The more they learn about Islam, the more shocked they will be.
Yusuf Soule, volunteer director of the North Side Learning Center (why’s he so happy?)
We’ve gotten a lot of requests to post this story. The first thought that comes to mind is – when you sell a church to Muslims, what do you expect? Of course they will remove all Christian symbols. Two points of interest however.
First, many of the early articles only mentioned the name of the group that bought the church as “The North Side Learning Center.” Why would they convert a church to a mosque? Well, it’s an Islamic group – or a group run almost entirely by and for Muslim immigrants as noted in the article.
Second, the subtly pro-Islam/bigoted-Americans article below by Marnie Eisenstadt claims the Muslim-run group didn’t want the church and had no intention of converting it to a mosque…but were forced to buy the church to get the school building on the property. We call bullshit. It is very likely they had every intention of buying the church and one day converting the church it o a mosque. Quotes in the article suggest they were in fact looking for a mosque for the rapidly growing Muslim population in the area.
Here’s the group’s mission statement:
The mission of North Side Learning Center is to aid in adult and youth literacy development, and to be instrumental in teaching self-sufficiency and self actualization to newcomers in our community.
Here’s a photo from the same page:
No mention of Islam in the group’s description or mission, so why would they need a mosque?
Muslims are a stealthy bunch, subverting zoning laws and getting deals done quietly and below market value. Check our archives (search ‘mosque’ or ‘zoning jihad’). They will tarnish anyone who tries to stop them with the full backing of the DOJ when necessary.
But when you abandon a church and your diocese sells it to a Muslim group – not to mention related Catholic organizations continue to bring tens of thousands of Muslims into the United States for no apparent purpose other than profit – expect many more churches to have their crosses removed. This is a self-inflicted wound.
via Plans to turn a church into a mosque bring pain and hope to changing neighborhood | syracuse.com.
Patty Poole’s great grandparents raised money to build Holy Trinity in 1904. Her great-grandfather, Frederick Schneider, dug up one of the first shovelfuls of dirt for the church. It was to be a new spiritual and educational home for the German immigrants who settled the North Side, she said.
For her entire life, the crosses peeking over the hill were always a sign that she was home, Poole said. The Catholic diocese’s decision to close the church still stings for her and the others now opposed to cutting off the crosses.
They fought to keep the church open, Poole said. And, when there were plans to sell the stained glass windows to a church in Louisiana, they fought and won that battle.
Poole and the others opposed to tearing off the crosses didn’t hear about it from the North Side Learning Center or the city. Instead, word spread on Facebook. That did not sit well.
Neither did plans for a fence around the church yard.
“My feeling is they fear us and they don’t even know us,” said Katie Scott, a former Holy Trinity parishioner. Scott was speaking directly to board members of North Side Learning Center at a coffee hour the group hosted last week to try to address community concerns.
No one at the meeting said they minded the church being used for a mosque. But the families who worshipped at Holy Trinity for decades don’t want their landmark to look different.
And they are still worried that the massive stained glass windows might be removed next. They depict scenes from the life of Christ.
Yusuf Soule, executive director of the North Side Learning Center, estimated there are about 5,000 Muslims who would be served by the mosque.
The population of Muslims in Onondaga County more than doubled in the last decade. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of worshiping Muslims in the county rose from 3,109 to 6,566. The county’s total population is more than 450,000.
Consistent with the population in the U.S. doubling since the 9/11 jihad attacks.
A walk through the North Side shows the change: Many of the women on the sidewalks and in the parks wear traditional Islamic headcoverings.
“I’m so happy someone wants to maintain the building,” said Tom Schultz, whose family celebrated many milestones at Trinity. But he wondered out loud if there was a way to keep the crosses and the windows without violating the faith of the new worshippers.
The answer on the crosses was clear. They cannot stay atop a mosque, Soule said.
So much for the Learning Center’s core values of Neighborly Love and Respect, and Compassion. Loyalty is only to Islam.
The North Side Learning Center bought Holy Trinity Church in December from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for $150,000. The nonprofit group, which teaches English to adults and children on the North Side, wanted the school building on the church grounds for a permanent home. At the time, the group, whose board is primarily Muslim, had no plans for a mosque.
Odd, in a separate article at the Troy Record, Soule told a different story:
Yusuf Soule, director of the non-profit literacy learning center, says an Islamic group wants to lease the church and use it for a mosque.
So which is it? A non-profit bought it for $15o,000 or a Muslim group wants to lease it? Someone is not being honest. One thing is clear however, Muslims want all kufr symbols gone.
But when the learning center board members were told they had to take the church and rectory, too, the idea for a mosque was born, said Mark Cass, chairman of the center’s board.
The diocese, which closed the church in 2010 because of declining attendance, does not oppose removing the crosses, said spokeswoman Danielle Cummings.
Neither should anyone else if no zoning or other laws were broken. They should oppose the Catholic Diocese and the myriad of Muslim importers that disguise themselves as non-profit refugee resettlement groups responsible for the Islamization of the U.S.
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