ORANGE COUNTRY: A new Islamic Community Center (aka mosque) run by the Islamic nonprofit Aisha Cultural Centers Inc. became the center of a controversial county zoning hearing recently.
WFTV A building on the east side of the county will soon change from a landscaping warehouse to a place for social services, youth programs and college prep tutoring. “It’s almost shocking how low intensity of a use this is. We’re talking about ‘Mommy and Me’ programs with maybe 10 people coming,” said attorney Tara Tedrow. (That’s because people are now aware that ANYTHING called “Islamic community Center” is, in fact, a mosque)
The county received about 85 letters in opposition to the center. Some were about concerns about traffic and noise, but others included comments such as, “Keep terrorism out” and “I don’t want the (Muslim) troubles Europe has.” One ignorant Muslim sympathizer said “I’m upset that I have to see people who are in this room who are “Islamophobics,” who are always rallying against Muslims.”
Unfortunately, in the end, the leftist commissioners voted to allow the nonprofit to move forward with the Islamic center.
Just the rumor of a proposed mosque in Port St. Lucie, FL caused a huge outcry from residents opposed to it.
WPTV There is no official plan or proposal to open a Mosque in Port St. Lucie. But, that did not stop people from speaking out at a city commission meeting Monday to tell city leaders they would never support one group’s hopes to open a mosque on Gatlin Boulevard.
According to Port St. Lucie city leaders, the idea has developed no further than the creation of a GoFundMe page by the Treasure Coast Islamic Society. On the page, it details a goal of raising $200,000 to open a mosque. It reads, “We, Muslim community of Port Saint Lucie and Stuart are looking into buying a Church at Gatlin Area under a new non-profit organization (Treasure Coast Islamic Society) to use as Masjid and Weekend Islamic School. Please HELP.”
Hateful rhetoric toward Muslims resulted on Facebook as talk of a possible mosque spread quickly.
That’s also where supporters of the religion heard about a planned protest at Monday’s city commission meeting, and decided to attend to express that they would support a mosque in the city. “It hurts. It hurts to know that hate is so strong and it’s hate because it’s (justifiable) fear,” said Port St. Lucie resident, Angel French.
Comments against the center included:
“They’re (Muslims) going to be a big problem.”
“15 percent of the Muslim population seeks to destroy and kill you and me. As you go to bed tonight, they’re trying to figure out ways to do that.”
“We don’t need to hear five times a day their prayer. Their culture. You don’t do it here. We are American.”