New Jersey: Mosque takes over church, quickly disrupt neighbors quality of life

Former home of the Richfield Christian Reformed Church – now a mosque and public nuisance

Source: Unhappy Clifton mosque neighbors – Town Government – NorthJersey.com

CLIFTON – A new Richfield mosque’s leadership shot back at fierce critics who claimed its burgeoning congregation created parking and quality of life issues during the month-long Muslim celebration of Ramadan.

The Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC) held its grand opening on June 3 at 259 Pershing Road, the former home of the Richfield Christian Reformed Church. In the weeks which followed, incensed residents complained that worshipers tied up nearby residential streets, blocked driveways and, on one occasion, parked in front of a fire hydrant.

A contentious debate spilled over into the Clifton City Council’s July 5 meeting.

“I’ve approached this council three times now and, to date, [received] no answers, no solutions and an enormous amount of lip service,” said Mary Fran Simmons-Falluca. “I am angry.”

Officials countered that City Manager Dominick Villano and Clifton Councilwoman Lauren Murphy have met with the mosque’s decision-makers to rectify the problem.

A Pershing Road resident, Simmons-Falluca said car headlights light up neighborhood homes “like Christmas trees” and that she was unable to get out of her own driveway on Saturday. During last weekend’s end of Ramadan celebration, she said more than 500 congregants converged on the neighborhood which, she said, “without a doubt” exceeds the volume the area can accommodate.

According to ICPC officials, the mosque has formed a volunteer crew to self-police anyone blocking driveways or fire hydrants on Pershing.

“The problem for the mosque is that [Richfield Christian Reformed Church] was a sleepy hollow because it was dwindling and dwindling and dwindling in numbers,” Mayor James Anzaldi said. “So, now it’s a vibrant congregation and we’re in need of solving a parking issue there.”

The mayor said the City’s administration and council members have discussed the possibility of constructing a parking lot on the mosque’s three-acre property.

Councilman Joe Kolodziej said the municipal body hears and agrees with the complaints residents registered but stipulated government is “a large wheel” that turns slowly.

“Once it gets moving you have momentum but that takes a lot of time, consideration and effort,” he added. “So, to all the people who think that this council is not listening to the complaints I can assure you that that is not the case. We share those concerns.”

Kolodziej opined the over-parking in the area is an example of the new house of worship experiencing “growing pains.”

The Islamic group’s outreach coordinator, Salaheddin Mustafa, contended there should no longer be an overflow of parked cars since Ramadan ended. He said the ICPC expects Ramadan to present a “one-month” issue each year.

“But, we want to be good neighbors,” said Mustafa, whose Donna Drive home is a few blocks from the mosque’s property. “I want that neighborhood to be quiet as well and I don’t want my property value to go down either.”

Mustafa said the group is “willing to do anything” to resolve the problem but prefaced that the community must trust the Islamic organization. He added that anyone who parks in front of a fire hydrant is “an idiot who should be ticketed and towed” but stipulated that the mosque should not be blamed for the mistake of one individual.

The tone of Tuesday’s meeting escalated during the public recognition portion. Continue reading

Philly: “Don’t mess with us, we belong to ISIS” violent assault at famous cheese steak joint

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Not a single camera in the neighborhood caught the license plates?

Jihadi-beard sporting thugs caught on camera

Source: Police seeking information in assault at Geno’s Steaks

Philadelphia police are looking for five men in connection with an assault outside Geno’s Steaks on June 11.

The men, all caught on surveillance video, fled in two cars – a dark colored pickup truck and an SUV – both with New Jersey license plates.

Police are also looking for one woman described as a getaway driver.

Police did not provide information about the assault, but said the video of it was “too graphic” to release.

Patrick Kane, a victim of the attack, provided this account.

He said he and his wife, Brooke Kane, had spent the night at a friend’s wedding and then at an after hours club with another couple, when they all decided to grab a bite to eat at Geno’s.

 They were just finishing up their cheese steaks when Brooke Kane’s girlfriend asked another group of patrons if she could bum a cigarette, Patrick Kane said.

“That is when the guys just lost their minds,” said Patrick Kane, 31 and a maintenance supervisor at an apartment building.

In seconds one man stood up, put his hand over the face of the woman and pushed her across the sidewalk, said Patrick Kane.

“‘Don’t mess with us, we belong to ISIS,'” Kane said the man shouted at them.

Brooke Kane, a daycare teacher, stepped in to help her friend. The ISIS comment was not a joke she told them before she too was struck, Patrick Kane said.

At that point he and the other man stepped in to try and help the girls with the intention of leaving.

“What went from putting hands on two girls became five guys attacking us,” said Kane.

Patrick Kane said one man punched him in the nose, which started bleeding. He was then punched in the back of the head by another man and hit twice in the eye. He remembers Brooke screaming at bystanders for help and to call police, the five men running off, someone from Geno’s giving him a bag of ice and police and EMTs arriving on the scene.

Patrick Kane said he declined further medical treatment for what he called a black eye and small cut. The couples spent until 5 a.m. at a police station giving their statements, he said.

“It is ridiculous that this even happened,” said Patrick Kane. “I don’t know why things have to escalate like this.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093 or 3094. To submit an anonymous tip dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.

 

 

New Jersey: Muslim substitute teacher pleads guilty in sex assault case

It’s not clear what her Islamic affiliation is, was or will be in prison. It’s not even news.

Source: Former Manchester Regional substitute teacher pleads guilty in sex assault case – News – NorthJersey.com

A former substitute teacher at Manchester Regional High School faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to sexting and engaging in sexual activity with underage students.

Linda Hardan, 22, wept in Superior Court in Paterson as she admitted that she sent sexually explicit photos of herself to a 16-year-old student in November 2014, and performed oral sex with another 16-year-old student. She said she met both students while she was working at the regional high school in Haledon.

Answering questions from defense attorney Alyssa Hascup, Hardan also admitted that she engaged in similar sexual activity with a 14-year-old student the same month. She said she met the student while she was working as a substitute teacher at the Haledon public schools.

Hardan was at one point sobbing so hard that she was unable to answer questions. Judge Miguel de la Carrera gave her a few minutes to collect herself.

Prosecutors had said at the time of Hardan’s arrest in December 2014 that the student in Haledon was an eighth-grader at the Haledon public school, and that she engaged in sex with him after taking him to a location in Paterson.

Anyone aged 16 or older is deemed in New Jersey to be old enough to consent to sex. But the law makes an exception and prohibits adults from engaging in sexual activity with anyone from age 16 to 18 if the adult has supervisory authority over the teen. People with supervisory authority include parents, guardians, teachers, tutors, coaches or priests.

Hardan pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of child endangerment. Gyselle Da Silva, a Passaic County senior assistant prosecutor, said the state would recommend a sentence of up to five years in prison as part of the plea agreement. When Hardan completes her prison sentence, she would be subject to registration and supervision requirements as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, and would be placed on lifelong parole, Da Silva said.

Hardan also is required to give up her substitute-teacher license and will not be allowed to teach, and she is also required to make no contact with the victims, Da Silva said.

De la Carrera set Hardan’s sentencing for Sept. 30.

Hardan was released on $200,000 bail in early December 2014 and has been required to wear an ankle-bracelet monitor.

Rutgers Student Paper Sharia-Compliant, Destroys All Copies with Muhammad Cartoon

Student newspaper destroys every copy of latest edition featuring cartoon of Muhammad.

Source: Rutgers Goes Sharia-Compliant | Frontpage Mag h/t thereligionofpeace

By Robert Spencer

The April 5, 2016 issue of The Gleaner, the student paper of Rutgers University–Camden, published a cartoon of Muhammad, Buddha and Jesus in a bar. Its content, however, cannot be known at this point, because at the behest of Muslims on campus, and in a case fraught with implications for the health of the freedom of speech today, the entire issue has been deep-sixed.

Two weeks after the cartoon was published, the April 19 issue of The Gleaner contained a letter from the Muslim Brotherhood campus group, the Muslim Students Association, saying that it found the image offensive and asking The Gleaner to remove the image from the April 5 issue and circulate a new edition of that issue without it. The MSA letter claims that Christians and Jews on campus told MSA members that they, too, found the image offensive.

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Rutgers Muslim Brotherhood-founded MSA logo

The MSA letter states: “Even though freedom of speech and press is emphasized and is something all of us value as proud Americans, the University prides itself on diversity of people of different faith and backgrounds so we feel that it is necessary to respect those faiths and backgrounds by honoring their beliefs.”

The April 19 Gleaner also contains a response to the MSA letter, written by Christopher Church, the Editor-in-Chief of The Gleaner. Church apologizes to the MSA and agrees to meet with it “so that we can rectify this issue and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” He also agrees to remove any copies of the offending April 5 issue from the Gleaner boxes around campus and destroy them.

The Jihad Watch reader who alerted me to this sums up what is wrong here:

  1. Freedom of speech is a Constitutional right. It is not negated by someone’s taking offense. This could have been and should have been a chance for Rutgers and The Gleaner to explain why the freedom of speech must be protected as our fundamental bulwark against tyranny, and why that means that we must all learn to put up with material that offends us.
  2. Once a group’s feeling offended is taken as decisive, it may begin to take offense at other aspects of campus life it finds offensive. In the MSA’s case, it may begin getting offended at men and women sharing classrooms or coeds wearing tight jeans on campus.
  3. In light of the violent attacks on those who have depicted Muhammad, The Gleaner by removing the image is bowing to the implicit threat of violence — which only in the long run encourages more violence. Rutgers’ Art Library recently featured an “artwork” depicting Jesus on a dartboard. It was ultimately removed, but not because it offended Christians. No one cares if Christians are offended: Rutgers officials know that offended Christians won’t murder them. Their solicitousness toward the MSA, by contrast, reveals that they know offended Muslims might very well kill them, and rather than stand up for the freedom of speech and against this kind of bullying, they signal their willingness to surrender and fall into line, accepting Sharia restrictions on speech.

Imagine how Rutgers would react if its Art Library had displayed, instead of this Jesus-on-a-dartboard “artwork,” a cartoon of Muhammad. The air would have been thick with cries of “Islamophobia.” Fragile Leftist students would be running for their safe spaces. The university would be instituting mandatory seminars designed to inculcate the proper “respect” that one must show for “The Other” so as to avoid charges of “racism” and “bigotry.”

The double standard is stark: Jesus crucified on a dartboard is art – and what’s more, it’s courageous. One Rutgers student chortled on Facebook that the dartboard “art” was “hilarious,” and crowed that “we don’t have to cater to the wills of the Church or any denomination of Christianity or religion.” Those who complained would be admonished: Don’t you respect the freedom of expression, you right-wing bigot?

A cartoon of Muhammad, on the other hand, even one as innocuous as the one in The Gleaner appears to have been — that’s an outrage. No one was crowing in that instance about not having to cater to the wills of the mosque. On the contrary, the message was clear: Don’t you respect Muslims as human beings, you right-wing bigot?

This is the kind of “respect” being irrationally violent will win you. Rutgers officials knew that Christians weren’t going to kill them, and that they could mock Christianity with impunity. They would only start blathering about “respect” when it comes to Islam. This respect won at the point of a sword does not bode well for the future of free expression in the West.


Rutgers submitted long ago:

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New Jersey: Islamic society wages legal jihad over denial to build mosque in residential area

Source: Islamic society sues over denial to build mosque in N.J. | NJ.com

An Islamic community has filed a federal lawsuit against Bernards Township, the township committee and its planning board, saying they manufactured excuses to deny it the right to build a mosque.

The suit was filed by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and its president, Mohammad Ali Chaudry, against the township and 15 individuals on the township committee and planning board. Chaudry is a former mayor, member of the committee and board of education member, the suit says.

Township Administrator Bruce McArthur said all township personnel have been advised not comment publicly about the litigation.

Mayor Carol Bianchi did issue a statement:

“Bernards Township is an inclusive and warm community.  The allegations in the lawsuit do not represent our community. It is not unusual for an applicant to appeal a denial, and it is their right. The Planning Board made its decision and now the court will decide whether to uphold that decision.  We look forward to  a satisfactory resolution of this matter.”

The lawsuit comes about three months after planners unanimously rejected the society’s application to build a mosque on a 4.3-acre site on Church Street. Planners said the application was based on a “lack of details” regarding parking, traffic safety and buffer zones bordering the site’s residential neighbords.

Planners frequently agreed with “one unreasonable and picayune land use objection after another” raised by opponents, even though a house of worship is a permitted use on the site, the lawsuit says.

It says opponents were “coached” to phrase their opinions “through the permissible language of land use: parking, buffer and screening requirements, storm water management, and so on.” Opponents, it says, also were warned not to state objections toward Muslims or their faith itself.

The society filed its application for preliminary and final site plan approval for a 4,252-square-foot mosque in April of 2012, the suit says.

What followed was “pronounced hostility” from the community and objections manufactured by the planning board, it says. Residents said they feared the mosque could host potential terrorists and warned that Islamic law must be opposed, the suit says.

Additionally, a citizens group formed expressly to oppose the mosque lobbied throughout the township, it says.

After the society filed its application, the township committee amended the zoning ordinance to make new houses of worship difficult, if not impossible, to build, the suit says.

The society spent more than $450,000 to get approval of its site plan, the lawsuit says.

The suit charges that the defendants violated their rights to freely practice their religion and that they made arbitrary land-use decisions.

It seeks judicial orders to overturn the denial of the society’s application to develop the site, invalidate the restrictive sections of the zoning ordinance, appointment of a federal monitor and compensatory damages, among other things.


Where did the Islamic society get half a million dollars for a site plan? Now check out this headline also in New Jersey:

Fundamentalist Muslims Set Sights on N.J. Town and Angry Residents Resist…oh wait, here’s the real title: Orthodox Jews Set Sights on N.J. Town and Angry Residents Resist. The media would never put a headline like that stating Muslims were setting their sites on any town although it’s happening across the U.S.

Related:

New Jersey: Mosque lawyer demands city ignore fire officials’ concerns

Muslims turning residential NJ home into mosque for 150+

Muslims plan to raze house to build mosque in residential NJ neighborhood

NJ: Preserve Liberty Corner! Mosque continues zoning jihad

New Jersey: South Brunswick Library, Lawmakers Use Taxpayer Funds to Force Islam on Public

Taxation for Islamization. Libraries are a common target for Muslim supremacists as they infiltrate towns.  via US Library hosts event in New Jersey to dispel myths about Islam – AhlulBayt News Agency – ABNA – Shia News h/t Iron Burka

In an effort to promote tolerance through education, the South Brunswick Public Library (SBPL) in Monmouth junction, New Jersey hosted one in a series of conversations on major faiths around the world on Sunday.

Suzy Ismail, author and visiting professor of communication at DeVry University, led the discussion.
“Dispelling Misconceptions About Islam,” provided an understanding of what Islam is all about and how she as a Muslim American lives her faith.

In other words, it was nothing about real Islam or Islamic history but merely about how she wants Islam to be perceived…by the kuffar.

Ismail spoke to a crowd of more than 70 people, including members of the South Brunswick Human Relations Commission (SBHRC), the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater South Brunswick and the Community Resource Team, who co-sponsored the event.

South Brunswick Board of Education Member Azra Baig, coordinator of Sunday’s program and member of the township’s Human Relations Committee, said she was hopeful that the event would dispel some of the misconceptions about Islam.

Muslims are very aggressive at getting on and taking over local town, city and school boards. Once in, they exert maximum pressure to protect and promote Islam. Part of dawah.

Ismail emphasized that Muslim Americans are taught to live their faith by service to others and showing kindness and compassion.

“Any actions devoid of mercy and compassion are not of the faith,” she said.

To Muslims maybe, but not to non-Muslims.

Ismail applauded those who attended the event for taking the first step towards opening the door to conversation.

“It is not an easy thing to step outside of our comfort zone and conquer our fears and say yes, I want to learn,” she said.

When do Muslims ever step out of their comfort zone? When has there ever been a “take off your hijab day”? Or a “wear a yamulke day”? Or “go to Catholic mass day”? Never. Muslims make everyone else uncomfortable.

Library Director Chris Carbone emphasized the need for the library to play a role in educating the community as part of its mission.

“It is key for libraries to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas,” said Carbone, “and we wish to continue to celebrate the diversity of our vibrant community.”

Promoting Islam is not an exchange of ideas. 

“This is what a public library should do, force us to have conversation,” said State Assemblyman Jack Ciatterelli, who attended the event. “There is power and beauty in diversity.”

Taxpayers should not be forced to pay to hear about Islam. What power is there in diversity? Empty platitudes as taxpayer money is spent promoting the most violent and hateful of ideologies that has never tolerated beauty or diversity.

State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, a South Brunswick resident, also praised South Brunswick for coming together as a community. He challenged everyone to step up and speak out against hatred and negative rhetoric.

Zwicker clearly hasn’t read the Koran.

Also in attendance was State Sen. Linda Greenstein, and South Brunswick Township Council Members Jo Hochman and Joseph Camarota Jr.

Baig praised the legislators present for being advocates for justice and humanity, speaking up against racism and discrimination.

Specific dates have yet to be finalized for the remaining events in the continuing community conversations.


Absolutely unheard of for so many public officials to attend a library session on anything…let alone about Islam. South Brunswick residents should be concerned about their elected officials priorities.

Let them know here, Governing Body.

Syrian Muslims Coming to New Jersey via Church World Service

If you think these are refugees – see our post on the 20,000 Muslim “refugees” to Canada. Westfield will soon be the West Bank. via: Syrian Refugee Resettlement focus of March 6 forum at First Congregational Church of Westfield | NJ.com

First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer St., in Westfield, will host a special “Souper Sunday” forum on the Syrian refugee crisis and resettlement effort on Sunday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m., in the lower level of the McCorison Education Building, at the right of the church complex. A soup and salad luncheon will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be Mahmoud Mahmoud, director of Church World Service (CWS) in Jersey City, one of nine private aid organizations working with the United Nations and the U.S. State department to assist in international refugee resettlement.

Also known as hijrah, immigration jihad or Islamization.

Since April 2015, CWS has helped 150 refugees from Columbia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Syria start new lives in the New York metropolitan area.

How did Mahmoud Mahmoud become director of Church World Service?

As Church World Service prepares for a new wave of Syrian refugees, Mahmoud will discuss the many ways that volunteers can assist in the resettlement effort, from coordinating food, clothing and furniture donation drives to providing literacy training and mentorship.

Founded in 1946, Church World Service is an ecumenical humanitarian aid organization providing international relief and recovery efforts. The United Church of Christ, of which First Congregational is a member, has been a partner since 1957. For additional information on Church World Service, visit www.cwsglobal.org.

Mahmoud Mahmoud, director of Church World Service in Jersey City, will speak about ongoing efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in the New York area and ways the community can help at First Congregational Church of Westfield on Sunday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m. To register for this event, which includes a free soup luncheon, contact the church at 908-233-2494 or uccfcc@verizon.net.


Refugee Resettlement Watch writes: Syrians coming to NJ, Church World Service to hold gathering to educate citizens

If you live in North Jersey, especially in the area of Jersey City where Americans witnessed the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center across the harbor and where Donald Trump reported Muslims celebrating that day, you might want to attend this educational gathering being promoted by Church World Service, one of nine major federal resettlement contractors.

Contact the church at 908-233-2494 or uccfcc@verizon.net.

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