The explosive growth in mosque building across the U.S. has little to do with the actual Muslim population numbers (2010 U.S. Census put Muslims in America at 2.6 million which Muslims activists always inflate to 8 million) and everything to with setting up massive Islamic indoctrination centers and schools, some of which have been found to have direct ties to Muslim terrorist groups overseas.
Will the next mega mosque be in your backyard? (HINT: The size of the Muslim population in your neighborhood has little or nothing to do with the size of the mosque they want to build)
“It was more or less to make a statement to the Muslims about how we felt about our religion, our Christianity,” said Mack Richards, a Middle Tennessee Baptist Church member who built the crosses at the request of Grace Baptist member and friend Bobby Francis. “We wanted them to see the crosses and know how we felt about things.”
The mosque next door has been the subject of intense scrutiny and debate in the past two years, including vandalism to its sign, a bomb threat, arson to construction equipmenton site and a lawsuit to block its construction. Plaintiffs unsuccessfully argued in court that Islam is not a religion but won one battle in which the judge agreed that insufficient notice was provided by the county government concerning a meeting over the mosque’s site plans, which is under appeal.
TennesseanWhile furor over the Ground Zero Victory mosque in New York has faded, the dispute over the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro — which began around the same time — has only grown more intense.
Fueled by fears that Muslims are gaining influence while Christians are losing clout, activists have battled to block construction of the Murfreesboro mosque. They’ve argued over the minutia of county zoning laws and whether Islam is a religion. And the fight is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Mosque opponents say they are fighting for the soul of America. Now that the mosque is set to open this month, they are changing their tactics and broadening the scope of their complaints against Islam.
Their latest tactic is to protest requests for accommodations for Muslim students to pray in local schools. Dozens of critics of Islam showed up at a recent Rutherford County school board meeting to voice their disapproval.
And they plan to oppose any attempts by local Muslims to influence life in Rutherford County. “We are going to closely scrutinize everything they do,” said the Rev. Darrel Whaley, mosque opponent and pastor of Kingdom Ministries Worship Center in Murfreesboro.
Until the new Islamic Center was approved in 2010, “I didn’t know that there were any Muslims in this community,” said Pete Doughtie, owner of the Rutherford Reader, a local free newspaper.(That’s because so few of them live in that community)His thoughts on Muslims are summed up in the headline of a recent column: “They have nothing positive to add to America.”
Doughtie’s latest column slammed local school board officials for attending training about Islam in 2011. “All it takes for those Islamic warriors is to get enough foothold in one area such as our government in order for them to feel they are on a roll,” he wrote. “Our schools are vulnerable and are sitting ducks right now.”
Islamic infiltration of Public schools has become the latest target. Doughtie said Muslim students should assimilate to Christian culture rather than being given accommodations during the school day to use a classroom for prayer. “We have been a strong Christian country, and if we don’t get back to it, the whole face of this nation is going to change,” Doughtie said.