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‘What Kind of America?’ Hate Filled Rally to Stop Mosque

The Sheepshead Bay Mosque is the center of a lot of controversy and the scene of some terrible anti-Muslim demagoguery. If you remember Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have put their weight behind residents who oppose the mosque, is it a coincidence then that the rallies against the mosque are so hate filled?

It is quite revealing, as one resident, a self-proclaimed ex-Israeli soldier has threatened to blow the mosque up and kill Muslims.

Read the excellent expose.

‘What kind of America’? Hate-filled rally to stop mosque

By Thomas Tracy
The Brooklyn Paper

Opponents of a proposed mosque on Voorhies Avenue rallied on Sunday, with some specifically saying that the house of worship would bring terrorists to Sheepshead Bay.

If they build it, they will bomb.

Angry Sheepshead Bay residents came out in a show of force on Sunday to protest a planned mosque and Muslim community center in their neighborhood.

“If they build a mosque there, I’m going to bomb the mosque,” said one outraged resident who lives across the street from the proposed house of worship between East 28th and East 29th streets on Voorhies Avenue. The resident, who refused to give his name, identified himself as a former Israeli soldier who had lived on Voorhies Avenue for eight years.

“I will give them a lot of trouble,” he added. “They’re not going to stay here alive.”

Such comments were certainly the most violent, though intolerance was common at the rally, which was organized by the group Bay People. Political correctness was shoved aside as members of the group put out its agenda: We don’t want a mosque here.

There was plenty of lip service paid to concerns about added traffic and noise, with rally organizers saying that they were not “anti-Arab or anti-Muslim,” but the stench of hate filled the air, sometimes with subtle language.

“We cannot tolerate foreign interests coming into our backyard telling us what we are going to do,” said speaker Bob Giovinazzi. “It’s hot today, but things are going to get a lot hotter for people in this illegal structure.”

One of the organizers claimed that the mosque protest was simply about “this specific location and a specific organization [and its] impact on our quality of life.” The organizer, who only gave his surname, Kleinman, added, “We are not against our Muslim neighbors. This is a residential community and we want to preserve it regardless of race and religion.”

But other organizers claimed that the mosque’s builders, the Muslim American Society, has ties to Hamas and Hezbollah. Though few actual links were revealed at the rally, that didn’t stop the venom.

“New York is not Islamabad,” screamed one protestor. Diana, a nurse who refused to give her full name, told those in attendence, “Do not forget 9-11!”

Voorhies Avenue resident Victor Benari further whipped up the audience by adding, “Each Muslim terrorist is tied to a mosque.”

He also took pot shots at Ahmed Allowey, the longtime Sheepshead Bay resident who is bringing the mosque to Voorhies Avenue, along with local politicians who have remained mum on this divisive issue.

None were present to defend themselves, although Benari’s diatribe infuriated local resident Guseyn Ibragimov.

“What right do you have to deny people a place of worship?” asked Ibragimov, whose father is a Muslim. His mother is half-Jewish, half-Christian. “No one protests a church or a synagogue being built in a Muslim neighborhood.”

Rally attendees booed Ibragimov down, ordering him to get off their street.

“This isn’t right, they’re just showing their hate,” Ibragimov said as he stormed off. “They call themselves Americans, but what kind of America is this?”

©2010 Community Newspaper Group

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  • leciat

    you all jump all over lawerence for pointing out the abuse of minorities in the muslim world and tell him to “So kindly shut yer trap and spare us your hate speech and incitation to murder and genocide.” yet no one has a word to say to morris Wise who is advocating the stoning of women? and then you wonder why we don’t trust you?

  • http://googlemail lawrence

    @RIGHT WING SMEARS;The hideous blasphemy laws were introduced in Pakistan by Gen.Zia -Ul-Haq,which have been relentlessly used by the Muslims mainly against the Christian Minority.There is no such thing as a secular Muslim.Do you consider yourself as a secular Muslim?Islam is like a one legged stool,supported by the only leg of BLASPHEMY LAWS.Once you remove that leg,it would collapse.Justice Bhatti,gave a decision in favour of a few Christians,who were falsley accused of blasphemy.The poor judge had to pay the price with his life.He was shot dead in the high court chambers in Lahore.I do not think such news concern the Muslims because justice is not in their blood.

  • Abdulmajid

    And another thing, lawrence, in Pakistan these things may happen, as Right Wing Smears say, because of lad grab. Well, teh Bosnian War is also nt about religion, it’s about land grab, but the Bosnian Serbs had a premeditated plan to exterminate the Bosniaks, a joint criminal enterprise to take over their land, nobody has such a plan in Pakistan! So kindly shut yer trap and spare us your hate speech and incitation to murder and genocide.

  • iSherif

    Longtime LoonWatcher, Stephen G. Parker, lets rip at the ‘phobes with a cracking article:

    http://mystic444.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/of-mosques-and-men/

  • Abdulmajid

    Actually Islamophobia is another name for fascism.
    I would dismiss lawrence and those of his ilk as pathetic cranks or just plain kooks, were it not that their vaunted “critcism of Islam” is nothing but HATE SPEECH that is meant to induce to MURDER and GENOCIDE.
    Find out who that individual is and watch him closely, that’s what I ‘d recommend.
    In the end such people act like mad dogs and should be dealt with like mad dogs.

  • http://mondoweiss.net Right Wing Smears

    Lawrence, can you make it a habit to bring RESPECTABLE sources for your news.

    Are you aware that in Pakistan, the people who abuse the blasphemy laws are usually secular, they abuse the law, simply because it is there, usually to settle land disputes or other disputes.

    Next you complain bring a source

  • my father

    thanks lawrence for a fine demonstration of your very ‘Christian tolerance’….seriously though, I fail to see why you even bother posting. If we really wanted to read semi-literate rants by pathetic rats like yourself we’d just skip over to JW….:P

  • morris Wise

    If stoning to death of adulterous women were permitted in the US, there would be a shortage of stones. In a survey of 100 American married women an alpha man seduced 75% of them. The others refused the invitation for undisclosed reasons, it might have been because they were lesbians. Iranian men understand the nature of married women, the fear of stoning has made the adulteress a rarity.

  • marco

    the only bigotry and racism that is still tolerated is the type against arabs/muslims

    A man makes death threats and isn’t punished for it. But still…i’m sure it’d be very easy for police to track him down…how many ex-israeli soldiers have lived in that area for 8 years?

  • Ian Gould

    “Each Muslim terrorist is tied to a mosque.”

    By this same logic, of course, every Christian murderer, pedophile, rapist and drug dealer is tied to a church.

  • http://googlemail lawrence

    America should turn into the country like HOLY SAUDI ARABIA.NO Mosques allowed.Qurans forbidden entry.No beards or skull caps allowed.Burqas and Hijabs made illegal.Freedom is only for human beings,NOT suitable for Muslims.How much freedom,the Muslims give to Christians in Pakistan under BLASPHEMY LAWS.They can not even breath without fear.Look at EGYPT,which persecutes Christians day and night.The Muslims rape the Christian women to humiliate them and forcibly convert them to the cult of Islam and burn their Churches.The Mosques are not the places of worship but centres of TERRORISM.Ban the Mosques completely to avoid future terrorism in the WEST.No more MUSLIM IMMIGRATION.Islam is another name for fascism.

  • Thiagan

    See what a muslim UK leader exhorting the believers in Australia. Perhaps Americans feel the same away. It is perception and that is created by your conduct.

    “British Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Burhan Hanif told participants at a conference in western Sydney yesterday that democracy is “haram” (forbidden) for Muslims, whose political engagement should be be based purely on Islamic law.

    “We must adhere to Islam and Islam alone,” Mr Hanif told about 500 participants attending the convention in Lidcombe.

    “We should not be conned or succumb to the disingenuous and flawed narrative that the only way to engage politically is through the secular democratic process. It is prohibited and haram.”

    He said democracy was incompatible with Islam because the Koran insisted Allah was the sole lawmaker, and Muslim political involvement could not be based on “secular and erroneous concepts such as democracy and freedom”.

  • froger29

    One of these clowns (now assumed terrorist) threatened to bomb the mosque and the anti-terrorism squand showed up at his door….hahah don’t you love the irony. Tea Baggers are the real terrorists to this country:

    http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/28/bn_tt_mosquebomber_2010_07_09_bk.html

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  • froger29

    Let’s just hope the mosque hires armed guards to prevent these whack-jobs from harming anyone and protecting the property.

  • Les

    And these people think they are freedom lovers?

    In other news, right-wing morons who know nothing of history or science are having a fit over NASA administrator interview with Al Jazeera and the “Muslim outreach” policy of NASA.

    http://firedoglake.com/2010/07/07/jonah-goldberg-sees-nazism-behind-nasa-administrator%E2%80%99s-outreach-to-muslims/

  • http://www.yellow-stars.com eslaporte

    Hate is in vogue again – and hate hasn’t been this much fun for the Red Necks since the 1950s. They were forced to have well policed Nazi Party marches after the Civil Rights Movement~ Instead of blacks and Jews – its now Muslims – and its mostly acceptable. America shows tolerence for intolerence!

    On the other hand, I hate these people showing up at rallies with American flags, claiming to be “patriots” in an effort to undermine the freedom of religion!

  • Abdulmajid

    This is a racist betrayal for everytghing America stood for in WWII.

  • Abdulmajid

    This is not the America I have learned to love and cherish. I can only hope that the true American spirit will overcome this fascism.
    But such hateful people should not wonder if they get more hate in return.

  • mindy1

    Ibragimov is right, let’s hope we can compromise and settle this peacefully

  • Biz

    It has become a sad America that has forgotten the lessons of her past. Hate only begets hate. I am sad that most of these people would call themselves Christians but they have forgotten Christians are suppose to Love Thy Neighbor.

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