The Chicago Tribune shills for Islam once again. H/t Diane who also via: Opposition to suburban mosque predictable, sad, Muslims say – Daily Southtown
An anonymous flier circulated in mailboxes and online this month decried plans to open a mosque and community center at the site of a former church in this southwest suburb, roughly a mile from the home of 72-year-old Omar Najib, who intends to pray there.
The Muslim American Society bought the property at 12300 S. 80th Ave. in December and plans to do minor maintenance at the site, with no opening day scheduled yet. The leaflet titled “Save Palos” accused the house of worship of threatening to erode housing values and congest traffic.
“It’s just bigotry,” Najib said. “It should bother anyone, so it does bother me.”
Opposition to new mosques has become “almost a given” in the Chicago area as well as throughout the country, a brand of Islamophobia often shrouded in concerns over zoning or urban planning, said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington, D.C.
CAIR is also a terrorist front group, banned by the FBI, confirmed as Hamas by a federal judge and ruled a terrorist organization in the UAE.
Residents in Bayonne, N.J., rallied last month against plans for a Muslim community center there, bearing signs that read “Stop the Mosque” and “If the Mosque Comes the Mayor Go’s” (sic). Around the same time, members of a Christian group spoke out against a mosque scheduled to open this spring at the site of a former South Milwaukee, Wis., church. In late November, tempers also flared at a forum over an Islamic center proposed in Fredericksburg, Va.
“It used to be a lot more subtle. Now it’s in your face,” Hooper said, attributing this shift to misplaced anger after recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., as well as the anti-Muslim rhetoric of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
“They have really moved Islamophobia from the fringes to the mainstream,” he said.
The pro-sharia, pro-jihad, pro-HAMAS and other Islamic terrorists are the ones who have moved from the fringes to the mainstream. The counter-jihad is finally taking a stance, albeit a very small stance. Muslim terror attacks in the U.S. are increasing and the Muslim terrorists are inevitably linked to mosques. That is not a coincidence and it is not Islamophobia – a circular term created to silence critics of Islam.
While these cases were disheartening, they haven’t discouraged the overall growth of mosques in the Chicago area, said Oussama Jammal, spokesman for the Muslim American Society, the nonprofit establishing the new mosque in Palos Park.
The six-county area was home to at least 90 mosques as of 2010, said Paul Numrich, an affiliate research associate professor with the McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion at Loyola University. There were only 67 mosques in the late 1990s, up from five — all in Chicago — before 1960, according to Numrich’s research.
Jammal said any controversy usually ends shortly after a mosque opens, and he believes this is because the surrounding community often benefits from the house of worship socially and economically.
He pointed to the strips of shops advertising in Arabic along 87th Street and Harlem Avenue, an area often called Little Palestine, just a few blocks from the Mosque Foundation, which was established in Bridgeview in 1980.
One of those businesses is the Nile Restaurant, where manager Walid Hendi questioned why anyone would object to a mosque in their neighborhood.
Why? Because it doesn’t take long for areas to become Muslim enclaves that are often called “Little Palestine!” Not to mention Jammal – who leads a coalition of terror-linked, Muslim Brotherhood front groups – points to the Mosque Foundation in Chicago, also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas case, as his example. Citizens should be quite wary.
Mayor John Mahoney immediately condemned the anonymous leaflet as cowardly. Members of the Muslim American Society said they met with him last week, describing the talk as cordial and welcoming.
Mayor Mahoney and all residents of the area should be very concerned. From a DiscoverTheNetwork profile on the terrorist MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY (MAS):
MAS’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood were confirmed on August 14, 2007, as The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported:
“As the terror-support trial of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) continued today, FBI agent Lara Burns testified that a phonebook found at the home of Ismail Elbarrasse — un-indicted co-conspirator and former assistant to HAMAS leader Musa Abu Marzook — listed the names and numbers of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the United States. On the first page of the phonebook under the title ‘Members of the Board of Directors’ were fifteen names. Among those names are Ahmad Elkadi, Jamal Badawi, and Omar Soubani: the founding incorporators of the Muslim American Society (MAS).”
“This evidence confirms … Matthew Levitt’s expert testimony that MAS is the representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, and is substantiated by a  Chicago Tribune article that outlined the history of MAS.
“Ahmad Elkadi, who told the Chicago Tribune that he was the leader of the Brotherhood in the U.S. from 1984-1994, worked with Mohammed Mahdi Akef, head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood since 2003, to advocate for the founding of MAS. According to the Tribune report, Akef and Elkadi pushed for more openness for the Muslim Brotherhood through MAS. Akef himself ‘says he helped found MAS by lobbying for the change during trips to the U.S.’
“In fact, MAS does not deny its Muslim Brotherhood foundations. In 2004, then-Secretary General of MAS Shaker Elsayed stated to the Tribune that ‘Ikhwan [Brotherhood] members founded MAS…’ Elsayed even went so far as to admit that about 45 percent of MAS’s active members belong to the Brotherhood. Federal officials have confirmed this, noting continued ties between MAS and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In 2002 Randall Royer was the Communications Director of MAS. The following year, federal agents arrested Royer and charged him with conspiring with a Pakistani Wahhabist group — Lashkar-I-Taibi, or “Army of the Righteous” — to commit terrorism in Kashmir, Chechnya and elsewhere.
The UAE recently added MAS and CAIR to a list of designated Islamic terrorists. Why are Americans ignoring overwhelming evidence? Who would want this mosque in their neighborhood?
Why didn’t “contact reporter” Angie Leventis Lourgos provide this information to readers? Why didn’t she refer to details about MAS from her own newspaper?
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