Georgia County Will End Ban, Mosque Project Can Go Forward
This is a follow-up to the page I posted nine days ago. It looks like the county commissioners wisely chose to cave after CAIR and the NAACP got involved and threatened to bring in the DoJ. My guess is that the county (and its lawyers) figured this would be an expensive fight they were pretty much guaranteed to lose.
Why do local-level politicians keep pulling this nonsense? Surely they must know full well that they’re violating the First Amendment by blocking (or attempting to block) a specific religion from building a place of worship. It’s so stupid.
I only took a small snippet from the original article as it was quite short:
ATLANTA — A ban on building permits for religious institutions that was prompted by opposition to a mosque will soon be lifted, officials in a Georgia county said Wednesday.
Newton County officials said the project needs other approvals before construction can start but pledged to work with mosque members. A majority of the county’s commissioners said they plan to vote Sept. 13 to lift the ban and approve zoning changes that won’t affect the mosque and Muslim cemetery.
“Newton County is rich in diversity and hospitality, and we are happy to see residents of all faiths and backgrounds live and worship together in our community,” Commissioner Nancy Schulz said in a joint statement with Muslim leaders. […]
Apparently, in the nine days between my first page and this one, the mayors of all five incorporated cities/towns in Newton County wrote a letter blasting county officials for the moratorium they imposed. A big thanks goes out to them for doing the right thing by standing up for people’s rights, regardless of how unpopular their religion might be in the public’s perception. This is precisely why the Constitution and rule of law are so important (see the links below for more).
Added a couple more links to “Also See” below regarding other things that happened related to the story that I was unaware of between my earlier page and this one. You can be sure that the Islamophobia industry’s anti-Muslim activists are involved somehow because people don’t get this hysterical unless someone is instigating, case in point:
The people who do promote this brand of fear & hatred are evil, and I don’t mean that in a religious sense because I’m pretty much convinced that Satan is us (i.e. just a symbol of the worst, darkest parts or our human nature).