TEMECULA: Despite threats if Muslims are allowed to build a mega mosque, City Council gives them the go-ahead

E-mails sent to the Temecula City Council in recent weeks warn of dire consequences if Muslims are allowed to build their monster mosque in Temecula’s Nicolas Valley, a rural community in the city’s northeastern corner.

NC TIMES (H/T Aaron)– From one of the e-mails: “The decision you are going to make is no different than if you had prior knowledge of the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor and not only did nothing, you actually supported it.”


There was also a missive that said “How are you all going to feel watching the destruction of this beautiful community knowing you are the cause because you allowed the Muslims to take over.”

The e-mails, from the general public, were forwarded last week to The Californian by members of the Temecula council. The council will rule Tuesday on an appeal of the Dec. 1 Planning Commission approval of plans for a mosque that have been submitted by the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley.

The appeal was filed by Temecula resident George Rombach on behalf of a group calling itself Concerned American Citizens.

NC TIMES — At the end of what city officials referred to as the longest meeting in city history, the City Council early Wednesday morning voted 4-0 to deny an appeal of the Planning Commission’s Dec. 1 approval of the Temecula mosque plans.

The 3:34 a.m. vote, with Councilman Chuck Washington absent, means the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley can move forward with the first phase of its mosque project absent any legal challenge.

Crafting the motion that was eventually approved, Councilman Mike Naggar added some conditions of approval sparked by some residents’ concerns about parking and traffic associated with the mosque.

The house of worship is slated for 4 acres of land near the intersection of Calle Medusa and Nicolas Roads in Temecula’s Nicolas Valley, a rural community in the northeastern corner of the city. The intersection is already home to two churches and some residents were concerned about added traffic congestion associated with the project as well as the possibility of more traffic accidents. (Not to mention five eardrum-shattering calls-to-prayer every day)

Residents who spoke during the hearing said traffic on Medusa routinely exceeds the speed limits due to motorists who use it a shortcut. And the intersection is especially congested before and after church services due to the Presbyterian and Baptist churches are near the site of the planned mosque.

Around the stroke of midnight, the mood in the chambers seemed to swing and a hearing that had been staid and full of planning jargon became a sort of free-wheeling debate pitting area Muslims and local members of the interfaith council against opponents of the mosque project.

Speakers directly challenged the Islamic leaders sitting in the audience. And more than one person criticized the Islamic ideology, saying it fosters abuse of women, violence and other alleged societal ills.

This portion of the hearing also featured speakers who defended the Islamic faith and said the people opposed to the plans for a mosque in Temecula were not motivated by their concerns about traffic issues or the construction of a building in a flood plain.

“It pains me to see Imam (Mahmoud) Harmoush dragged through the mud,” said Rev. Joe Zarro, a Murrieta pastor who serves as co-chair of the local interfaith council. (That’s right, better for your fellow citizens to be subjected to the Islamic death cult everyday)

At one point, Harmoush was targeted by a speaker, Rabbi Nachum Shifren of Santa Monica, who asked him to denounce Hamas, a militant group in the Gaza Strip that has been labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department.

When someone in the audience shouted out that the topic wasn’t an issue related to the mosque proposal, Shifren shouted back, “That’s exactly the issue!”

Naggar addressed this type of discourse at the end of the hearing, saying that some of the people who spoke demonstrated a great amount of fear. He also noted that the fear expressed by some is rooted in tangible events that have been linked with radical Islam, events such as Sept. 11, the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber.

According to the plans for the mosque, access to the center will be on Calle Colibri, a small cul-de-sac it will share with the Baptist church.

Residents opposed to the mosque formed a group calling itself Concerned American Citizens last summer and they have made their feelings known about the project during public meetings, a protest at the center’s headquarters on Rio Nedo and lectures at area churches and the city’s Community Recreation Center.

Offering reports from his personal observation of the intersection, he said the conditions are unsafe now due to the intersection being used as a shortcut by some motorists. With the addition of the mosque traffic, he argued, the intersection would be even more congested.

Some residents oppose the project for the planning reasons detailed above, but there also are some residents who say they oppose the construction of mosques because they think the facilities are not houses of worship but places where people are “brainwashed” with an ideology that fosters violence and a subjugation of the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Larry Slusser, a self-identified Mormon, said the U.S. erred following the attack on Pearl Harbor by putting Japanese-Americans in camps and he said there was a danger of making a similar mistake with Islam if we, as a country, blame the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or other terrorist acts on a small band of extremists. “It’s wrong to transfer fear to a race. It’s wrong to transfer fear to a religion,” he said. (Of course, Larry and his Muslim pals share a love of polygamy)

Another member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a young man named Braden Harter, also used examples from history to make a point, saying the opposition to the mosque was based in fear. Harter said it seems, based on his reading of history, that this treatment of Muslims by a lot of people in the country is similar to how numerous ethnic minorities were treated throughout the years. (Other ethnic minorities were not systematically attacking America and killing our citizens and soldiers on American soil)

He went down the line, cataloguing anti-Catholic, anti-German, anti-Chinese and anti-Semitic sentiments. “A lot of people pick on the new kids,” he said. (They are not the new kids, they are the new killers)

Eventually, however, Harter said that Muslims will become just like everyone else in the country and they, too, will start to “hate on someone else” in the future. (Muslim stated goals are not to blend in but to have Islam dominate and subjugate the rest of the country. See poster below)

A prohibition on calls to prayer was included in the original conditions of approval but there was a push to strengthen that section due to some concern that the Islamic Center could attempt to get the condition overturned by stating the ban clashed with its religious beliefs.