use concerns of the planning board and incorporates conditions previously agreed upon by the ISBR and the planning board during the application process and deliberations,” Turner said, “Bernards Township is a diverse and inclusive community, where for years the ISBR congregation have practiced their religion along with their neighbors unimpeded, using township facilities at the Bernards Township Community Center and at Dunham Park.”
“We are very pleased by this resolution and hope to receive prompt approval to build our mosque,” said Dr. Mohammed Ali Chaudry, the named plaintiff in the lawsuit and president of the Islamic society. “We look forward to welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds to our mosque. Our doors will be open to anyone interested in building bridges to promote harmony in the community and peace in the world.”
Chaudry is an economist who has lived with his family in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township nearly 40 years since he emigrated from Pakistan, and has served on the Bernards Township board of education and as mayor of the town, according to the complaint.
The Islamic society first submitted its building application in 2012, according to court records. In December 2015, after 39 public hearings — more than for any previous site plan application, the DOJ said — the planning board voted to deny the application.
“Municipalities around the country should pay close attention to what happened in Bernards Township,” Adeel Mangi, the lawyer who represented the Islamic society, said in a statement. “The American Muslim community has the legal resources, the allies, and the determination to stand up for its constitutional rights in court and will do so.”
The Bernards Township mosque is one of several cases in recent years in which local officials have been accused of using zoning laws to keep Muslims from building community centers or houses of worship. Mosque projects also faced opposition in Bayonne, New Jersey; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Wayne, New Jersey; and Henrico, Virginia.
CNN’s Amanda Watts contributed to this report.
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