Michigan: City votes 9-0 to deny special approval for mosque in residential neighborhood

Will Obama’s Dept. of Jihad (DOJ) punish Sterling Heights, like it has numerous other cities, for listening to its citizens and following their own zoning regulations? An update on this post, via Sterling Heights Planning Commission votes 9-0 to deny building Mosque – WXYZ.com h/t Dee

The Sterling Heights planning commission voted down 9-0 a proposed  mosque.

City hall was filled to capacity with 240 people waiting to hear the outcome. Hundreds more waited outside chanting “No more mosque” and “God Bless America.”

The fight was over the size and scope of the 20,500 square foot building in a residential area.

Those against the mosque say it would cause too much traffic and congestion. A small group hinted at linking the house of worship to extremism.

Mosque leaders say they offered to revise and downsize the plan, changing the dome and towers, but that didn’t work.

Some told us, “This doesn’t seem like Sterling Heights. I feel like I’m in Baghdad.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor issued this statement.

Sterling Heights is a community that has and continues to welcome diversity through many programs and events. For many years, our city has been known in Metro Detroit as a premier community—in large part because of its diverse population representing a wide variety of cultures, ethnicities and race. One of Sterling Heights’ most well-attended annual events is the ever-popular Cultural Exchange, wherein thousands of residents gather to celebrate and share their heritage with one another through food, dancing, art displays and other activities.

The recent application for the special approval land use to construct a mosque was considered by the City’s Planning Commission based on objective land use criteria and not emotional feelings tied to religious beliefs either for or against the applicant. Sterling Heights has a solid reputation for inclusiveness and tolerance reflected in a wide variety of places of worship across the City, including a Sikh Temple, a Buddhist Temple and two existing Mosques.

Sterling Heights will continue to foster faith-based inclusiveness and understanding with local partners including our city’s school districts, religious organizations and other community groups. We will also continue to work with with Welcoming Michigan, an organization representing new refugees and immigrants who have chosen Sterling Heights as their new home.

As stated in the City’s 2030 Vision Statement; Sterling Heights is a vibrant, inclusive community for residents and businesses that is safe, active, progressive and distinctive. Inclusiveness will continue to be a guiding principle in all that we do.

Sterling Heights is home to a large population of Iraqi’s who opposed the mosque and celebrated the decision.

“Planning Commissioner Jeffrey Norgrove said the proposed mosque is “excessive, not compatible” and that it “violates ordinances.”

Michigan: Residents, Middle Easterners, protest mosque plan in residential neighborhood (updated)

UPDATE: BREAKING: Sterling Heights Planning Commission rejects Mosque proposal. Crowd inside and outside City Hall erupts

Muslims and politicians then harassed those who spoke out against the mosque – some who received visitors at their homes and text messages. There faces were hidden in the video, below, due to threats of Muslim violence against them.

Source: Residents protest planned mosque in Sterling Heights h/t BNI

Sterling Heights — More than 200 residents, some fearing traffic congestion and lowered property values, lined a section of 15 Mile near Mound Saturday morning to protest a plan to build a mosque at the site.

Many of the demonstrators waved American flags and crosses, others carried signs like “Wrong place” and “Build homes on this site” and “No mosque.” Some chanted “Vote No on land review” concerning the 20,500-square foot mosque planned on four and a half acres of largely undeveloped property between Hatherly Place and Davison Drive.

Police who monitored the event described it as peaceful but had to caution several demonstrators, for their own safety, to stand back from the busy 15 Mile traffic after several stuck their hands and signs out towards passing motorists.

“We said no to this (plan) earlier this month — that should be the end of it,” said Mark Cacho, who lives on 15 Mile directly across from the site. “Take it somewhere else. This is a neighborhood, we don’t need anymore traffic. This is America and everyone expresses what they feel.”

Cacho, like many others at the demonstration, said they first learned of the plan in late July when they received a postcard from the city advising them it would be taken up at a Sterling Heights planning commission meeting. Many packed the meeting earlier this month, hotly debating the project for more than four hours and stalling a vote for special land use. The property is currently zoned single-family residential but approval can be made for a house of worship.

“We are upset but not because it is a mosque,” said Debbie Rossi, a long-time city resident, who also lives across from the site. “This is being planned in a residential Catholic community. But we live here because it is a residential community. Now we have deer and fox and beautiful trees. I don’t want to hear calls for prayer five times a day but I would be opposed to a church being put up on the site.

“There is already enough traffic along 15 Mile Road,” she said. “The site being planned is supposedly for 400 people but they have only 100 parking spaces. Where are the other cars going to be parked? They are going to be parked along our streets in our neighborhood. Realtors said we can expect a 30 percent drop in our property values. We don’t need this. It’s a bad, bad idea.”

A site plan shown at the August 13 meeting detailed plans of the 20,500 square foot building with a 3,200 square foot main worship area for 325 people. Plans showed 130 parking spaces.

Rossi — who said she comes from mixed Muslim-Catholic parentage — noted there are already two mosques in Sterling Heights for Muslims to worship at in the city.

“If I wanted to live next to a Speedway or a McDonald’s I would have done that,” said Rossi. “There are plenty of empty buildings and spaces in Sterling Heights. Why not use one of them?”

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said he came out Saturday because of the very controversial issue in his community.

“I am not expressing I am for or against the plan,” said Taylor. “But as you can see, many of our 132,000 residents are very passionate about it and concerned on how it may impact them.”

Taylor was approached Saturday by several residents asking why he or the city council didn’t intercede in the plan.

“We have a process in our town and it is not something for the council to vote on but is to be decided by the planning commission,” Taylor said. “I also support the rights of everyone in the matter.

“How ever this turns out, I expect there will be lawsuits and as a spokesperson for the city, I don’t want to be seen as favoring one view over the other.”

Mary Scott was one of several people circulating petitions to be submitted to urge planners not to exercise a special land use provision for the site. Heidi Gates, who rode to the event on her bicycle from her nearby subdivision, said she was among those who feared it would add too much traffic to the area.

“I have teenage drivers in my family and fear for their safety,” said Gates. “If it was a Catholic church, I would feel the same way.”

The next City Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for September 10.

More: Residents came out in droves to protest a proposed 20,500 square-foot mosque on 15 mile and Ryan Road.

A video of the city council meeting began circulating on YouTube just days later. The meeting included comments from Chaldean and White residents who strongly opposed a new center being built on 15 Mile road.

“I wish they’d go to Dearborn or somewhere else, just not this area,” resident Saad Antoun told city officials. “I don’t want to be near people like this. This is not humanity. My point is that it’s not right to live with people like this…this is not acceptable at all. These people…they are scaring the public.”

Antoun proceeded to hold a picture of a woman in a burqa and suggested that city officials outlaw it in Sterling Heights. He said he tends to see local residents wearing them at the malls and grocery stores and called it “scary and disgusting.”

Many residents feared giving their names and addresses during both public meetings, stating that they didn’t want to jeopardize their family’s safety. Continue reading

Democrats to Spend 9/11 Partying w/ CAIR and ISNA Terror Supporters

via Frontpage Mag

This is like spending Victory in Europe Day dressing up in Nazi uniforms or Pearl Harbor Day playing kamikaze. But it’s business as usual for the Democratic Party, which does treason like it’s going out of style.

First up is a very special 9/11 party with ISNA over in Lansing as the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing throws its 9th Annual Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner hosted by two Dems, Mayor Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett, as Creeping Sharia reports.

Come for the 9/11 ambiance, stay for the party at an Islamic center affiliated with ISNA. As a bonus, you can meet its imam, Sohail Chaudhry, who became infamous for his run-in with Asra Nomani. She claimed that his former mosque had extremist elements.

ISNA was set up by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the same organization that spawned Al Qaeda. It has extensive ties to terrorism. It’s the last place any patriotic American should be on 9/11.

Meanwhile over in Washington, the anniversary of the murder of thousands of Americans by Muslim terrorists means it’s time for some quality CAIR time.

A meeting aimed in part at helping Tri-City elected officials become better acquainted with the local Muslim community was planned Friday in West Richland.

The session also was meant to help Tri-City area Muslims become more engaged in government. Similar meetings will be held in the Tri-Cities in the future, with the next one planned for September.

When in September exactly? Funny you should ask.

The next meeting is Sept. 11 in Kennewick

 And by “Muslim community”, they mean another Muslim Brotherhood terror-linked group.

They’re part of a initiative by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, a civil liberties and advocacy organization.

Here’s the kind of civil liberties and advocacy CAIR is best known for…

CAIR was co-founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States.

On February 2, 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named CAIR Advisory Board member and New York imam Siraj Wahhaj as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in Islamic Group leader Omar Abdel Rahman’s foiled plot to blow up numerous New York City monuments.

CAIR itself was named an unindicted coconspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror finance trial.

In October 1998, CAIR demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy.” According to CAIR, this depiction was “offensive to Muslims.”

In 1998, CAIR denied bin Laden’s responsibility for the two al Qaeda bombings of American embassies in Africa. According to Ibrahim Hooper, the bombings resulted from “misunderstandings of both sides.”

This is the sort of folks that some politicians seem to think are appropriate company for 9/11.

And party they did:  Obama Staffers Party, Smoke Cuban Cigars on the Anniversary of Benghazi, 9/11 Terror Attacks

Detroit: Muslim flight attendant makes co-workers serve alcohol, files complaint when one refuses

Represented by the terror-linked Hamas front-group CAIR

The burden of Islam and sharia in America, via Muslim flight attendant files complaint after discipline for refusing to serve alcohol | Michigan Radio – why didn’t Michigan Radio identify CAIR’s convicted terrorist leaders and terror links?

A Muslim flight attendant disciplined for refusing to serve alcohol has filed a federal complaint in Detroit.

Attorneys for Charee Stanley filed the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Tuesday.

Stanley is a flight attendant with ExpressJet Airways, working with Detroit-based management and crew.

When she converted to Islam about two years ago, Stanley says she arranged for fellow flight attendants to serve alcohol on her behalf.

She says that arrangement worked out fine until one employee filed a complaint about having to do extra work last month.

That employee also made comments about her Islamic headdress and expressed other anti-Muslim sentiments, according to Stanley.

Stanley, who was placed on unpaid leave in mid-August after that complaint, said ExpressJet should accommodate her religious beliefs.

“I don’t feel like I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly and earning a living,” Stanley said.

Lena Masri, staff attorney with the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan, says that by law, employers must provide “reasonable accommodations” for an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs –provided that accommodation doesn’t cause an “undue burden” for the employer.

Not so pious Charee Stanley w/unidentified male (MadWorldNews)

Not so pious Charee Stanley w/unidentified male (MadWorldNews)

“In this situation, there has clearly been no undue burden on the employer, as this request [was] accommodated for some time and there has never been any issue,” Masri said.

CAIR-Michigan director Dawud Walid added the organization is seeing more workplace discrimination cases.

“Her case is symptomatic of broader problem of Islamophobia that seems to be growing,” Walid said.

Stanley’s attorneys say that if the EEOC complaint doesn’t resolve the issue, a federal lawsuit could be filed.

In a statement, an ExpressJet spokesman said the airline is “an equal opportunity employer with a long history of diversity in our workforce” – but isn’t able to comment on an employee’s “personnel matters.”

More, Muslim Stewardess Refuses to Serve Alcohol, Then Plays the Victim

Court Orders CAIR to Pay Legal Fees After Harassing Private Citizen Who Opposed Mosque

Harassing, terrorizing. Same difference in this case. via Federal Court Orders CAIR to Pay AFLC $9,000 in Legal Fees | American Freedom Law Center

Today (August 28, 2015), U.S. Magistrate Judge David Grand sanctioned the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and ordered it to pay $9,000 in legal fees to the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), after AFLC successfully “quashed” harassing and burdensome subpoenas issued by CAIR to Ms. Zaba Davis, a private citizen who received the subpoenas because she publicly expressed her opposition to the construction of an Islamic center in her neighborhood.

In 2012, the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor (MCA) requested that Pittsfield Township, Michigan, rezone a parcel of land to build an Islamic School and community center.  The Township denied the request, citing infrastructure and traffic concerns.  Nevertheless, CAIR, which bills itself as “America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization” but is widely known in government circles as a Muslim Brotherhood front group, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Township on behalf of the MCA, alleging that township officials denied the MCA’s rezoning application out of discrimination against Muslims.

The MCA’s rezoning request was opposed by a group of Township residents who live in the neighborhood of the proposed development.  The residents expressed concerns about the traffic congestion that the new construction would cause in their neighborhood.  Pursuant to their rights protected by the First Amendment, these private citizens circulated and submitted to their elected Township officials a petition expressing their opposition to the rezoning and several of them spoke out at public hearings held by the Township to discuss the matter.

As a result of the citizens’ involvement, CAIR served harassing subpoenas on a number of these citizens, demanding that they produce private emails and other documents, and in some cases, appear for a deposition.  In one instance, Township resident Zaba Davis and her husband came home to find several papers jammed in the crack of the front door of their home.  The papers included subpoenas demanding the production of personal emails and other documents and a subpoena commanding Ms. Davis to appear at a deposition.

In response to CAIR’s abusive discovery requests, AFLC, which is representing seven of the targeted private citizens, filed a motion to “quash” and for a protective order against CAIR.  The court granted the motion, ruling that the subpoenas violated the First Amendment and caused undue burden.  According to the court’s ruling:

[CAIR] contends that its sole interest in deposing Davis stems from a genuine belief that she has what it believes to be relevant information, and not from any personal malice against her for her public opposition to the school.  This argument fails for a few reasons.  First, . . . the Court finds unpersuasive [CAIR’s] relevance argument.  Second, for the reasons noted in the preceding paragraphs, to the extent information possessed by Davis is relevant, that relevance is far outweighed by the chilling effect that allowing the subpoenas would have on speech, not only for Davis, but for all others who wish to be involved in public discourse on matters of public concern.

AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise commented:

“Discovery sanctions in federal court are rare.  They are typically reserved for the most egregious violations.  CAIR’s conduct in this case, not unlike other cases in which we have litigated against this Muslim Brotherhood organization, almost always meets or exceeds this threshold.  Yet, only rarely are CAIR and their minions sanctioned.  We applaud the court for its courage and fidelity to the rule of law.”

AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi added:

“CAIR claims to be a civil rights organization even as it uses federal subpoenas to terrorize innocent residents into submission.  CAIR was born from a jihadi terrorist conspiracy and it has done little to distance itself from those bona fides.  It is about time a federal court applied a measured yardstick to sanction CAIR’s abusive conduct in federal litigation.”

Michigan: Lansing mayors September 11 Ramadan celebration rescheduled

Thanks to readers and Twitter followers of Creeping Sharia.

via Ramadan Unity Dinner hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett | Facebook

Notice how big and bold they made the new date? In blood red font.

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing announce that the 9th annual Ramadan Unity Dinner, co-hosted by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, will be rescheduled to Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.After due deliberation, the event organizers have decided that the community’s remembrance of the tragic events of 9-11 and the celebration of diversity and inclusion embodied in the Ramadan Unity Dinner should be held at separate times.All tickets purchased for the original event date will be honored for the rescheduled date.

The party was originally scheduled on the anniversary of September 11 as we posted and asked, “Where are the citizens of Lansing?”


Thanks also to a reader who informed us of his/her interaction with one of the sponsors of the event (full comment here), as well as Biz Pac Review for picking up the story here and here:

Meanwhile, a local hospital sponsoring the event tried to bully a protesting group out of using its name and logo, according to an email thread obtained by BizPac Review on Monday. (With the dinner being rescheduled, it wasn’t clear if the protests would still be held.)

In the first email to Lansing-based Sparrow Health Systems, protesters promised to make sure the hospital’s sponsorship of the event was well publicized – complete with replicas of the World Trade Center decorated with Sparrow “iconography,” and grisly scenes of the human cost of the 9/11 attacks.

Thank you for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th. We will be attending, myself and 14 other friends with tickets we have bought, just to see how things go. We are right now designing our art project to be displayed in the public space outside of the venue. Right now our idea is to make replications of the Twin Towers with Sparrow health iconography on the sides of the building. We might even have little jumpers who jump out of the building has it is burning falling into the sparrow health facilities. It should be fun for all. Again, thank you very much for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th.

In response, Sparrow’s Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate Lori Adams Simon wrote the protester and ordered the group not to use the company’s imagery in any way. (Adams referred questions Monday to Sparrow’s marketing department, which did not return a call.)

My name is Lori Adams Simon and I am the Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate for Sparrow Health System. Sparrow’s Marketing team received your email below in regard to The City of Lansing Ramadan Dinner.

Please note: Under NO circumstances can you use the Sparrow logo or any Sparrow “iconography” for other purposes including this art project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

The protesters were having none of it.

Under the fair use doctrine for protests as defined by Supreme Court cases, we will use your logos in our protest. You cannot stop us by any kind of prior restraint. If you try to take us to court the judge there will let you know that we have the right to use your logo in protest of your sponsorship.

Your logo will be on one of the twin towers that we will have being hit by one of the other sponsor’s planes. You wanted to sponsor a 911 Ramadan dinner. That was your choice. Now you’re going to live with it.

At least they’ll be able to “live with it.

That’s something thousands of Americans couldn’t do on Sept. 11, 2001.

And celebrating Ramadan on the taxpayer’s dime is something no U.S. mayor should do.

Update 2: Reader Dee found the The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing selling books by the notorious Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Some background on the Qaradawi from IPT:

…[Qaradawi] declared what he saw as the fate and goals of his faith [Islam]:

What remains, then, is to conquer Rome. The second part of the omen. “The city of Hiraq [once emperor of Constantinople] will be conquered first”, so what remains is to conquer Rome.’ This means that Islam will come back to Europe for the third time, after it was expelled from it twice… Conquest through Da’wa [proselytizing], that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through Da’wa.

But the balance of power will change, and this is what is told in the Hadith of Ibn-Omar and the Hadith of Abu-Hurairah: “You shall continue to fight the Jews and they will fight you, until the Muslims will kill them. And the Jew will hide behind the stone and the tree, and the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’ The resurrection will not come before this happens.” This is a text from the good omens in which we believe.”[3]

In January 1998, the Associated Press quoted al-Qaradawi as writing, “There should be no dialogue with these people [Israelis] except with swords.”[4] And in April 2001, commenting on suicide bombings, he said, “They are not suicide operations…These are heroic martyrdom operations.”[5]

In 2004, in response to a question regarding the permissibility of female suicide bombers, al-Qaradawi encouraged such acts, stating, “The martyr operations is [sic] the greatest of all sorts of Jihad in the Cause of Allah.”[7]

Al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa stating that Muslims killed fighting American forces in Iraq are martyrs. “Those killed fighting the American forces are martyrs given their good intentions…”

The mayors of Lansing and East Lansing are partnering with Muslims who share these beliefs and imams who preach it.

Contact them using the form at:


or Ph: 517-483-4141

or  Lansing.Mayor@lansingmi.gov


Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan ()

Michigan: Lansing mayors to host Ramadan party…on 9/11!!

Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!

Last year these two celebrated sharia, with taxpayer money, days before 9/11.

This year, the emboldened Muslims orchestrating this effort have convinced these mayors that celebrating Ramadan – which ended in mid-July according to a U.S. sharia council – on the anniversary of the Muslim terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans would be a grand idea. Where are the citizens of Lansing?

Uniting Muslims to celebrate 9/11. via The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing – Announcements. h/t D

9th Annual Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner
Hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett
Friday, September 11
6 pm to 9 pm
Lansing Center
333 East Michigan Ave, Downtown Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero,
City of Lansing
All Proceeds go to the
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Mayor Nathan Triplett,
City of East Lansing


They’re even giving taxpayer money away.885616_797304557034391_719086084883300450_o

Contact them using the form at:


or Ph: 517-483-4141

or  Lansing.Mayor@lansingmi.gov


Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan ()



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