via Atlas Shrugs who writes:
In a striking violation of the establishment clause, Obama’s lawless administration is imposing the sharia nationwide, allowing the rampant construction of rabats and jihad recruitment centers at a time when we should be monitoring the mosques and restricting construction of Muslim Brotherhood beachheads and Islamic State madrassas.
Many churches and synagogues and Wal-Marts and what have you have been unable to build because of zoning laws. So why is Muslim supremacism enshrined in DOJ policy? And why are they given special rights? The United States of America is based on individual rights — no special rights for special classes.
These proposed giant mosques in small residential neighborhoods with even smaller Muslim populations are “rabats,” a beachhead to spread Islam. The first rabat appeared at the time of Muhammad.
The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word “raid”). The ghazva was designed to terrorize the infidels, convince them that their civilization was doomed and force them to submit to Islamic rule. Those who participated in the ghazva were known as the ghazis, or raiders.
After each ghazva, the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat—or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided. The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias [raids].
Unfortunately for many in the rural central New Jersey neighborhood, the mosque will be built by a luxury apartment complex. Details via Bridgewater, mosque settlement reaches $7.75 million
BRIDGEWATER – There will be no mosque on Mountaintop Road.
Instead, under the terms of a settlement between the township and the Al Falah Center, a mosque will be built between Routes 202-206 and 287 on a 15-acre lot the township will buy for $2.75 million.
The township will exchange that lot for the former Redwood Inn property on Mountaintop Road where the mosque originally was proposed.
In addition, the township’s insurance carrier will pay the Al Falah Center $5 million for alleged damages, costs and attorney fees in exchange for dropping its lawsuit against the township.
The township will use $815,000 from its open space trust fund and a $1.935 million bond ordinance to buy the property between Harding and West Foothill roads, south of the 80-unit Woodmont Square at Bridgewater apartment complex.
Members of the Al Falah Center were satisfied with the settlement.
“I think it’s a just result,” said Omar T. Mohammedi, a member of Al Falah’s board. “We’re just excited we will have a place of worship.”
Mohammedi said that because plans have to be developed for the property, no timeline has been drawn for the submission of plans and construction.
“It’s a great site,” he said.
The settlement, approved unanimously Monday by the township council, ends a bitter three-year dispute that landed in federal court and already has cost the township hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
But Council President Matthew Moench said the settlement could potentially save the township “an enormous amount of money” if the municipality lost the lawsuit.
Mayor Dan Hayes said the settlement prevents Al Falah from seeking attorney fees allowed by federal law that would have exceeded the township’s insurance coverage.
Without a settlement, the mayor said, the costs would have been paid by taxpayers.
Al Falah Center will have 20 months to gain the necessary approvals to build the mosque, said Kevin Coakley, the attorney representing the township in the litigation.
Coakley said the township has agreed to “cooperate” with the Al Falah Center in the approval process.
Because the site is zoned for houses of worship and has access to a highway, the lot meets the criteria in the township’s zoning ordinance. That zoning ordinance, adopted after the Al Falah Center applied to build the mosque on Mountaintop Road, was at the center of the legal dispute
The settlement leaves that ordinance in effect.
“The preservation of our residential uses and the ability to zone uses appropriate for their locations is a critical right the township fought to preserve,” Hayes said. “This settlement leaves our ordinance intact, ends our exposure to the almost unlimited costs of further litigation and allows all parties to move forward.”
Hayes said the township has not decided what to do with the 7-acre Mountaintop Road property.
The Route 202-206 property has a $803,600 assessment and the 2013 property taxes were $16,634. In 2012, the township approved a 39-unit townhouse development for the property that was never built.
The settlement also calls for the suspension of the planning board hearings that started in January on Al Falah’s proposal to build the mosque on the former Redwood Inn property.
The hearings often featured contentious exchanges between neighbors and witnesses testifying for the Al Falah Center on issues such as the size of prayer mats used to determine the number of worshipers the proposed mosque could accommodate, a number that would determine the required number of parking spaces.
Neighbors to the proposed mosque on Mountaintop Road hired lawyers to represent them before the board.
The legal battle between the township and the Al Falah Center began after the congregation applied in January 2011 to construct the mosque on the site of the former catering hall.
Two months later, the council adopted an ordinance that limited sites for a house of worship to certain roads because of traffic-volume concerns. That ordinance would have shifted the mosque proposal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, where requirements for granting a use variance are more stringent.
After the dismissal, the Al Falah Center filed suit in federal court, alleging that the township violated federal law by enacting a land-use ordinance that treats religious institutions on less than equal terms than nonreligious institutions. The accelerated passage of the ordinance was “strong circumstantial evidence” of the township’s intent to discriminate against the mosque, according to court papers.
“The case speaks for itself,” Mohammedi said.
But Moench emphasized that the settlement concluded that the township has “done nothing wrong.”
In September 2013, federal Judge Michael Shipp sided with the Al Falah Center and ruled that the mosque application must be heard by the Planning Board without applying the standards in the ordinance.
Shipp issued an injunction preventing the township from enforcing the ordinance. The judge also ordered the planning board to reopen the hearings on the mosque proposal.
Though the township appealed the ruling, the second round of hearings began. As part of the settlement, the township’s appeal will be dropped.
In June, retired federal judge Stephen Orlofsky was named as mediator in the dispute. Hayes said he participated in hours of negotiations over several months to settle the dispute.
“It’s been a long and arduous journey,” Township Attorney William Savo said.
For the rest of New Jersey, the long arduous journey (to ruin) is just beginning.
The mosque must certainly have foreign backers, if you recall the Al Falah Center had four high-powered law firms and the Feds working on its behalf.
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