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‘Bomb Making Next Driveway’ Posted Next to Mosque

The neighbor who made the above sign says,

“‘It does not say what driveway. It doesn’t say ‘at the mosque’,” he said. ‘If they feel it’s at them, that’s how they feel.'”

That’s as sincere as Pamela Geller saying she “Looooooves the Moooslims.”

‘Bomb Making Next Driveway’ posted next to mosque

AMHERST, N.Y. — Muslim leaders are upset that a homeowner who lives next door to a newly opened mosque has posted a sign on his front lawn that reads “Bomb Making Next Driveway.”

Michael Heick lives along a heavily traveled road in Amherst, a Buffalo suburb. The next driveway on the same side of the road is the entrance to the Jaffarya Center.

Heick told local media outlets that he put up the sign last weekend because he was frustrated with how the mosque and town officials handled his complaints that the mosque was built too close to his property and that its bright lights violate town code.

“The place is too close. I don’t care what people think. It doesn’t matter what people think,” he told the Buffalo News. “This is a way to get answers now. I get none from the town. The intent was to catch the eye of the people who I have a problem with.”

In an interview with local TV network, WGRZ, Commissioner of Building Thomas Ketchum described Heick’s allegation about the town as “absolutely false.”

He told WGRZ that outstanding issues had caused him to issue a conditional certificate of occupancy for the mosque. It allows the building to be occupied but under the condition that code violations are corrected.

Heick, for his part, insisted the sign was not directed at a particular group.

“It does not say what driveway. It doesn’t say ‘at the mosque’,” he said. “If they feel it’s at them, that’s how they feel.”

Mosque officials said the sign’s message is offensive and that Heick hasn’t responded to their requests for a meeting.

“I would really think it’s an incitement of hatred against Muslims,” said Dr. Syed Jaffri, an Amherst psychiatrist and member of the mosque’s board of trustees. “Law enforcement should take it very seriously. Tomorrow, somebody could say, ‘Oh they have weapons,’ and people believe it.”

Mubarak Abidi, mosque president, said he called Amherst police over the weekend about the sign and was told its posting wasn’t illegal.

“They said there’s nothing in the law that we can do anything about this sign,” he said.

The center planted shrubs along the property line that should grow to six feet in a few years, but Heick said he wants the center to put up a six-foot-tall fence.

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  • Khushboo

    According to the Buffalo News, the neighbor with that hateful sign is suspicious of the mosque saying that the other day “they were unloading boxes” when asked if he thinks they’re making bombs. People think we’re guilty until proven innocent. What a sad world we live in!

  • Mosizzle

    99 bombs!!

    If the guys setting them off were Muslim, then we cannot even begin to imagine the reaction from the Islamophobes. Islam will be blamed, and all Muslims will be treated as guilty until proven innocent.

  • Khushboo

    ^to keep it on topic, there might be a sign for that in Ireland. 😀

  • mike

    **attention llonwatch- tip** it appears ireland has an increasing terrorism problem. 99 bombs in a one year period. Those moozlems must be busy building bombs, right? Wrong….
    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE74B2NN20110512?irpc=932

    Mike

  • So, in the same interview he admits it is directed at the mosque and denies it?

    “It does not say what driveway. It doesn’t say ‘at the mosque’,”

    and

    “The place is too close. I don’t care what people think. It doesn’t matter what people think,” “This is a way to get answers now. I get none from the town. The intent was to catch the eye of the people who I have a problem with.”

    ‘The place’ that is located at the very next driveway is the mosque, the mosque he’s already issued a complaint about. Genius!

  • Khushboo

    ^nice gesture and great publicity for the dentist too. Smart guy!

  • sabriyah

    Being an Islamophobe just to get attention, hmmm, where have I seen that before?

  • Rob
  • Khushboo

    The sign is gone now.

  • GTS

    Al, From personal experience I can tell you that talking to this dumbass guy won’t do any good. His kind can’t be reasoned with, & they cling to their stupidity with a death grip. He’ll believe whatever he wants & will ignore anything that doesn’t fit his views.

    What needs to be done is for his other neighbors to target him.

  • khan4

    Thank you loonwatch for posting this story quickly.

    “‘It does not say what driveway. It doesn’t say ‘at the mosque’,” he said. ‘If they feel it’s at them, that’s how they feel.’”

    I hate it when people try to play it cute. He has no guts. If you’re going to post a sign on your lawn, why are you so afraid to tell people who’s it for? What a coward.

    That would be like the mosque posting a sign, “Beware of dumb white trash next door,” and then saying that there are many white people in this area, how could he feel it’s about him.

  • Syed

    Could the center put up a sign saying, “Loon habitat – next driveway” or “Bigot alley – next door”? If I was his neighbor, I would put up a 12 foot fence – just so that I would not have to see his eye-sore of a weed-infested front lawn.

    But the guy does have a valid point – nobody gives attention to a run-of-the-mill bigot nowadays. To get your 15 minutes of fame you have to do something really over-the-top.

  • Al

    If anything the current conditions in the West place Muslims in a position where they are educators, be it reluctant or not. This is an opportunity for the Dawah from the local Muslim community- some of the Masjids members could infact use the sign to engage in a dialog with the offender and perhaps dispel the “mythical” opinion of Islam he so tenaciously clings to.

  • corey

    yes instead of talking to the people at the mosque which could’ve resulted in the leaders resolving the issues you had with the mosque you had to put up a sign implying that the people at there were supplying terrorists smooth.

  • Crow

    I live Buffalo, I’ve seen the sign, and you’d have to be pretty damned dumb to think he’s not refering to the Mosque.

  • Solid Snake

    @Mindy1

    hey, name pointing, finger calling. its all the same lol

  • mindy1

    Name CALLING 😳

  • mindy1

    If it’s just a zoning dspute this is a dumb and immature way to handle it. Problems like this should not be solved via childish name pointing.

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