ILLINOIS: DuPage County approved a new mega mosque called MECCA, totally ignoring the angry objections of non-Muslim opponents who expressed concerns that the big mosque would negatively impact residents near the site, but their opinions didn’t sway the liberal dhimmis on the board.
Chicago Tribune—A Muslim group — after months of controversy — won approval Tuesday to build a mosque near Willowbrook.
A conflict between the religious group’s right to practice its faith and the local community’s concern about overdevelopment gave way to compromise when the DuPage County Board accepted a scaled-back proposal of the mosque from the Muslim Educational Cultural Center of America, or MECCA.
Despite Tuesday’s resolution, other conflicts over mosque proposals remain in DuPage County. Board members in January 2010 rejected a proposed mosque near Naperville, which prompted supporters to file a federal lawsuit that is pending. Proposals for facilities near West Chicago and Lombard also are under consideration and being debated.
After rejecting a call to send the matter back to the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals for further study, the board signed off on the revised plan by approving a conditional-use permit 13-5. “I was anticipating the good that was going to come out of this,” said Lena Kasi Touleimat, a member of MECCA.
In addition, the county has considered — but appears to be backing away from — a proposal to prohibit the construction of any more places of assembly, including religious institutions, in unincorporated residential areas.
Though such conflicts have led to concerns of religious discrimination, supporters of the MECCA site were not pointing fingers Tuesday. “I can’t read people’s minds.
“We left it to Allah and we trust what he does,” added Lubna Farooq, a board member of MECCA.
Residents who live near the proposed site who attended the meeting were mostly disappointed. “I’m unhappy,” said Larry Senters. “I’m worried about flooding and traffic. (Not to mention eardrum shattering calls to prayer several times a day)
Eliminated from its proposal were a minaret and dome — considered sacred components of a mosque — and a multipurpose room. The size was decreased from 57,000 square feet to 47,000 square feet and dropped in height from 36 feet to 29 feet.
The board had not approved zoning relief for a mosque since 1994 when a site in Hinsdale was approved, Hoss said. Other Muslim organizations have been granted building permits, including one in 2009 at North Avenue, just west of Interstate Highway 355. That site did not need board approval because it was in a commercial zoning district, he said.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago Office of the TERRORIST FRONT GROUP Council on American-Islamic Relations, the group that filed the lawsuit against the county in the Naperville case, said Tuesday’s decision bodes well for other proposals.
“I think they made the right decision not just for the Muslim community but for the county and the country,” Rehab said. “They voted yes for pluralism, they voted yes to strengthened diversity and yes to equal opportunity for all of us. We hope that this decision will have a positive influence on the other pending cases.” (It’s way past time to ban the construction of any more terrorist training buildings posing as mosques in this country)