COLORADO: Somali Muslim invaders upset that nobody in Fort Morgan is willing to sell them property for a mosque

ORIGINAL HEADLINE: “Somalis’ assimilation in Colorado farm town stymied by lack of mosque.”

BETTER HEADLINE: “Somali Muslims want a mosque so they can finish creating a Muslim-only parallel society in another American town.”

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TRIB Live  FORT MORGAN, CO — For the last decade, Somali refugees have flocked to this conservative farm town on Colorado’s eastern plains. They have started a small halal mini-market and a restaurant, sent their children to the schools and worked at a meat processing plant (form which they were fired for demanding to pray during working hours).

As much as Fort Morgan’s small town feel reminds many of their rural villages back home, some say they will feel like outsiders until they get what has eluded them: a permanent mosque. They are renting two small rooms for a makeshift version, for now.

They don't need a mosque, they can lift their asses to Allah in any room

They don’t need a mosque, they can lift their asses to Allah in anywhere as long as they can segregate themselves from the women

They say they have tried to buy property to build a mosque but believe no one wants to sell to them.

“If we can own a mosque here, we will be more a part of the community,” said Abdinasser Ahmed, a local Somali leader and public schools teacher who fled war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, in 2003, arrived in Fort Morgan in 2009 to work at the plant and is now an American citizen.

Some longtime residents say they don’t want one in their city of 12,000, a step too far, especially at a time when fears of terrorism have grown following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

Twin Cities human traffickers enslaved girls younger than 13 for a decade. The people charged are: Abdifitah Jama Adan, 28; Abdullahi Sade Afyare, 19; Ahmad Abnulnasir Ahmad, 23; Yahya Jamal Ahmed, 23; Abdikarim Osman Ali, 22; Musse Ahmed Ali, 23; Hassan Ahmed Dahir, 21; Idris Ibrahim Fahra, 22; Fadumo Mohamed Farah, 25; Yasin Ahmed Farah, 19; Abdullahi Hashi, 24; Fatah Haji Hashi, 23; Abdirahman Abdirazak Hersi, 20; Muhiyadin Hassan Hussein, 22; Dahir Nor Ibrahim, 38; Abdifatah Bashir Jama, 23; Andrew Kayachith, 20; Abdigadir Ahmed Khalif, 24; Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed, 22; Bashir Yasin Mohamud, 26; Fuad Faisal Nur, 24; Abdifatah Sharif Omar, 25; Liban Sharif Omar, 21; Mohamed Sharif Omar, 26; Hamdi Ali Osman, 22; Haji Osman Salad, 20; Bibi Ahmed Said, 19; Ahmed Aweys Sheik, 24; Yassin Abdirahman Yusuf, 21. (Courtesy to Pioneer Press: Obtained from a court filing in US District Court in Tennessee.)

SOMALI MUSLIM human traffickers in the Midwest charged with enslaving girls younger than 13 for a decade. The Muslims charged are: Abdifitah Jama Adan, 28; Abdullahi Sade Afyare, 19; Ahmad Abnulnasir Ahmad, 23; Yahya Jamal Ahmed, 23; Abdikarim Osman Ali, 22; Musse Ahmed Ali, 23; Hassan Ahmed Dahir, 21; Idris Ibrahim Fahra, 22; Fadumo Mohamed Farah, 25; Yasin Ahmed Farah, 19; Abdullahi Hashi, 24; Fatah Haji Hashi, 23; Abdirahman Abdirazak Hersi, 20; Muhiyadin Hassan Hussein, 22; Dahir Nor Ibrahim, 38; Abdifatah Bashir Jama, 23; Andrew Kayachith, 20; Abdigadir Ahmed Khalif, 24; Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed, 22; Bashir Yasin Mohamud, 26; Fuad Faisal Nur, 24; Abdifatah Sharif Omar, 25; Liban Sharif Omar, 21; Mohamed Sharif Omar, 26; Hamdi Ali Osman, 22; Haji Osman Salad, 20; Bibi Ahmed Said, 19; Ahmed Aweys Sheik, 24; Yassin A. Yusuf, 21.

Putting a mosque “right in the center of town” would be a symbol “as if to claim the town,” said Candace Loomis, who runs a coffee shop and whose grandparents settled this country of sweeping horizons in a two-room sod house.

Divisions have been exacerbated by rhetoric on the Republican presidential campaign trail, including talk by Donald Trump and others about banning fellow refugees and Muslims from the United States. Each Islamic State-inspired terror attack, each domestic mass shooting adds to the pain of the East African community here, Ahmed said.

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It’s a challenge for refugees who fled violence to integrate into a society whose citizens worry about that very same violence at home. Residents say they want to be welcoming. But hesitations remain, especially about Muslim refugees.

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“There’s a general feeling out there of, ‘Let’s slow this train down a bit,’ ” Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone said. “It’s a sense of: ‘We don’t mind people coming here. Just be part of the process.’ ”

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What happened in San Bernardino solidified for a lot of residents their worries about how the United States vets refugees, Crone said.

Typical size of Somali Muslim family in America, many of whom are on welfare

Typical size of Somali Muslim family in America, many of whom are on welfare

“Some people will throw the racist card to that attitude,” he said. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s about a lack of social structure in their homelands. To ignore that kind of stuff is just not proper. But that doesn’t mean you’re going to treat them any different.”

This is just one of the many reasons people in this Colorado town don’t want even more Muslims in their neighborhood.

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