Chicago: Muslims converting Eisenhower library into mosque, against neighbors wishes

via Proposed mosque draws ire of neighbors in Harwood Heights – Chicago Sun-Times.

Milan and Maria Letica have lived in their Harwood Heights apartment for 20 years, but if a mosque moves in next to them, they say they are moving out.

“Why doesn’t the village take care of the people who have been here for years?” the Leticas’ son, Branco, said. “So many more people are against this than the village knows.”

Branco Letica, who spoke on behalf of his parents because of their limited English, said no one in his parents’ apartment building in the 4700 block of Olcott is pleased with the proposal to turn the old Eisenhower Library building next door into a mosque. He expects many apartment dwellers in the other three buildings butting up to the library property at 4652 Olcott feel the same.

“There will be more people coming. There will be issues,” Branco Letica said of a mosque being in the area. “There will be a lot of traffic. There will be more noise.”

John Pikarski, an attorney with 40 years zoning-case experience, said a mosque is a much more conducive use of the property for the nearby neighbors than what the building, zoned industrial, could hold.

“Some fairly offensive uses can go in there as a matter of right,” Pikarski said.

“This is what I consider a substitution of uses,” Pikarski added. “This is one public use for another.”

Pikarski said the mosque could be addressed by the Village Board as soon as Thursday’s meeting, but the issue is not listed as an item on the board’s agenda, posted on the village website.

Mayor Arlene Jezierny could not be reached for comment on the matter. The request has already been approved by the village’s Plan Commission.

The applicant, Mercy Islamic Community Center, meets at the Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Pikarski said. An office manager for ICCI said Mercy does not use the facility on a weekly basis, but contacts the Belmont Avenue-based center when looking for space for services and activities.

“This is a group that is growing and needs its own space,” Pikarski said. “They are largely upper middle-class people. They are dentists, doctors, engineers, architects. They are from surrounding suburbs — from Park Ridge on in [to the city]. These are people who live in the area.”

Pikarski said the mosque is a benign use of the existing building. He said Mercy Islamic will take a building that does not meet safety codes and bring it up to code. The mosque will update a building that should be saved instead of knocked down, Pikarski said.

The zoning attorney said the building would be used fewer than six days a week and that the busiest time would be at noon Friday.

“This is a good transitional use for the residences to the north and the industrial properties to the south and east,” Pikarski said.

The Leticas believe the transition will be anything but smooth for nearby neighbors.

“People have lived here for so long. Why the change?” Branco Letica asked. “This change is not welcomed. Why doesn’t the village work on behalf of the people who live there? All they are doing this for is the money. . . . No one cares about the residents’ happiness.”

Branco Letica said with all that is happening in the Middle East right now, neighbors are concerned about a mosque next to them.

“We are willing to get people together to fight this,” Branco Letica said.

Good for you Branco. You wil, however, likely end up fighting a corrupt U.S. government who has made it a top priority to open mosques in areas not zoned for them and where residents don’t want them.

Eisenhower himself was no stranger to Islam and Walid Shoebat notes, Eisenhower Opens a Mosque In… 1957 (click for video)

In 1957 – barely a decade after President Dwight Eisenhower had seen victory against the Nazis – the former General visited the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. for the mosque’s dedication ceremony.

Apparently presidential kissing of Muslim asses is older than most realize. Read the all too familiar propaganda from a U.S. president to Muslims:

Remarks at Ceremonies Opening the Islamic Center
June 28, 1957

Mr. Ambassador, Dr. Bisar, Governors of the Islamic Center, and distinguished guests:

It is a privilege to take part in this ceremony of dedication.

Meeting with you now, in front of one of the newest and most beautiful buildings in Washington, it is fitting that we re-dedicate ourselves to the peaceful progress of all men under one God.

And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience.

This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are.

The countries which have sponsored and built this Islamic Center have for centuries contributed to the building of civilization. With their traditions of learning and rich culture, the countries of Islam have added much to the advancement of mankind. Inspired by a sense of brotherhood, common to our inner most beliefs, we can here together reaffirm our determination to secure the foundation of a just and lasting peace.

Our country has long enjoyed a strong bond of friendship with the Islamic nations and, like all healthy relationships, this relationship must be mutually beneficial.

Civilization owes to the Islamic world some of its most important tools and achievements. From fundamental discoveries in medicine to the highest planes of astronomy, the Muslim genius has added much to the culture of all peoples. That genius has been a wellspring of science, commerce and the arts, and has provided for all of us many lessons in courage and in hospitality.

This fruitful relationship between peoples, going far back into history, becomes more important each year. Today, thousands of Americans, both private individuals and governmental officials, live and work-and grow in understanding-among the peoples of Islam.

At the same time, in our country, many from the Muslim lands-students, businessmen and representatives of states-are enjoying the benefits of experience among the people of this country. From these many personal contacts, here and abroad, I firmly believe that there will be a broader understanding and a deeper respect for the worth of all men; and a stronger resolution to work together for the good of mankind.

As I stand beneath these graceful arches, surrounded on every side by friends from far and near, I am convinced that our common goals are both right and promising. Faithful to the demands of justice and of brotherhood, each working according to the lights of his own conscience, our world must advance along the paths of peace.

Guided by this hope, I consider it a great personal and official honor to open the Islamic Center, and I offer my congratulations to its sponsors and my best wishes to all who enter into its use.

Thank you very much.

Since Eisenhower’s time, presidents have yet to find the elusive benefits from Islam.

29 thoughts on “Chicago: Muslims converting Eisenhower library into mosque, against neighbors wishes

  1. proves anyone can be blindsided, especially when trying to be accepting of a culture without knowing the real truth of the matter; another islam characteristic, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie to get their agenda accepted

  2. While muslim barbarians burn Christian churches in their own nations, they should be prevented from spreading their lies about being peaceful and civilized here in the U.S. Stem the tide of muslim immigrants and allow no more mosques to be built until their reign of terrorism ends.

  3. Boy, was he duped.

    If they take our guns will they raid the mosques and take theirs or do they get to keep their arsenal?

    Just sayin….

  4. it’s obvious that we are not going to win against these savages. i don’t care if they are “doctors, dentists, engineers, archeitects”…they are the carriers of that barbarian cult & they are sworn to take over every nation to bring about the caliph. we are not going to prevail…we are sunk…bye, bye america.

  5. From what I understand, they force people to move out because no one wants to be near these mosques, then they move into the neighborhood and take over. This is very typical.

  6. Instead of talking about traffic and noise, or about the Moslem doctors and engineers who will be attending the mosque, we ought to be talking about the religious bigotry and hatred that will be taught and preached in that mosque. We ought to let people know that this mosque, like every mosque, is not just a house of prayer but also a propagation center for Islam’s supremacist, totalitarian and imperialist ideology — much like a Communist Party headquarters or a Nazi Party headquarters. Is this really what people want in their neighborhood?

    • Abdula, Agreed. Enough with the parking already. We need a Paul Revere. “Ding Dong Islam is coming to take everything you love away!”

      I read the Muslim doctors, lawyers etc most often don’t choose to partake in physical jihad but are guilted into donating lots of $ for others do the dirty work.

      Z said good bye, I don’t see anyway out of this either, unless it got real nasty.

      Come quickly Jesus my Savior!

  7. I know this library; it was my library from the time it was built in the 1970s. I lived next door in Norridge. I have one thing to say to the residents of Harwood Heights. That is you have known for more than half a century that your village government is filled with mob connections. Yet, you all turned a blind eye and kept re-electing them. Why? You need to get ALL if your residents to storm village hall and tell them No! You pay their salaries. Tell them no or you will vote them all out. Then actually do it!

  8. Despite Eisenhower’s D.C. Islamic Center remarks, I have a hard time believing that Eisenhower would be as obsequious today knowing what we know now about jihad and sharia. He was a practical man, and I don’t think he would be so effusive about Islam in the 21st century.

  9. “This is what I consider a substitution of uses,” Pikarski added. “This is one public use for another.” ____Public use? It would be worth your life to go in there. The constant yelling to come to prayer, people coming in there glaring at you with HATE, the jihad training,,,,, Folks the problem is Islam is not a religion, its a political system. Would you want goose stepping Nazis moving in beside YOU?

  10. It’s wild when immigrants who don’t even speak English are the only ones who will fight the in-creep of a very anti-western idea—islam!

  11. Snake Hunter Sez,

    Highly skilled bi-lingual Imams from Saudi Arabia are staffing these Cordoba-style victory mosques, and unaware infidels are clueless to
    their true motives and future intentions. It’s Stealth Holy War (Jihad),
    and we must quickly come to understand that ISLAM Is A Death Cult,
    and their Holy Qur’an Is A Manual of War.

    Use your Search Engine: Read the short Muslim Brotherhood Creed,
    then read what Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been made victorious… with terror!” Bukhari, Vol 4, book 52, #220

    “I will cast terror into the heart of those who disbelieve; therefore, strike off their heads… and every finger-tip of them. – Qur’an 8:12

    Beware the “moderate imam” – he speaks with a forked tongue – reb
    ___ ___

  12. Moslems like many other non-white culture had been using whites or white culture to dupe us nonbelievers. I have always dislike those megalomaniac “racist” asian moslems since I noted their extreme irrational “racist” attitude and was unfairly discriminated by, and denied a disadvantaged nonbeliever like myself, a chance to better myself in their horrible asian moslem infested country since young. It is even worst after I noted their asian islamic hostile behaviours, their islamic totalitarian agenda and other pro-moslems totalitarian agenda, which hopefully the West can prevent it from spreading to the West.

    • Yeah? Well you should see where I live, first in and now next to, one of the largest black ghettos in the South, USA. Islam is spreading here like crazy through the jails and then back out into the ghettos and from there spread everywhere here.

      Although the Middle Eastern/Asian Muslims look down their noses at blacks, the Muslims have no trouble at all using them to spread Islam and the concepts of Jihad. And it’s being eaten up like ice cream.

      A black teacher not far from here was either reprimanded or released from her job with children because she was teaching them Islamic “hand signs”. The problem is, there is no such thing as Islamic “hand signs”. Turns out she was teaching the kids black GANG signs incorporated into Islamic teaching.

      And now it’s going to be a huge problem all across the USA because the blacks think they are going to have power in Islam. In fact it is the Middle Eastern/Asian Muslims with the power. These Muslims believe that blacks are not really human but are more animal and suited for slavery and to use as peon foot soldiers in their wars of invasion.

      So the blacks are being used and the whites are being used in other ways. Both are being used. There are a lot of uneducated people out there, it comes down to individual choice and a lot of people both black and white are really ignorant about Sharia and Islam.

      Those who join it after really knowing what it is, I think there are many of these too.

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