I see the Kennesaw City Council unanimously changed their votes and then went slinking out the back door. Such bravery! Emphasis added is mine:
With a unanimous 5-0 vote Monday, the Kennesaw City Council approved a permit allowing an Islamic prayer center to open in a retail center, reversing its decision earlier this month to deny the request.
The controversial vote came despite protests from a crowd of about 20 people outside City Hall holding signs with the words “Ban Islam” and “No Mosque” and waving American flags before and after the meeting. […]
When Mayor Mark Mathews adjourned the meeting, all the council members left the room quickly through a back door. Mathews remained but said none of the other council members would comment on the change of vote. […]
Councilwoman Debra Williams said in a statement to the MDJ after the meeting that all she could say about changing her vote on the issue was “RLUIPA trumps.” […]
And here are some of the comments from the protesters, the Real Americans™, those patriotic protectors of the Constitution. Their naked bigotry and ignorance—not only about Islam & Muslims, but about the Constitution they claim to honor & protect—is appalling:
Karen Untz, a protester from Cumming, said she was scared of what would happen to the community now that the mosque was allowed in and predicted it would bring Sharia law with it.
“They get a bunch of people in an area, and then they institute Sharia law, and then they beat their wives, et cetera, et cetera. I don’t want to go into all the other terrible things they do,” Untz said. “This is going to start happening all over the state.” […]
Umm, what? Which state did that happen in?
Chris Hill, a protestor from McDonough, said he also thinks the mosque will lead to Sharia law in Kennesaw. […]
Gloria Williamson, a protester from Jasper, called Islam a cult and said it should not be given the freedom religions such as Christianity enjoy.
“It’s a cult. It’s not a religion because they teach hate toward Americans,” Williamson said. […]
So…. as an American Muslim I’m taught to hate myself, not to mention my family members & friends who aren’t Muslim? That’s the first I’ve heard of that—it’s definitely gonna be a problem. The stupid, it burns.
Note in the source article that the captions under the 3rd & 4th photos indicate that the protesters in them are Three Percenters. This hatefulness and outright bigotry is the sort of unregenerate filth that the GOP has willingly allowed into it’s ranks. It’s the same drooling, knuckle-dragging crowd that people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer play (and feed their rancid red meat) to. They’re thoroughly revolting, the lot of them.
For anyone who isn’t aware of it, the Three Percenters share “values” with the Oathkeepers. Here’s an article on them by the ADL from back in 2009. There’s another over at the SPLC about a co-founder of the Three Percenters, Michael Brian Vanderboegh. And yet another, this one from 2013 regarding police in Jersey City who had the chutzpah to actually wear patches advertising their allegiance. Yes, that Jersey City, the one right in the middle of the (supposed) East Coast bastion of liberalism, sitting right across the Hudson River from NYC.
If that doesn’t convince you, then listen to the Oathkeepers themselves praise & defend their Three Percenter brethren: donotlink.com
Keep in mind that the antigoverment “Patriot” movement consists of all manner of conspiracy theorists and bigots including, but certainly not limited to, the sovereign citizens movement which is “rooted in racism and anti-Semitism.”