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Qtec
08-23-2010, 06:14 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Far from Ground Zero, other plans for mosques run into vehement opposition

By Annie Gowen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 23, 2010; A01

MURFREESBORO, TENN. -- For more than 30 years, the Muslim community in this Nashville suburb has worshipped quietly in a variety of makeshift spaces -- a one-bedroom apartment, an office behind a Lube Express -- attracting little notice even after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

But when the community's leaders proposed a 52,900-square-foot Islamic center with a school and a swimming pool this year, the vehement backlash from their neighbors caught them by surprise. Opponents crowded county meetings and held a noisy protest in the town square that drew hundreds, some carrying signs such as "Keep Tennessee Terror Free."

"We haven't experienced this level of hostility before ever, so it's new to us," said Saleh M. Sbenaty, an engineering professor who is overseeing the mosque's planned expansion.

The Murfreesboro mosque is hundreds of miles from New York City and the national furor about whether an Islamic community center should be built near Ground Zero. But the intense feelings driving that debate have surfaced in communities from California to Florida in recent months, raising questions about whether public attitudes toward Muslims have shifted.

In Tennessee, three plans for new Islamic centers in the Nashville area -- one of which was ultimately withdrawn -- have provoked controversy and outbursts of ugliness. Members of one mosque discovered a delicately rendered Jerusalem cross spray-painted on the side of their building with the words "Muslims go home."

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro became a hot-button political issue during this month's primary election, prompting failed Republican gubernatorial candidate <u>Ron Ramsey to ask whether Islam was a "cult."</u>

Another candidate paid for a billboard high above Interstate 24 near Nashville that read: <u>"Defeat Universal Jihad Now."</u>

Evangelist <u><span style='font-size: 17pt'>Pat Robertson weighed in Thursday, wondering on his television program whether a Muslim takeover of America was imminent</span></u> and whether local officials could be bribed. (The mayor of the county where the Islamic Center is proposed called that idea "ridiculous.")
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The members of the Murfreesboro mosque, who say they have always rejected extremism, have been bewildered by the vitriol.

Sbenaty, 52, who came to the United States from Syria for his doctoral studies three decades ago, gets misty-eyed describing the kindness his neighbors showed his family after Sept. 11. At one point, he recalled, he was in a shopping mall parking lot with his wife, who wears a hijab, and a group of locals made a point to stop and assure them they had nothing to fear.

The other day, however, as he was standing on the mosque's 15-acre parcel of land just outside town, drivers honked and flipped their middle fingers in the air as they rode past.

"It's tough to see that change," Sbenaty said. </div></div>

This is the result of the RW fear mongering. All Muslims are the enemy.
Fox and the RW media are the ones who make sensational claims just to dominate the conversation. Beck, Rush, Coulter etc become more and more outrageous just to get heard. They promote race hate, religious hate, class hate etc etc.......pure hate.
They don't care just as long as the money keeps coming and they get their face on TV.

The RW is doing the same to Muslims as the bus driver did to Rosa Parks, ie 'you can take a seat, but I will will tell you where.'

A recent poll that said 20% of Americans thought Obama was a Muslim says it all. [ 20% is just about the size of the core RW.]
These people are the ones who attacked Obama for attending a <span style='font-size: 17pt'>Christian Church</span> with a controversial Preacher!
Rev Wright ring a bell?

In their attempt to bring down Obama, they have demonized the US Muslim community. Well done guys.







Q........

Gayle in MD
08-23-2010, 11:32 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Far from Ground Zero, other plans for mosques run into vehement opposition

By Annie Gowen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 23, 2010; A01

MURFREESBORO, TENN. -- For more than 30 years, the Muslim community in this Nashville suburb has worshipped quietly in a variety of makeshift spaces -- a one-bedroom apartment, an office behind a Lube Express -- attracting little notice even after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

But when the community's leaders proposed a 52,900-square-foot Islamic center with a school and a swimming pool this year, the vehement backlash from their neighbors caught them by surprise. Opponents crowded county meetings and held a noisy protest in the town square that drew hundreds, some carrying signs such as "Keep Tennessee Terror Free."

"We haven't experienced this level of hostility before ever, so it's new to us," said Saleh M. Sbenaty, an engineering professor who is overseeing the mosque's planned expansion.

The Murfreesboro mosque is hundreds of miles from New York City and the national furor about whether an Islamic community center should be built near Ground Zero. But the intense feelings driving that debate have surfaced in communities from California to Florida in recent months, raising questions about whether public attitudes toward Muslims have shifted.

In Tennessee, three plans for new Islamic centers in the Nashville area -- one of which was ultimately withdrawn -- have provoked controversy and outbursts of ugliness. Members of one mosque discovered a delicately rendered Jerusalem cross spray-painted on the side of their building with the words "Muslims go home."

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro became a hot-button political issue during this month's primary election, prompting failed Republican gubernatorial candidate <u>Ron Ramsey to ask whether Islam was a "cult."</u>

Another candidate paid for a billboard high above Interstate 24 near Nashville that read: <u>"Defeat Universal Jihad Now."</u>

Evangelist <u><span style='font-size: 17pt'>Pat Robertson weighed in Thursday, wondering on his television program whether a Muslim takeover of America was imminent</span></u> and whether local officials could be bribed. (The mayor of the county where the Islamic Center is proposed called that idea "ridiculous.")
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The members of the Murfreesboro mosque, who say they have always rejected extremism, have been bewildered by the vitriol.

Sbenaty, 52, who came to the United States from Syria for his doctoral studies three decades ago, gets misty-eyed describing the kindness his neighbors showed his family after Sept. 11. At one point, he recalled, he was in a shopping mall parking lot with his wife, who wears a hijab, and a group of locals made a point to stop and assure them they had nothing to fear.

The other day, however, as he was standing on the mosque's 15-acre parcel of land just outside town, drivers honked and flipped their middle fingers in the air as they rode past.

"It's tough to see that change," Sbenaty said. </div></div>

This is the result of the RW fear mongering. All Muslims are the enemy.
Fox and the RW media are the ones who make sensational claims just to dominate the conversation. Beck, Rush, Coulter etc become more and more outrageous just to get heard. They promote race hate, religious hate, class hate etc etc.......pure hate.
They don't care just as long as the money keeps coming and they get their face on TV.

The RW is doing the same to Muslims as the bus driver did to Rosa Parks, ie 'you can take a seat, but I will will tell you where.'

A recent poll that said 20% of Americans thought Obama was a Muslim says it all. [ 20% is just about the size of the core RW.]
These people are the ones who attacked Obama for attending a <span style='font-size: 17pt'>Christian Church</span> with a controversial Preacher!
Rev Wright ring a bell?

In their attempt to bring down Obama, they have demonized the US Muslim community. Well done guys.







Q........ </div></div>


Q, you are so right. Watching this sad, disgracful chapter in our history, unfold, is a commentary to why I continue to say, I would NEVER vote for a Republican.

Republicans stood by silently as the radicals in their fringes fomented the lies and hatred which led us to this pitiful point. Time and again, I have felt embarrassment and shame as an American, watching the Slime Party fail refuse to take a stand against the un-American, dangerous tactics of the radical right.

Some day, we will look back at the actions, and the failure to act, by the Republican leaders to speak out against their dangerous fringe, and their hate spewing RW Propaganda shock jocks, and compare them to the disgrace of the McCarthy days. Have they no decency? No, they have none.

G.

LWW
08-23-2010, 03:10 PM
At least they aren't putting up a manger scene at Christmas.

LWW

pooltchr
08-23-2010, 04:01 PM
They just ran a story on the local news about a new one being built about 20 miles from here in Rock Hill, SC (Right in the middle of "Bubba" land, and pretty solid Republican voting record. The story was about how there is little, if any, opposition there. Is it possible that the southern bubbas are just a little more tollerant than their yankee counterparts? Probably not. Maybe it really is about the location, and not the freedom to practice any religion!

The question is not do they have a right to build it. The question is why would they want to build it at that particular location, particularly if their stated goal is to "build bridges". When you are pouring salt on a wound, you aren't really trying to make friends, are you????????????


Steve

Sev
08-23-2010, 04:10 PM
Perhaps they should consider making it a combination Mosque, Synagogue and Church?

bobroberts
08-23-2010, 05:34 PM
Yeah right,Don't make me laugh. Make it a mosque a church and a synagogue. Never happen.
The only reason they want to build it there is to mark where they hit us and to inflame.They don't even have the money to build it.
This religion is as radical as it gets and they don't want to be Westernized, they want us to turn to the Koran and sharia law.
Plus they are willing to wait another 50 years if that is what it takes.

pooltchr
08-23-2010, 06:26 PM
And the amazing thing is we have people who post right here with us who can't see that.

Steve

Sev
08-23-2010, 06:31 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: bobroberts</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Yeah right,Don't make me laugh. Make it a mosque a church and a synagogue. Never happen.
The only reason they want to build it there is to mark where they hit us and to inflame.They don't even have the money to build it.
This religion is as radical as it gets and they don't want to be Westernized, they want us to turn to the Koran and sharia law.
Plus they are willing to wait another 50 years if that is what it takes. </div></div>

Might I interest you in a cold Coors???