July 12th, 2010 23:33 EST
Heated Debate Over The Nature Of Islam
Heated debate over the nature of Islam is overshadowing plans to build a mosque in northeast Temecula.
Critics, including the pastor of a church next to the mosque site, say the worship center is a bad fit for the area. They`re also concerned with what they describe as Islam`s extreme agenda of expansion.
The Islamic Center of Temecula Valley`s imam, or prayer leader, said his group is peaceful and only seeks more room to serve its members. And the civil rights manager for a Muslim-American advocacy group said the mosque`s critics are ignorant, if not bigoted . . .
"When churches decide to expand or build facilities, what`s the purpose behind that?" asked Affad Sheikh, civil rights manager with the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Why is this question being asked of the Muslim community?" (More)
NY MOSQUE OPPOSITION CONTINUES - TOP
By Casey Seiler, Times Union, 7/11/10
. . . In a letter to his Democratic opponent, Lazio said that the people of New York need more answers about where the $100 million for the project was coming from, and noted that Rauf had passed up an opportunity to denounce the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization. Lazio also alluded to Rauf`s involvement with the Perdana Global Peace Organization, a primary donor to the Free Gaza Movement, which has attempted to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians in violation of Israel`s naval blockade.
Do any of the above constitute probable cause for an investigation? Only if you think the development of a mosque deserves greater law enforcement scrutiny than the construction of a church or synagogue, or if you think people who utilize their First Amendment rights should be barred from building things in Lower Manhattan. (More)
GROUP PLANS TO COUNTER PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF `RELIGIOUS FREEDOM` - TOP
The Daily News Journal, 7/10/10
A group formed in support of the rights of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will rally on the Public Square as a way to counter a protest march against the center on Wednesday.
Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom is organizing the event in response to local resident Kevin Fisher`s plans to lead a march on Main Street to the County Courthouse (More)