Court: New Jersey Residents Can’t Mention ’Islam’ or ’Muslim’ at Public Hearing on Mosque

Sharia in action.

Source: Court: Residents Can’t Mention ’Islam’ or ’Muslim’ At Public Hearing on Mosque Construction; Thomas  h/t Iron Burka

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a settlement agreement, which reads more like an instrument of surrender, Bernards Township (“Township”), New Jersey officials agreed that, in addition to a $3.5 million payment to Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (“ISBR”), residents and citizens of the Township are prohibited from commenting on “Islam” or “Muslims.” at the upcoming public hearing to approve the settlement.  Astonishingly, a federal judge approved the prohibition as a fully enforceable Order of the Court.

As a result of this suppression of speech, the Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, yesterday, filed a lawsuit in the New Jersey Federal District Court on behalf of Christopher and Loretta Quick.   The lawsuit was filed by TMLC affiliated New Jersey attorney, Michael Hrycak. Mr. Hrycak was assisted by TMLC staff attorney, Tyler Brooks. The TMLC is representing the Quicks without charge.

TMLC’s lawsuit alleges that Bernards Township’s settlement agreement constitutes a prior restraint on speech based on content, as well as, a violation of the Establishment Clause because it prefers Islam over other religions.  The lawsuit asks the court to: declare that the settlement agreement is unconstitutional; and to enter a preliminary and permanent injunction against its enforcement.

Read TMLC’s entire Federal Complaint here.

The Quicks reside within 200 feet of the proposed mosque construction in a zoned residential area.  Yet, the settlement agreement prohibits them from describing the many unique features of Islamic worship which will impact design of the building, traffic density, water and sewage, traffic control problems, road construction, and parking arrangements.   According to the settlement agreement, ISBR is permitted to make statements concerning Christians and Jews and their places of worship, but in contrast, the Agreement prohibits commentary relating to Islam or Muslims. In fact, ISBR has previously discussed the Christian and Jewish religions and their places of worship.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented: “As we have previously documented, ISBR has taken the extraordinary step of concealing significant links on their website to a radical group named by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in America history, the Islamic Society of North America (“ISNA”).  ISNA is claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood as one of “our organizations.” According to internal documents seized by the FBI, the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy is to engage in a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within . . .”

Thompson continued, “While claiming that the Township had a religious animus against Muslims, ISBR hid from the public view its animus toward Christians and Jews, by not only hiding anti-Christian and anti-Semitic verses published on its website, but also hiding its significant ties to ISNA. Instead of standing up to defend its citizens against ISBR’s hate-filled anti-Semitic and anti-Christian bias, the Township colluded with ISBR’s “Civilization Jihad” by capitulating to payment of millions of dollars to ISBR, allowing the construction the new mosque and Islamic center in violation of zoning codes, and now even suppressing speech concerning Islam or Muslims at a public meeting.”

In March 2016, ISBR filed a lawsuit in the New Jersey Federal District Court alleging that Bernards Township had discriminated against the Islamic Society when it declined to approve the construction of a large mosque on a lot that was far too small to handle the contemplated structure.  And in November 2016, the United States represented by the U. S. Justice Department filed a second lawsuit against the Township on similar grounds. The settlement agreement covers both lawsuits.

Read the entire Settlement Agreement and Court Order here.

More: Thomas More Law Center Continues Fight Against Mosque Construction After Bernards Township Holds Sham Hearings To “Paper Over” Their Violations of Law

ANN ARBOR, MI – A flurry of legal pleadings relating to Bernards Township’s sham hearings filed last week by the Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), signaled that the Law Center will continue to fight against approval of a mosque in Bernards Township, New Jersey.

In March 2016, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge filed a lawsuit in the New Jersey Federal District Court alleging that Bernards Township had discriminated against the Islamic Society when it declined to approve the construction of a large mosque on a lot that was far too small to handle the contemplated structure.  A similar lawsuit was filed by the federal government a few months later.

On May 23, 2017, the Township Committee and the Township Planning Board held a public meeting in which they held a previously unannounced vote to enter into a settlement agreement relating to the two lawsuits filed against them. The settlement agreements were matters of extraordinary public interest because they required the payment of $3.25 million dollars to a local mosque and its attorneys as well as a grant of a variance in the zoning ordinances to allow the mosque to be built. The public was not told of the terms of the settlement agreement or allowed to comment on the vote until after the vote had been taken.

On May 25, 2017, the TMLC, through its New Jersey affiliate attorney, Michael Hrycak, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf of Plaintiff, Cody Smith, under the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) for open and flagrant violations of that statute by the Township because they willfully sought to prevent public notice and comment on issues of profound public concern. The lawsuit alleges that Bernards Township entered into an agreement to settle the case brought against it by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and the federal government, without ever disclosing to the public beforehand, the terms of the settlement agreements as required by the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).

On May 30, 2017, despite being notified of the State lawsuit seeking to void the settlement, the Township asked a federal judge to enter an order based on the settlement agreement, without telling him about this lawsuit.

On June 13, 2017, apparently seeing that their earlier votes without public notice were infirm, the Township Board held a second vote, supposedly to ratify the earlier vote. Then on June 21, 2017, the Township removed the state case to the Federal District Court.

TMLC attorney Jay Combs commented: “The hearings held by the Township after the OPMA violations, were really just sham proceedings to cover their deliberate violations of the law which prejudiced the public’s rights during the first hearing. At the time of the second hearing on June 13th, they had already presented the signed settlement agreements to the federal judge and requested the judge to issue an order ratifying those agreements. The second hearing was simply window-dressing because they had no choice but to vote to approve the settlements again. The public deserves, and demands, more from their elected officials.”

In their answer to TMLC’s State Complaint, the Township attempted to sweep their violations under the rug by alleging that, even if they violated the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act by voting on two settlement agreements without giving the public proper notice, those votes were later cured by what they called a de novo hearing on June 13, 2017 in which they voted again on the same settlement agreements. The problem with that argument was that the settlement had already been presented to the federal judge and was already memorialized in a court order. To show its disdain for the public, the Township informed the judge it has no legal obligation to allow public comments on the settlement agreements.

Regarding the Township’s removal of the State case to the Federal District Court, TMLC filed a motion in Federal Court alerting the Court to the fact that the Township of Bernards, in their Answer to the TMLC lawsuit, has attempted to paper-over their violations of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) by holding the sham hearing.

On the same day, the TMLC also asked the judge to send the State lawsuit back to the New Jersey state court, where it was originally filed, after the Township had removed the case from state court to federal court on June 21, 2017. The TMLC pointed out to the federal Judge that the lawyers for the Township, although they knew of the TMLC lawsuit seeking to void the settlement agreements, ensnared him by presenting these voidable agreements to the Judge without disclosing to him that a lawsuit was pending, which raised serious questions about the legality of the agreements.

The disturbing omissions of fact by the attorneys for the Township follows in the long and troubling pattern of the Township in the settlement of this case.   They have rushed toward a pre-ordained settlement while ignoring the laws requiring public communication and input and finally shoved the settlement down the throats of unwilling citizens. The TMLC is vigorously defending the rights of Bernards Township citizens to a transparent and responsive Township government.

40 thoughts on “Court: New Jersey Residents Can’t Mention ’Islam’ or ’Muslim’ at Public Hearing on Mosque

  1. The federal judge and township can go pound sand. The order is blatantly un-Constitutional and has no weight legally. They just as well have tried to outlaw sneezing or the color red.

  2. Mushrooms need moist dark conditions to take root and spread. The successful propagation of Islam on the other hand requires willful ignorance of naïve indigenous cultures (the P/C Prey), and the patient disciplined deceit of Muslims (the S/C “Sharia Compliant” Predators).
    As more and more ground and liberties are conceded to these insidious spreading colonies, the true invasive nature of Islam will become more obvious to those previously not effected nor concerned. The downplayed media coverage of Christian genocide at the hands of Muslims will continue to facilitate Islam’s acquisition of humanity.

  3. With all that is going on with the muzzie POS and the fact MOST Americans seem 100% willing to bow down to islam America will become an Islamic state in under 5 years. Seems NO American will have the go-nads to stand up and protect America from islam. If it was up to me NOTHING islam and NO muzzies would allowed in America. islam is SATANS Religion & all muzzies his children……….

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

    The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensual-ism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
    Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

    No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”
    Sir Winston Churchill;
    (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages 248-250 London).

    Churchill saw it coming.


    Islam is the most dangerous thing that the world has ever faced, Stalin and Hitler were insignificant compared to the engulfing and mendacious tentacles of Islam.
    All of the judges, lawyers who are pushing this are guilty of treason and should be prosecuted accordingly!

    • it was no small thing when Obama removed Churchill’s bust from the White House. It was a blatant statement that Islam has arrived in the White House. Churchill’s quote that you shared is one of the most powerful warnings, and there have been many through many centuries. And funny how Islam has taken over England, with no signs of resistance; rather, capitulation. The Englanders are disarmed, they are prohibited from criticizing Islam — how can the outcome be anything but England as a Muslim caliphate?

      May we stand strong against Islam at every turn.

      • Absolutely – Remember to keep’m in the 10 range (@any distant’s) & practice daily – including the arts of family & self defense!

        HE leads us beside still waters

    • Isn’t it amazing that during WWII the Muslims genuflected to General George Patton when he led the American troops through North Africa????? They knew he wouldn’t take any shite, and were scared to death of him. That’s why they respected him and his Armies. We need another Patton, and Trump’s appointment of General Mattis and General Kelly may just be the remedy for the cure.

    • #MrCatman6. A wise man once said, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold, in pictures of silver.”–Prov 25.11. Your comment should be ingrained into the mind of every freedom-loving person in the whole world! We’re in a hell-of-a-mess b/c ppl simply refuse to believe the TRUTH!!!!!

  5. As many note here, Islam is an ideology, masquerading as a religion. It is poison, evil unlimited, Satanic. Islam is the problem, not ‘extremist Muslims.’ Islam is the problem. The ideology, the book, Sharia law, all of it. Muslims should never be allowed into any civilized country that wants to remain civilized. No mosques, no Muslims. If they want to live in America, then renounce Islam entirely. Islam preaches explicitly for the overthrow of all other governments. It is seditious by its own words and practices. Allowing mosques is allowing training centers for jihad against civilization.

    Criticizing Islam is illegal in Canada and in England. We must never allow that to happen here. When free speech is lost, tyranny does follow — and that tyranny is Islam.

    • #Kimmik. Your comment sounds impressive but the real question is–are you willing to die a slow agonizing death, in order to stop the islamization of your country??? That’s the question that ALL of us must answer!!! As the old saying goes, ‘Freedom isn’t free’ and ‘Words are cheap’! Some of the ‘bravest’ souls on the internet are actually total cowards, when the rubber meets the road!!!!!

  6. With all this going on in other countries and now in the USA, I am surprised that
    any American would even think of letting it happen here.
    The whole idea is ridiculous to a country based on freedom.

  7. Shame on any American who obeys such an order! Anyone who obeys such an order is just as bad as the majority of Germans who allowed the Nazis to take over, or the many citizens of countries who allowed communism to take over, or those (fake) moderate moslems who refuse to speak up about the evil nature of islam and its sharia that forbids anyone from speaking against the filth and evil of islam and its perverted prophet and ‘god’.

  8. Those that have and are betraying the American people, will one day discover that they themselves have been betrayed, much to their horror! All the secret hand shakes, code words, initiations etc. won’t save them. They will be a testimony against them.

  9. Pres. Trump must relieve this judge from position has caused sedition; Freedom of religion, speech, media shall not be infringed; what part of shall not do they not understand??
    Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God; Thomas Jefferson.
    When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when govern`t fear the people there is liberty;
    Thomas Jefferson
    Tyranny is defined as that is legal for government, but illegal for citizens; Thomas Jefferson
    Arbitrary power easily established on ruins of liberty, abused to evil; George Washington
    Any act against the Constitution is illegal; Benjamin Franklin
    All who are trying to destroy the Constitution are traitors; John Adams

  10. Sorry, but that is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and worse UNTRUTHFUL so you can ignore the communist and liberals up there that have managed to infiltrate your justice system.

    Your next step is to impeach or recall them.

    • Has anyone ran this by your fearless leader? I’m thinking not! There is NO WAY in Hell, Heaven or on Earth that Trump would let this happen.

  11. Has anyone ran this by your fearless leader? I guess not, because there is no way in Hell, Heaven or Earth that Trump would allow this to happen.

  12. Right now I would find a way to remove Cristi, and get a new Gov. He isn’t acting in the best interest of the American public in NJ. You have to fight this law that you can’t speak your mind. These muslims will use our laws against us and this you have to stop.!—NOW. This is your country not theirs. And it is lonely going to get worse if you don’t act now. I don’t know if you can take Christi to court ??? Its a thought.

  13. America needs to ban Islam as it embraces and promotes jihad Ban SHARIA LAW as it embraces and promotes incest RAPE and Paedophila bulldoze all Mosque as they Support Hazbala Hamas and ISIS and so dose the United Nations.

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