Dec 3 2010
Members of the concerned American citizens say they are being deceived by the professional liars from the mosque and the liberal commission members.
NC TIMES– On Thursday, one day after the city’s Planning Commission approved plans for a mosque to be built on land in the northeastern corner of the city, a group of area residents vowed to appeal the decision.
VIDEO OF THE PROPOSED MONSTER MOSQUE
“We are going to appeal, either today or Monday,” said Mano Bakh, a Wildomar resident who founded the group Concerned American Citizens this summer after the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley’s plans to build surfaced. If an appeal is filed, the item will be placed on an upcoming agenda for the Temecula City Council, which could vote on the matter early next year.
The commission approved the environmental documentation for the 25,000-square-foot building after an epic, 5 1/2-hour hearing Wednesday night that ended shortly after 11:30 p.m.
Testimony during the hearing from city residents and visitors to the area —- roughly 80 people total —- ran the gamut from criticism of mosques as training centers for terrorism to glowing paeans to the rich history of Islam and the wonderful attributes of the members of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, the group working to build the mosque.
After the hearing, the commissioners had city officials address the questions and concerns raised by opponents, and then castigated some audience members for making what the commissioners considered to be rude and hateful comments.
By the time the commissioners started talking at 11:15 p.m. or so, Bakh had left, disgusted with the show of support for the mosque from speakers, including young people who he said were trucked in from Los Angeles.
“That was a joke,” he said, adding that he has personal experience living in an Islamic country —- Iran —- and he didn’t appreciate “kids” telling him about Islam.
Describing his group’s game plan for the appeal hearing, Bakh said some members will be focused on traffic issues on Nicolas Road and others will be working with lawyers to pick apart the environmental documentation for the project.
As for the commission’s decision, Bakh said he wasn’t surprised by the vote but disappointed, adding that the city is being “deceived” by the center’s leaders. “That was a formality,” he said. “It’s a known fact they had already made their own decision.”
Contacted by phone after the issuance of the release, Mahmoud Harmoush, the center’s imam, did not sound concerned about Bakh’s vow to appeal. “That’s what the commission recognized. They don’t represent the majority of the people,” he said of the opponents.