Bayonne, NJ: Residents Opposed to Islamic Center to Protest at City Hall
*SIGH* Here we go again. Added emphasis is mine.
BAYONNE — With less than a week left before the city zoning board decides whether to approve the plan for a Muslim community center, residents vehemently opposed to the project are putting up signs and organizing a protest at City Hall.
The signs — which read “If the mosque comes, the mayor (goes)” and “No mas (‘No more’ in Spanish), no mosque” — have been posted near the vacant warehouse where the community center would be located at the east end of 24th Street off Avenue F.
A flier for a Jan. 12 meeting of residents opposed to the community center featured a Sept. 11 logo with the word “remember” in block letters.
Joe Wisniewski, 50, of 23rd Street said he and other neighbors put up the signs, and that a grassroots movement of “at least 100” people are against the center primarily because they believe it would bring in additional traffic and noise.
“It’s a quiet area. We don’t want the cars coming and going at all times of the day, even if it’s just on Friday when they have their main services,” he said. […]
After years of searching for a permanent religious home, the local Muslim community has set its sights on converting the warehouse at 109 E. 24th St. into a community center that would offer, among other things, prayer halls, classrooms and a soup kitchen.
Wisniewski, who has previously suggested a Catholic church be built at the site instead of a Muslim community center, stressed that he and other residents opposing the project aren’t doing so strictly on religious grounds. […]
Wisniewski said he and other neighbors are inviting Donald Trump and political activist Pamela Geller to a demonstration they have planned for next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall. […]
Uh-huh, if this grassroots movement is all about the traffic & noise and not religion, then why the reference to 9/11? Why would this Wisniewski person suggest a Catholic church be built at the site? Do Catholics not drive? Do they not make any noise? The same guy has also brought up other terrorist attacks, and even comments by Trump about illegal immigrants from Mexico. Note that demagogue DonaldTrump & extremist Pamela Geller are invited to their demonstration at City Hall this coming Tuesday, but never you mind that—it’s all about the traffic & noise, not anti-Muslim bigotry and scapegoating.
Additionally, if he knows the main services are on Friday, then why all the fuss over a weekly event? I mean, they’re observant Muslims—it’s not like they’re going to be throwing wild parties with loud music, drinking & dancing until all hours, FFS.
Here’s Google’s street view of the lovely dead end street they’re so concerned about. The current “mosque” is a cramped space the Muslims have been renting in the basement of a Catholic church for six years. Here’s more info at their website regarding their current situation and their plans for the property, if allowed to build their community center.