Plans for a proposed mosque in the southern part of the city moved forward Wednesday.
The Planning Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit for the project in a 10-0 vote, with one commissioner, Philip Russo Jr., absent.
The plan will go to the City Council on Sept. 10 for a final vote.
How convenient. On September 11, Muslims will be able to celebrate yet another conquest in America.
Local Muslim nonprofit organization Crescent Community Center Corp. hopes to build the city’s first mosque, near Landstown and Salem roads.
The 12,300-square-foot building would accommodate up to 225 people and feature a central dome over a prayer hall and a 34-foot minaret.
Four residents of Landstown and Salem roads spoke in opposition of the plan, saying it didn’t fit with the “rural setting” of the area and questioning what impact the mosque would have on traffic flow. The residents said they had collected more than 50 signatures in opposition.
Bare Naked Islam (h/t) has more including a disturbing detail, Big ugly mosque to be built in the middle of farm country despite neighbors objections:
The Crescent Community Center Corp. agreed to the conditions: It will not have outdoor speakers or a public address system, alleviating fears about calls to prayer echoing through the neighborhood. Nevertheless, some neighbors are dismayed, complaining that the mosque will bring traffic and noise to a mostly rural area.
They argue that the roads are too narrow and flood easily and that a building where 225 people will worship is incompatible with horse stables, cattle grazing and crops nearby. No one speaking before the Planning Commission suggested the mosque should be rejected because of the religion being practiced.
What they meant to say was they agreed to the conditions…for now. The harrowing Islamic call to prayer will be heard no doubt. First they’ll claim it’s just for Ramadan or some other event. Then, after non-Muslims are forced out of the area, it will begin daily. A pattern seen in other Islamic enclaves throughout the U.S. Where any other zoning changes made for this mosque?