By Pamela Geller
A proposed mega-mosque in the pretty little town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was rejected by the town council last year, “citing an ordinance that limited houses of worship to major roads.” Reasonable enough. Municipal officials argued that the purpose of the ordinance was to “preserve the residential character of its various neighborhoods.”
But Islamic supremacists and Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR called upon their lapdogs at the Department of Justice, who sued Bridgewater. The DoJ has become the de facto legal arm of terror-tied Muslim Brotherhood groups in this country. What small town can go up against the U.S. government’s vast resources and endless taxpayer-funded muscle?
It speaks volumes about the three pillars (more like clubs) of the Islamization of the West – “interfaith dialogue,” “mutual respect” and “mutual understanding” – that they are absent when it comes to Muslim demands. Kuffar and infidels get no such mutual respect, mutual understanding and dialogue when it comes to mega-mosques and free speech. Where is reciprocity? Reciprocity with non-Muslims is forbidden under Islamic law (Shariah).
This New Jersey town was forced to pay Muslims $7.75 million to keep them from building a mega-mosque there.
It’s $7.75 million in Islamic blackmail. Jizya. But they beat the mosquestrosity. Cheap at the price. NJ Advance Media reported that “the Al Falah Center has agreed not to build a mosque on Mountaintop Road – and will instead build one on a $2.75 million 15-acre lot the township will buy for it under the terms of a settlement. … The township’s insurance carrier will also pay the center $5 million for alleged damages, costs and attorney fees to end the years-long lawsuit.”
In a striking violation of the establishment clause, Obama’s lawless administration is imposing the Shariah nationwide, allowing 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.
Many churches and synagogues and Walmarts and what have you have been unable to build because of zoning laws. So why is Muslim supremacism enshrined in Justice Department policy? And why are they given special rights? The United States of America is based on individual rights – no special rights for special classes.
These proposed giant mosques in small residential neighborhoods with even smaller Muslim populations are “rabats,” a beachhead to spread Islam. The first rabat appeared at the time of Muhammad. According to Iranian political analyst Amir Taheri:
The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word “raid”). The ghazva was designed to terrorize the infidels, convince them that their civilization was doomed and force them to submit to Islamic rule. Those who participated in the ghazva were known as the ghazis, or raiders.
After each ghazva, the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat – or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided. The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias [raids].
We have seen these giant mosques go up in small neighborhoods (despite local ordinances), establishing beachheads and turning the neighborhood on its head. Streets turned into parking lots – noxious calls to prayer.
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, or RLUIPA, ended up helping them in this when it expanded governmental protection of religious liberty in connection with the use of land for religious purposes. RLUIPA gave houses of worship a way to get around zoning laws that interfered with what kind of structures they wanted to build. Republicans backed RLUIPA, but they didn’t foresee how it would be used. Its original intent, although it 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.”
But the enforcement of RLUIPA shouldn’t interfere with the regulations and procedures that a town or city has in place. By introducing this religious accommodation into law, the Republicans unwittingly 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 RLIUPA, “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 and steamrolls over the rights of non-believers, oppresses women, and calls for the annihilation of Christians and Jews?
The movement to repeal it should be led by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, who introduced the bill in the Senate as S.2869 on July 13, 2000.
We beat the 16-story mega-mosque that Islamic supremacists planned at Ground Zero, and we can beat these rabats around the country. Repealing RLIUPA will be a start.
Nearly $8 million in jizya – it’s financial jihad.