Mar 15 2012
MILWAUKEE: Opponents of proposed mosque anger Islamic Society Organizers with their knowledge about the real Islam
An informed public is a Muslim’s worst nightmare. Mosque officials were shocked at what they called ‘hostile questioning’ about Islamic ideology.
JS ONLINE A crowd gathered at the Brookfield Public Library raised questions not just about a proposed mosque in the area, but about the faith and ideology of those who plan to use it.
“We’re not fighting against a religion, what we’re fighting against is a tyrannical ideology,” said Janet Spiewak of the conservative Eagle Forum, which hosted the discussion. She urged residents to raise concerns about the mosque’s traffic impact and other zoning issues at the city’s upcoming meetings on the project, presumably as a way of stopping it from being built.
“We can, through public pressure, force the aldermen and the mayor to acknowledge where the majority of Brookfield stands,” she said.
Islamic Society of Milwaukee President Ahmed Quereshi and Executive Director Othman Atta answered a barrage of questions – at times hostile – on the size of the building, terrorism, sharia law, the role of women in Islam, and what is and isn’t in the Qur’an.
Their answers were at times met with derisive laughter and heckling. Some people focused on basics such as traffic; others threw out examples of violence and terrorism done by people claiming to act in concert with Islamic teaching.
Police officers watched from cars nearby.
“We are not advocating extremism,” said Atta, noting that as an attorney he has sworn an oath to uphold the laws of the United States. (ALL Muslims lie) “We’re here as American citizens (but we consider ourselves Muslims first). Quereshi said. “We are not the people advocating for hatred and violence. “Our goal here is just to provide a house of worship for the community who reside here.” (and jihad training for those want to attack those who reside here)
The Islamic Society is proposing to build a 12,950-square-foot mosque and community center on 4.25 acres east of N. Calhoun Road on Pheasant Drive. The Society, which operates a 70,000-square-foot complex near S. 13th St. and W. Layton Ave. in Milwaukee, said it has about 100 families who live within a 4-mile radius of the Brookfield site.
(Ignorant about Islam) Members of the Brookfield-Elm Grove Interfaith Network, which has endorsed the project, attended the gathering as a show of support.
Much of the rancor had abated by the end, with some residents inviting the Muslim leaders to host a local forum and asking that copies of the Qur’an be sent to local churches. (The hatred and condemnation of all other faiths version? Or the sanitized, non-violent, just for gullible infidels version?)
“My question is about what’s being taught there,” said Swannie Tess. “I’m 80 years old, and I’ll be dead in 10 years, but I have children and grandchildren growing up.”
The Eagle Forum of Wisconsin’s website includes as part of its mission: “We must also be vigilant against external threats from rogue nations and radical Islamists.”