After Muslims quietly buy up at least half the homes in a new Joppatowne area housing complex, they tell the local townspeople that the community will be open to everyone, knowing full well that once half the complex is Muslim only, nobody else will buy homes there.
Baltimore Sun Last spring, members of the Silver Spring-based Majlis Ansarullah USA celebrated the groundbreaking of the “Ansar Housing Complex,” according to photos and information the organization posted on the Internet. They have since been removed.
Community angst has been sparked by information posted on the Internet this summer that Rivers Run is being marketed as a community for Muslim families.
The complex is billed as a “mini-peace village” for Ahmadi Muslims, and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who are 55 or older would get priority in purchasing houses, according to the Majlis Ansarullah USA website.
Muslim community leader told a crowd of about 200 people Tuesday night that the Ansar housing complex being built in Joppatowne will be open to anyone who wants to buy a house there, refuting concerns from residents and elected officials that it would be for Muslims only.
He said a community center is planned for the development, which will be used for social, educational and religious purposes.“Yes we plan to pray there,” he said. “We also plan to open it up to all of you so you can pray there as well.” (CRAP. He knows perfectly well that no one but Muslims will be able to pray there. “Community Center is just an Islamic pseudonym for mosque )
A lawsuit was filed because the county is no longer issuing building permits, according to the complaint. The plaintiffs allege county officials and state legislators “have engaged and continue to engage in a conspiracy to discriminate on the basis of religion in land use and housing” in violation of federal and state law.
“Motivated by and in direct response to anti-Islamic sentiments expressed by certain public officials and certain members of the community, and without any lawful basis, Harford County has refused to issue building permits to the plaintiffs,” according to the suit.
Mustafa M. Sidik, a Joppa resident who identified himself as a Muslim, said opposing a development because a particular religious group settles there isn’t right. So, what I’m saying is, if you guys have a problem with this being a Muslim community you should take a long hard look on yourselves,” he said.