Residents who voted against recognizing the Ahuntsic Cultural Centre as an official Muslim place of worship reject any suggestion ‘Islamophobia’ played a role in their decision. That’s because it isn’t about ‘Islamophobia,’ it’s about justified loathing and fear of Muslims and their supremacist ideology posing as a religion.
CBC(h/t Susan K) Nearly two-thirds of those who cast their ballots voted against the proposal on Sunday. The referendum was triggered by residents in the area, after the borough initially approved the cultural centre’s request for official designation.
John Mirano, who voted against, said his main concern was the increase in traffic a prayer site would bring to the neighbourhood. “It’s bad enough finding parking in summertime here, never mind winter,” he told CBC News.
“I’m not racist,” he said. “It’s just that it’s too crowded here. Everyone parks in front of my house. They block my garage. It creates a lot of problems.” Of the 481 valid ballots cast, 291 people voted No in the referendum. The voter turnout rate was 43 per cent.
In Outremont, councillors voted last week to move forward with a bylaw that would see new places of worship banned on two main commercial streets. Last year, a mosque in Saint-Laurent faced eviction because it had been operating primarily as a place of worship where zoning prohibits it.