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MahopacJack

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 11:04:26 AM

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"Obama's DOJ Sues Minnesota City for Rejecting Islamic Center"

"The Department of Justice has announced that it is suing the small town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, after a two-year investigation into the town's denial of a permit to create an Islamic cultural center.

The DOJ claims that the north Minneapolis town broke a federal law when it rejected the center in 2012.

"An injustice has been done," U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said on August 27. "I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws."

The DOJ claims that the city violated the law when it refused the Abu Huraira Islamic Center the right to create an Islamic cultural center in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center. The DOJ cites a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act that was enacted in the year 2000. "

"To buttress its case, the DOJ claimed that there were examples in the past of the city allowing some religious groups to use the zoned areas and also allowing non-industrial uses. But Lindgren said that the city has denied permits to religious sects other than Muslims in the past, proving, he said, that the town isn't discriminating against Muslims."

"The city will vigorously defend its actions," Lindgren insisted this week. "Doesn't matter whether it's a mosque, synagogue, church--none are allowed in the area intended for manufacturing and offices where jobs are put into place."

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PopcornPirate
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 10:44:40 AM

These Muslim centers want to build on secluded residential areas.
The infrastructure can not handle the increase in traffic.
Residential ...means NO Businesses or high traffic developments.
We had the same problem in NJ here last year.
I think it was Berkly Heights, NJ
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 9:14:07 AM

Using another link, the FBI reports for 2012 that of the 1,340 victims of an anti-religious hate crime reported, 62.4 % were victims of anti-Jewish bias, and 11.6 % were victims of an anti-Islamic bias.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 9:04:27 AM

AC was wrong. He should have said 5X, not 3x.

According to the linked NBC report, 66% of hate crimes are against Jews--12% against Muslims.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 8/31/2014 9:07:12 AM EST]
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 8:29:14 AM

"But did you know that the hate crime rate against Jews and Jewish places is about 3X that of Muslims and Islamic sites?"

Interesting.

Any credible sources to back up that statement.

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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 4:46:23 PM

AC-302, >>...if the Obama (In)Justice department and Eric Holder are so gung ho about religious rights, then why don't they vigorously prosecute the hate crimes against Jewish people and Jewish holy sites. People decry the hate crimes against Muslims, and they are insidious and wrong. But did you know that the hate crime rate against Jews and Jewish places is about 3X that of Muslims and Islamic sites? When is the Obama administration going to protect ALL religious minorities, not just the select few Obama seems to "like"? <<
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All excellent questions. Adding to them, when are the media reporters going to do their job and investigate the many cases of this (and other) discrimination?

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AC-302
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 2:16:58 PM

It will be interesting to see how this one shakes out. IT sounds like a question of zoning, but we shall see.

Tell me, if the Obama (In)Justice department and Eric Holder are so gung ho about religious rights, then why don't they vigorously prosecute the hate crimes against Jewish people and Jewish holy sites. People decry the hate crimes against Muslims, and they are insidious and wrong. But did you know that the hate crime rate against Jews and Jewish places is about 3X that of Muslims and Islamic sites? When is the Obama administration going to protect ALL religious minorities, not just the select few Obama seems to "like"?
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