New Jersey: DOJ Sues Town for Rejecting Uncooperative Mosque in Residential Area

The DOJ – more aptly the Injustice Dept. or the Dept. of Jihad…zoning jihad – is at it again. Forcing Islam on Americans. 

Source: Justice Department Suing Towns For Refusing To Build Mosques | The Daily Caller

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing a town in New Jersey for bias after municipal officials refused to approve plans to build a mosque.

In a new court filing, the DOJ alleges that the Bernards Township Planning Board discriminated against the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) and violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act during a lengthy application process that ultimately resulted in the town’s denial of the proposed project.

The town is accused of discriminating against ISBR on the basis of its religion, applying standards of review to the ISBR it had not applied to other congregations and assemblies, and imposing a burden on members of the ISBR for practicing their religion.

“RLUIPA ensures that municipalities must treat religious land use applications like any other land use application,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. “But here, township officials kept moving the goalposts by using ever-changing local requirements to effectively deny this religious community the same access as other faiths.”

The Justice Department claims the township chose to apply different fire safety standards to the mosque than other similar buildings, changed the number of parking spots required to an arbitrary figure (107 as opposed to the standard 50), and amended parliamentary rules governing hearings so that supporters of the mosque were granted prohibitively less time to speak in favor. The township also cited storm-water management (SWM) as grounds for killing the project, though they had previously approved the ISBR’s proposed SWM plan.

The township argues that it provided the mosque numerous opportunities to redress its legitimate concerns. “The Township maintains that the Planning Board denial was based on legitimate land use and safety concerns which Plaintiffs refused, and to this day, refuse to address,” the town said in a statement. “To that point, the Planning Board presented Plaintiffs an opportunity for reconsideration to address the land use issues early on, and Plaintiffs have shown no interest in complying.”

The township also calls into question the propriety of a relationship between a member of the ISBR and a lead DOJ investigator. Attorneys for the township also confirm that a lawyer representing the mosque was in contact with DOJ investigators well before the planning board reached any decision regarding the ISBR’s application. “These communications, unknown by the Township at the time, suggest an inappropriate collusion with Plaintiffs rather than an unbiased review.”

The town also accuses the Department of Justice of engaging in punitive behavior throughout the investigation, and not acting in good faith.

“The Township strongly believes the DOJ investigation, including the interviews, was not conducted in an objective manner designed to seek the truth, but rather only to support and bolster the ongoing ISBR civil lawsuit.” The ISBR brought its own civil rights lawsuit against the township earlier this year.



This is a direct result of Muslim immigration and a DOJ run amok.

The reality is – and mosques around the country have proven this to be true – the mosque’s estimates are low. Extremely low. That is their M.O. There will be hundreds of Muslims frequenting this residential area at all hours and when the parking spots run out – they will park in the streets, on neighbors lawns and blocking driveways if necessary. Their numbers will grow substantially faster than any estimate they provide.

Eventually the large tract of land they purchased will be used for additional buildings or extensions to the planned building. A school, a recreation center, a cemetery, a bigger school, a bigger mosque, possibly even Muslim only residences. It will not end well for residents. They should stall further discussions until the DOJ is under competent leadership and all subversive elements are removed.

A few exits north on the Turnpike reveals what happens when Islamic supremacists move in: New Jersey: Mosque takes over church, quickly disrupt neighbors quality of life.

Related:

New Jersey: Islamic Society lawyers bullying and harassing citizens who spoke against mosque

“It was scary. They came to my home in the middle of the night to serve me the papers.” ~ Citizen speaks about mosque lawyers intimidation

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

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

NJ: Preserve Liberty Corner! Mosque continues zoning jihad

New Mexico: Top imam who supported Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is detained by ICE

despite judge’s order he be released | Albuquerque Journal   h/t ReligionOfPeace.com

One of New Mexico’s top Muslim spiritual leaders has been held in federal detention for more than two months, despite a judge’s order he be released on bond, a move federal officials say is necessary due to alleged national security concerns.

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Imam Talha Elsayed

In a lawsuit filed in federal court seeking his release, Tahla Elsayed’s attorney says he is the target of a “witch hunt.”

The arrest of Elsayed, a Saudi-born Egyptian citizen and Islamic studies scholar, on Sept. 1 stunned the local Muslim community and leaves the two mosques in Albuquerque without an imam, or priest.

Elsayed, 35, is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in federal court after the agency refused to allow him to post a $10,000 bond ordered by an El Paso immigration court judge, who ruled Nov. 1 that Elsayed was neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk.

The lawsuit – which includes hundreds of pages of documents, including those from his bond hearing – contends Elsayed has been the subject “of a witch hunt based simply on his religion and national origin,” and should be released.

He has been seeking a visa to work and had refused a demand by a Homeland Security agent that he leave the country. He is charged with overstaying his visa, despite having an application pending with immigration authorities.

The documents show that the FBI said it has “an investigative interest” in Elsayed and that a DHS attorney said the case “possibly involved a national security concern.”

ICE declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

The imam’s detention has rattled Albuquerque’s small, but growing, Muslim community.

Omar Momani serves on the board of the Dar Al-Salam Foundation of New Mexico and describes Elsayed as “a well-known imam” with “amazing qualifications.” Marrying a deep knowledge of the Quran and a “fun” lecture style, Elsayed “has everything you’re looking for in an imam or priest,” Momani said.

His detention was “a huge shock.”

“It was like somebody sucker-punched us in the face,” Momani said. “We didn’t know why this was happening. Everything we did was through a lawyer. The paperwork was filed. Why this was happening?”

Elsayed first came to Albuquerque three years ago at the invitation of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, where he led prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and offered religious lectures. He returned for Ramadan in 2014.

The new mosque in northeast Albuquerque, Dar Al-Salam, invited him back in 2015 as a guest lecturer, and, early this year, the Dar Al-Salam Foundation applied to the U.S. government for a new visa that would let Elsayed work, providing religious instruction.

While he waited for a response from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to his application, he and his wife, Ebtesam, enrolled their four children in Albuquerque public schools and volunteered in the Muslim community.

Then, Homeland Security Investigations called. Continue reading

Michigan: Muslims building Islamic enclave that includes duplexes and single family homes

An update on this post – Michigan: Terror-linked CAIR & DOJ Shakedown Township for $1.7M to Build Islamic School. Well, it’s not just an Islamic school/mosque  – it’s an Islamic enclave. Taxation for Islamization!

Source: Updated: Justice Department lawsuit over Islamic school in Washtenaw County settled | MLive.com

The township will pay MIA $1.7 million to settle the CAIR-MI suit, which was filed in 2012. The group’s attorneys say the sum is “one of the largest-ever RLUIPA settlements.” The settlement also allows MIA to proceed with plans to build a 70,000-square-foot Islamic school along with a small residential development that serves as a buffer between it and an existing subdivision.

More detail from a press release by the terror-linked, terror-listed, FBI-banned Hamas front group CAIR:

CAIR-MI said the settlement, one of the largest since RLUIPA was enacted, grants MIA the right to build a 70,000 square foot Islamic school, a residential development consisting of 22 duplex units and three single family homes, and a park.  The settlement also awards MIA $1.7 million.


How many Muslims…Syrian Muslim “refugees” perhaps, hand-picked – for their sharia adherence and stealth jihadist abilities – might fit into 22 duplex units?

The Michigan Islamic Academy was never planning to abide by any zoning laws or the interests of any neighborhood they break ground on. They have multiple sites and always expand beyond the original plan sold to city officials, residents and zoning commissions. They had already started expanding in 2014, more than a year before the DOJ officially got involved in forcing the Islamic enclave on Pittsfield.

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California: Mosque Uses Lawsuit to Abolish Zoning Power of Small Rural Community

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We refer to this on Creeping Sharia as the “zoning jihad” and there are dozens of examples across the U.S. Read our previous coverage of the San Martin imposition here, here and here. The article below adds important additional details.


Source: American Thinker: Mosque Uses Lawsuit to Abolish Zoning Power of Small California Community

By Georgine Scott-Codiga

In a small rural area of Santa Clara County California lies a geographically unique area of land called San Martin, close to, but not of, Silicon Valley.

In 1981 the Board of Supervisors established the San Martin Planning Advisory Committee (SMPAC), the only entity of its kind in the county, to give local residents and land owners a voice in decisions affecting San Martin.  Members were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review interim land use policies, the San Martin Water Quality Study, and to make recommendation to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on land use matters of interest to the San Martin Community.197349_5_

Special care was taken to protect these unique rural agricultural areas, rich in important resources, agriculture, mineral deposits, forests, and wildlife.  Two years later the Board adopted ‘Special Area Plans’ to its General Plan.  These policies limited overall growth and development in rural areas limiting them to non-urban low-density uses that supported the needs of the local community.  The Plan sought to minimize the demand for public services (i.e. roads, Sheriff, postal, crime, graffiti control, etc.) and the cost to the general public for providing and maintaining these undeveloped rural areas.

In 2006, the South Valley Islamic Center proposed to build Cordoba Center (Cordoba) in the San Martin planning area.  In 2011 Cordoba’s project description proposed a 5,000 sq. ft. mosque, 5,000 sq. ft. multipurpose hall, 1-2 covered patios for group picnic, bathrooms for picnic/retreat area.

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The tight knit community of San Martin rallied together rejecting the project. They commented at numerous public meetings how the project was too large; unsustainable environmentally; uncharacteristic to San Martin; and that it violated the longtime ‘Local-Serving’ ordinances implemented decades earlier.  Traditional Muslim beliefs forbid non-Muslims from being buried in their cemeteries and since less than 1/10th of 1% of the local residents are Muslim, Cordoba wasn’t considered to be of a ‘Local-Serving’ nature to the community.

Cordoba’s documents were scrutinized.  Previous owners of Cordoba’s parcels had abandoned building permits due to failed percolation tests.  Decades of observations by residents attested to flooding on the property and reported reverse direction of water flow, contradicting reports in Cordoba’s documents.

Cordoba’s application was on the heels of the San Martin perchlorate contamination. The Olin Corp. had improperly dumped toxic chemicals into the soil polluting hundreds of San Martin wells, forcing residents to rely on bottled water for years, some still doing so.  This made the safety of the residents’ drinking water a priority when questioning Cordoba’s septic system and proposed ‘green’ cemetery.  Almost all of San Martin residents rely on well water as their only source of drinking water.  With no city water company or piped in water available, understandably, water is a major concern.

Muslim custom is to bury their dead directly into the ground without caskets or embalming.   “Green” or natural cemeteries started popping up in the U.S. in 2007.  A fairly recent addition, and with all neighboring entities to current green cemeteries having piped in city water available to them, there aren’t any studies on the effects of green burials (i.e, decaying bodies directly exposed to the soil) on nearby wells.  Understandably, San Martin residents, demanded studies showing Cordoba’s proposed cemetery would be safe to their drinking water.  To date, no studies have been provided.

In 2012, the County somehow excused Cordoba from obtaining an Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.), allowing them to go forward with only a Mitigated Negative Declaration.  A Negative Declaration is a document that states upon completion of an initial study that there is no substantial evidence that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.   In contrast, an E.I.R. is an informational document that informs the public agency/public of significant environmental effects of a project, possible ways to minimize them and reasonable alternatives.

Local residents, noting the County’s willful desertion of its duty to protect and enforce the ordinances enacted to preserve their ‘Special Area’, filed a lawsuit against the County and Cordoba.  The lawsuit resulted in Cordoba withdrawing its application, and executing a settlement agreement mandating it obtain an E.I.R. if they refiled.

Cordoba, apparently not willing to build anywhere else; i.e. in an urban area of the County devoid of numerous ‘Special Area’ ordinances or other restrictions on noise, traffic, septic, building design, etc., instead threatened to sue the County for violating federal RLUIPA law (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act).   Continue reading

Oregon: Muslim immigrant refuses to shake infidel boss’ hand, then sues company for $1M

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When the cultural jihad fails, step two is the legal jihad. Source: Islamic woman who wouldn’t shake male boss’ hand sues for $1 million after firing | OregonLive.com

A woman of Islamic faith who was hired as a case manager at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her former employer — claiming she was fired after she refused to shake the hand of a male boss, wore a head scarf on the job and asked for time to pray during the work day.

Sharmin Rahman’s lawsuit states that after starting her job on Dec. 1, 2014, she met a senior director, Royce Bowline. When Bowline tried to shake Rahman’s hand, Rahman declined by explaining that her faith prohibited her from shaking the hands of men, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

The suit claims that afterward, a female employee, Bethany Kuhn, questioned her about it, allegedly saying, “I was told that you did not shake Royce’s hand. Did you know that he is our boss?”

The suit states that Rahman responded, “Yes, but that does not change things. I can’t shake his hand.”

A spokeswoman for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

“We strive to treat all employees fairly and equitably,” wrote spokeswoman Samantha Ridderbusch.

The nonprofit employs 900 people in the Portland area and greater Willamette Valley. It offers assistance to about 15,000 people each year who are homeless or have problems with addictions or mental health.

Rahman was born in Bangladesh and her ethnic background is South Asian, according to the suit. She speaks with an accent, but started learning British English when she was in kindergarten. The suit states that she has a master’s degree in social work.

She was fired on April 14, 2015 — and the reason listed was “Inability or Not Qualified,” the suit states. Rahman was given no warnings about her performance and hadn’t been disciplined before her firing, according to the suit.

Among allegedly discriminatory episodes in her 4 ½ months on the job, according to her lawsuit:

  • Rahman prayed up to three times during the work day in her locked office, with a sign hanging on the door that read “Do not disturb.” The suit states that although Rahman explained her need to pray, an employee who Rahman supervised interrupted her four times by knocking on her office door and then unlocking the door and entering the office.
  • At least twice, Rahman’s supervisor, Elizabeth Miller, asked her about whether the head and neck scarves she wore posed a safety problem because a client could pull on the scarf. Rahman responded by saying no one had touched her scarves before.
  • Rahman’s supervisor, Miller, offended her several times by watching her while she ate traditional foods from Bangladesh for lunch, according to the suit. Miller “derisively said ‘what are you eating,'” the suit states.
  • Although Rahman wasn’t told her accent was a problem when she was hired, Rahman’s supervisor and another employee, Kuhn, “parroted” the way she spoke English — prompting her to cry, the suit states. Kuhn expressed surprise she went to Portland State University and told her she should go back to school to learn English, according to the suit.
  • Miller and Kuhn told Rahman that she wasn’t able to keep up to date with technology because of her age. The suit says the pair “mocked (Rahman) because she typed with her index finger.” According to a report by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Rahman was approximately 50 years old at the time.
  • The suit states that Miller would smoke during “walk-and-talk” meetings, despite Rahman asking her not to and requesting reasonable accommodation for her asthma.

Rahman is claiming not only religious discrimination, but discrimination based on her ethnicity, national origin and disability of asthma.

After her firing, Rahman complained to the state Bureau of Labor and Industries. An investigator there determined in July 2016 that Rahman hadn’t presented enough evidence to prove her case of discrimination based on religion or disability.

According to the investigator’s report, Cascadia said Rahman was having trouble using the organization’s software, wrote poorly constructed sentences and had been put on a “written warning with action plan” less than two months after her hiring.

The investigator also wrote that Cascadia defended itself by saying that Rahman didn’t complain about some alleged incidents, including that she was interrupted during prayer or that her supervisor made a funny face while looking at her lunch.

Read the BOLI report here.

The suit seeks up to $500,000 in noneconomic for humiliation, anxiety and distress. The suit seeks $500,000 for economic damages that include past and future lost wages and benefits.

Rahman also is seeking her job back.

Portland attorneys Daniel Snyder, Carl Post and John Burgess are representing Rahman.

Read the lawsuit here.


Importing Muslims who refuse to assimilate is the first mistake. Hiring them is the second.

PS: One has to wonder if the apparently unqualified and incompetent woman – based on the findings – was hired for fear of being accused of discrimination. Either way, Cascadia and its employees are learning about Islam the hard way (as is the last 15 years weren’t enough).

Nebraska: Fired Muslim meatpackers lose religious discrimination lawsuit

Source: No religious discrimination found in 2008 JBS Swift dispute | omaha.com

In a case that alleged mistreatment of Somali Muslim workers, a federal judge in Omaha ruled last week in favor of the JBS Swift meatpacking plant in Grand Island and against the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The suit was filed by the EEOC on behalf of close to 80 JBS employees who were fired on Sept. 19, 2008. They alleged religious discrimination in the suit, which was filed in 2010.

U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp found no evidence of a discriminatory motive.

The dispute began with requests by Somali Muslim employees for religious accommodation involving breaks for prayers.

Dissatisfied with the progress of those talks, a group of Somali Muslim employees refused to work on Sept. 16, 2008. Two days later, a group of Hispanic employees refused to work.

On Sept. 18, 2008, JBS management told employees that the next group of employees that refused to work would be terminated.

Later that night, JBS terminated about 80 Somali Muslim employees who refused to go back to work. That group included four of the individuals who brought the suit — Shamsho Abshir, Tufah Hassan, Abdiaziz Jama and Shukri Wais. Some of the employees were allowed to return to work when it was found they had not actually walked out the previous night.

The events that triggered the suit occurred during Ramadan in 2008.

On Sept. 12, 2008, JBS management and representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local No. 22 met with representatives of JBS’ Somali Muslim employees. Those representatives said Muslim employees desired a mass break at sunset in order to perform their maghrib prayer.

Several accommodations were discussed, including changing meal times to coincide with prayer times.

Ultimately, JBS representative Dennis Sydow told Muslim representatives that JBS could not meet their requests because he believed the requests violated the meal-time requirements of the employees’ collective bargaining agreement.

After meeting further on Sept. 15, 2008, JBS executives told the Muslim employees that they could not meet their requests, citing productivity and safety concerns in allowing a large number of employees to leave the line at the same time. They also cited the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement.

That day, a large group of Somali Muslim employees gathered outside the JBS facility to protest the company’s refusal to accommodate their prayer requests. They refused to report for work that day and Sept. 16.

On the afternoon of Sept. 16, JBS management, union officials and Somali Muslim representatives met to discuss prayer accommodations. An agreement was reached that for the remainder of Ramadan, the B-shift meal break would be a mass break at 7:45 p.m. The shift would be shortened by 15 minutes to seven and three-quarter hours. As part of the agreement, the employees who failed to report for work on Sept. 15 and 16 would have a letter placed in their files.

JBS sent a notice to union representatives stating that further work stoppages could result in termination. The lawsuit’s claimants denied they ever received notice from union officials.

On Sept. 17, a large group of employees, many of them Hispanic, walked off the job and refused to return to the production floor. B-shift operations were canceled that night due to a lack of employees.

The next day, several hundred Hispanic workers on the A shift walked off the job or refused to begin work to protest the company’s decision to provide religious accommodation to the Somalia Muslim employees. In order to get the plant operating and avoid a shutdown, JBS management decided not to implement the agreement for the 7:45 p.m. mass break and returned the meal break to its original time.

The company then told employees, through their union leadership, that the next group of employees that refused to work would be terminated.

That night, a group of Somali Muslim employees began to engage in a loud demonstration in the cafeteria to protest JBS’ decision to rescind the break-time agreement. Police were called when approximately 70 to 80 Somali Muslim employees remained in the cafeteria at the end of the meal break.

The employees who did not return to work that night were fired.


They may have lost the lawsuit but they got a lot of sharia accommodations:

Muslim employees fired after Islamic prayer breaks abused, police oversee

EEOC says CO plant must submit to more Islamic sharia law

Nebraska meat plant cedes prayer time to Muslims

Nebraska meat plant sued for Muslim prayer time

Michigan: Terror-linked CAIR & DOJ Shakedown Township for $1.7M to Build Islamic School

The citizens don’t want a massive Islamic school that will teach hatred of non-Muslims and other dictates of the Koran and sharia in their neighborhood, nor all the negatives that come with it (traffic, parking and eventually a mega mosque). But the DOJ is forcing Islam on America. The results will not be pretty for future generations. And it all stems from mass immigration (legal and illegal) and refugee resettlement of Muslims.

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CAIR is a named terrorist group. Source: Michigan Township to Pay $1.7 Million to Islamic School for Banning Its Construction

A Michigan township will pay an Islamic school $1.7 million as part of a settlement reached after a majority of the planning commission voted against a Muslim group’s request to build the facility.

Earlier this week, Pittsfield Township agreed to pay the sum of $1.7 million and allow the Michigan Islamic Academy to begin construction of a 70,000-square-foot school.

Pittsfield agreed to the settlement which was reached after two lawsuits were filed against it by the U.S. Justice Department and the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

In a statement released Thursday, CAIR-MI said the settlement is one of the largest ever settled based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

“We welcome the settlement with Pittsfield Township and hope the outcome of this case will serve as a deterrent to other municipalities throughout the country seeking to deny Muslim institutions the right to build or expand their facilities on the basis of religion,” stated CAIR-MI Legal Director Lena Masri.

In August 2011, the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission rejected in a vote of 3-2 a request by the Islamic Academy to build a school in the area.

“About 125 residents attended and about 50 spoke during public comment. Most of those opposed to the plan stressed that they have no issue with the school being Islamic, but said their concerns centered around traffic, children’s safety and the school being inconsistent with the master plan,” the Ann Arbor News reported in 2011.

Later in October 2011, the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to affirm the recommendation from the planning commission to reject the rezoning request of the Islamic Academy.

In February 2012, the Islamic Academy and CAIR filed a lawsuit against Pittsfield in district court, accusing the Township of violating their religious liberty under RLUIPA.

The Justice Department eventually filed a suit against Pittsfield in October 2015, with U.S. District Attorney Barbara McQuade writing in a statement that they filed the lawsuit “to protect the right of all Americans to practice their religion and receive the religious instruction and education of their choice.”

“This complaint alleges that Pittsfield Township denied the Michigan Islamic Academy’s request to build a school in violation of that law,” continued McQuade.

“The law prohibits the government from imposing land use regulations that substantially burden religious exercise unless there is a compelling government interest and uses the least restrictive means of doing so.”

Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal said in a statement earlier this week that the board’s decision to reach a settlement on the two lawsuits does not mean that the Township admits to wrongdoing.

“The township and the board of trustees emphatically deny any wrongdoing, discrimination or violation of law,” stated Grewal, as published Thursday by the Detroit News.

“The township’s position from the beginning was and continues to be about protecting existing residents in this region from land uses that were not originally envisioned when they purchased their homes.”


Hillary Clinton will continue the transformation of the U.S. into a Muslim nation at a rapid pace.

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