Mosque's demands squelching 1st Amendment

Friday, August 11, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with U.S. flagThe Thomas More Law Center says a federal judge has completely ignored the free-speech rights of some New Jersey residents who are concerned about the impending construction of a mega-mosque in their community.

The Bernards Township Planning Board has approved a site plan to allow the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to move forward with plans to build a 4,250-square-foot mosque in Bernards Township not far from two memorials erected in the memory of the 17 residents killed on 9/11.

Jay Combs, an attorney with the Thomas More Law Center, was a guest Thursday on American Family Radio. During that interview, he explained that the turning point was when the Obama Justice Department came in and sued on behalf of the Muslims.

"... The Obama administration ... sued 12 different times to enforce this religious land use law," he said. "Of those [12] times, not a single one was on behalf of Christians or Jews. Eleven of those 12 lawsuits were on behalf of mosques, and one was on behalf of a Buddhist temple."

And the attorney says the Islamic Society also made another demand on township residents.

"The Islamic Society hit them with threatening and very burdensome subpoenas wanting all their private emails on anything they had ever said about Islam," said Combs. "And of course we have objected to that, and the court still has not ruled on the issue of those subpoenas."

Combs added that he's saddened some evangelical leaders like Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission supported the mosque in spite of disturbing Koranic verses buried in the mosque's website.

"[One verse said] they should 'fight and slay the infidel wherever you find them,'" he notes. "And it's sad and ... disheartening to us when some evangelical and Christian leaders, without knowing all the facts, come out in favor of the mosque over the legitimate concerns of the Christians next door."

TMLC plans to appeal the judge's ruling that barred residents from criticizing Islam during a public hearing on the proposed mosque.

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