There have been a slew of local controversies in the past decade over the proposed construction of mosques and Islamic community centers. But the only time the New York Slimes has a problem with rezoning against a religious institution is when it is a Muslim one.
NY TIMES Mayor Michael Bloomberg
rightly (traitorousously) stood up for religious (Muslim) liberty ( for his own financial gain) against vitriolic opposition to the construction of an Islamic Victory Mosque at Ground Zero. With the mayor’s support (pressure, financial or otherwise), the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously allowed the project to proceed and it is, slowly. (Not if we can help it)
This spring, officials in Bridgewater, N.J., opposed a plan to turn an old inn, formerly used for weddings and political events, into the town’s only mosque. Rather than stand up to the opposition, stirred up partly by the Tea Party, the mayor, the township council and the planning board raced to change the zoning rules so that a house of worship would no longer be a permitted use on the inn’s property.
The application for the mosque was filed in January. Ignoring established procedures, officials rushed the zoning change so it would be completed before May 5, the effective date of a new state statute on development regulations that would have allowed the mosque to proceed under the old zoning law.
In defending its move, the township prepared a “reexamination report” that raised hazy new traffic concerns even though an earlier report found no such issues, and both the town’s traffic expert and the county’s planning board found that the mosque would have only a minimal effect on traffic. The debate has centered mostly on safety and quality-of-life objections. Mosques, like other religious institutions, are not exempt from such considerations, but objections must be backed up by studies or other hard data (missing here) and may not be used as a pretext to discriminate against a religion seeking to build a house of worship. (Most people don’t consider Islam a religion but rather a tyrannical, oppressive political ideology.
In June, a federal trial judge properly allowed a lawsuit challenging the town’s actions on constitutional and statutory grounds to go forward. Meanwhile, the (Obama Islamic) Justice Department is conducting an investigation into whether the town’s actions violated the 2000 federal law that bars use of zoning restrictions to unreasonably limit religious structures, a possible prelude to the government’s entry into the case. (Of course they will, the Muslim-in-Chief wouldn’t have it any other way)
Over the past month, the department has secured settlements in similar zoning disputes in Georgia and Virginia, allowing proposed mosques to proceed. (But they are only interested in getting as many mosques as possible built before we throw Obama’s Muslim ass out of the White House in 2012.)
Instead of trying to justify its curious skewing of the zoning rules, Bridgewater should be seeking a resolution that permits the mosque to be built and removes a self-inflicted injury to the community’s reputation. (Bite me, you hypocritical Muslim asskissers at the NY Slimes)