Above: Recent pic of the Muslim Brotherhood mega-mosque going up on a quiet residential street in Brooklyn. Look at the scale of the construction. (hat tip Lenny)
Voorhies Avenue -- pretty, small attached homes line the quiet street. The MAS mega mosque will tower across the street.
Once again we see politicians and various government agencies caving to the Islamic supremacist demands for special accommodations. If a giant Wal-Mart or Lowes or a synagogue or a church proposed building an out-of-all-proportion store or structure on a quiet residential street, it would never get past zoning or building codes. But when it comes to a mosque, all bets are off.
And when a town or a city does enforce its zoning and building code laws, you can expect Obama's Department of Justice to enforce the sharia and sue the city or town. Americans face an uphill battle. Take, for example, the denial of a monster mosque proposed in California:
The Justice Department is launching an inquiry into the decision of a Los Angeles suburb to deny a local mosque’s planned expansion.
Federal officials are looking into whether or not Lomita, California city council members violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act when they rejected the construction plans almost two years ago, according to the Daily Breeze, a local newspaper.
City Attorney Christ Hogin told the newspaper that the investigation started in July.
The city council denied that religion played a role in their decision, which they said was influenced by concerns over traffic and parking.
But the mosque’s supporters say that the city’s planning commission and municipal staff had recommended that the plans — to build a two- story building to replace eight aging buildings on the one acre lot — be approved, and that a study had found the expansion would have no effect on traffic patterns.
The mosque’s supporters contend that anti-Muslim sentiment informed the city council’s decision to reject the proposal.
And when Justice Department officials read a May 2010 Los Angeles Times blog post which reported that members of the Mosque felt discriminated against, they decided to launch their investigation, according to the Daily Breeze.
“I believe the city’s denial of the rezoning has constituted a substantial burden on the mosque community to practice their religion,” said Ameena Qazi, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations who is representing the mosque.
Businesses and houses of worship get denied all the time. But when it comes to rabats (beachheads to expand the Muslim Brotherhood project), our laws go out the window and sharia is imposed.
The tough, scappy patriots fighting the mega-mosque in Sheeshead Bay have the political and bureaucratic forces working very much against them. The idea that a giant mosque is being erected on that quiet little residential street is outrageous. Their neighborhood residents' issues with the mega-mosque are as follows:
- It will disrupt our quiet residential way of life.
- Additional foot and car traffic will indanger children attending public school, located across the street.
- Mosque traffic will negatively affect both drivers and pedestrians living in the area.
- Calls to prayer five times a day will destroy the quality of life most people residing here are accustom to.
- Dozens and hundreds of people congregating at the facility every single day will create unbearable noise as they enter and leave the premises.
- Developers refuse to accommodate for parking spaces- lying to DOB about total occupancy during prayer times, constantly changing the floor plans whenever community asks questions.
- Members of the community are accused of being racists, terrorists, and bigots simply for trying to defend our rights.
- The ill-conceived project is moving forward, helped by the constant lying and manipulation of plans and permits, and despite multiple fines (to date more than $30,000), violations, and creating false statements in court documents. So far there are 23 complaints, 21 ECB violations, 1 DOB violation, and 1 OSHA violation, 2 full stop work orders, which were ignored until the foundation was completed.
- Our concerns have been brought to city officials and government departments, but hardly anyone has seriously listened or met with us to help us stop this construction, preserve our quality of life and protect our real estate values. Our politicians need our votes but time and time again hide behind political correctness when the community needs them.
- Residents are very concerned with who is backing this construction financially. We know that MAS is in charge of overlooking the project. We have questions and concerns that are not being answered by the other side.
The mosque's contractor continues to violate the NYC Building Code, in addition to the DOT and OSHA violations. Obtaining a DOT permit is just a joke for the contractors, and the Building Department continues to look other way. Special rules for a "special" class.
And the mega-mosque lawyer is the notorious Jew-hater, agitator and jihad fixer, Lamis Deek, who is also representing Ahmed Ferhani in his trial for a jihad plot to blow up a synagogue. Read more on her here at The American Thinker. Deek has also been affiliated with the radical organization Al-Awda. Al-Awda has been named one of the top ten anti-Israel groups in the country, and made the initial list of Threats to Freedom groups compiled by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) -- you can find the full threat list and strategies to fight mega-mosques in your neighborhood in my book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.
Opponents of Sheepshead Bay mosque lose BSA appeal The Real DealA group of Sheepshead Bay residents who claim that a planned mosque is using a zoning loophole to skirt parking requirements lost their latest attempt to halt the controversial project, after the Board of Standards and Appeals unanimously rejected their claims today.
Though it hasn't attracted as much attention as Park 51 [Ground Zero Mosque] , the Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, the mosque planned for 2812 Voorhies Avenue, on a residential block between East 28th and East 29th streets, has inspired protests, a lawsuit and challenges before the Department of Buildings.
Bay People, an organization formed to oppose the project, claims the mosque will increase traffic and noise in the neighborhood, decreasing property values. But the group has also come under fire for what is seen as its anti-Muslim bias.
In several DOB complaints lodged earlier this year, Bay People contended that the mosque, which is affiliated with the non-profit Muslim American Society, must provide on-site parking because of the number of worshippers expected at the property.
But DOB, which had already approved the project, shot down the challenges, finding the mosque would comply with zoning rules. The BSA voted 5-0 to affirm DOB today and is expected to issue a written decision shortly, according to Howard Goldman, a land-use attorney who represented Bay People.
Goldman said the decision would have an impact across the city, allowing any house of worship to design prayer rooms in such a way to avoid providing parking. "Any house of worship can now follow this ruling," Goldman said, adding, "It may require that there be an amendment to the zoning resolution to eliminate this loophole."
Developer Allowey Ahmed bought the property -- comprised of a vacant lot and a lot with a single-family home -- for $800,000 in 2007, from a couple who had owned there since 1974, according to city property records. Last October, he got the green light from DOB to erect a three-story brick building, with a 2,465 square foot structure on a 4,500-square-foot lot, department records show.
This massive structure will overwhelm this quiet residential street.
For Bay People, the sticking point is the way the mosque's proposed worship rooms are divided into two separate spaces: a 138-person main assembly room on the first floor and a 75-person secondary room overlooking the main space, according to plans submitted to DOB. (Goldman believes the second space is intended as a prayer room for women.)
New York's zoning code requires that houses of worship -- mosques, churches, synagogues, or otherwise -- provide one parking space for every 15 occupants of a site's largest assembly room, or 9.2 parking spaces in the case of the Sheepshead Bay mosque. But facilities that are required to provide fewer than ten spaces are, in fact, exempt from the parking obligations altogether.
The Bay People argue that the mosque developers designed the assembly rooms, which they say are meant to be used simultaneously for prayers, to evade the parking regulation. "They manipulated the size of the men's worship room [the main room] to come just under the number that would require any parking at all," Goldman said, "and I think that was very intentional."
If the rooms were counted as a single assembly hall for zoning purposes, he said, the mosque would be required to provide 20 parking spaces, cutting into the size of the building.
But Lamis Deek, an attorney for the developers, said the wall between the rooms was a permanent partition required by fire regulations. "This is a real pulling at straws," she said. (The construction manager on the project declined to comment without speaking with Deek first.)
This is not the only front where Bay People are fighting the mosque.
In February, they filed a nuisance claim in New York state court seeking to block the project. The developers fired back with counterclaims for malicious prosecution, defamation and abuse of process, seeking at least $56,000, plus punitive and other damages.
In September, Kings County Supreme Court Judge Mark Partnow dismissed both filings, but Deek said that both parties have appealed.
Bay People has maintained that they do not oppose the project on xenophobic grounds, but Deek said the organization had launched a campaign to persuade city officials that the mosque would act as a terrorist recruitment center. "When that failed, they then attempted to mask their initial intent … with what they knew to be a frivolous legal claim," she said.
Goldman declined to discuss the issue, saying it was irrelevant to the BSA case, but he maintained that the lack of parking spots would cause significant congestion on the block.
The public face of the Muslim Brotherhood, the MAS (Muslim American Society), is going forward with the mega-mosque on a small, quiet residential street in Sheepshead Bay. The huge and well-funded Islamic machine is steam rolling over the victims in the community.
They wield talk of tolerance and multi-culturalism like clubs to suppress free speech (show me one Islamic country that is tolerant of anyone or anything). They ignore the legitimate concerns of the community while crying racism (Islamic supremacism is not a race).
"It should be us, with our understanding of Islam, our principles, colonizing the United States of America." So said Tariq Ramadan, leading Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University and respected by the ummah and leftist shills, in Texas recently.
According to the most recent and comprehensive study, the empirical evidence showed an overwhelming number of American mosques teach, advance, promote violent jihad as dictated by Islamic teaching. What will this Muslim Brotherhood mosque bring to Voorhies Avenue? We demand that local government officials listen to their constituency and keep the neighborhood residential. This rabat is illegal.
The Muslim American Society (MAS), from Discover the Networks:
MAS's mission is to promote "Islam as a total way of life"; to “encourage the participation of Muslims in building a virtuous and moral society”; to “offer a viable Islamic alternative to many of our society’s prevailing problems”; to “promote family values in accordance with Islamic teaching”; to “promote the human values that Islam emphasizes: brotherhood, equality, justice, mercy, compassion, and peace”; and to “foster unity among Muslims and Muslim organizations and encourage cooperation and coordination amongst them.” MAS identifies the Muslim Students Association and the Islamic Society of North America as Muslim organizations that are rooted in the same “Islamic revival movement” as MAS.
In May 2005, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reported in The Weekly Standard that MAS is a U.S. front group for the Muslim Brotherhood -- a claim supported by a September 19, 2004 Chicago Tribune story that stated: “In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.” This Tribune article was later reproduced on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, Ikhwanweb.
MAS, like the Muslim Brotherhood, wishes to see the United States governed by sharia, or Islamic law. "The message that all countries should be ruled by Islamic law," writes Gartenstein-Ross, "is echoed throughout MAS's membership curriculum. For example, MAS requires all its adjunct members to read Fathi Yakun's book To Be a Muslim. In that volume, Yakun spells out his expansive agenda: 'Until the nations of the world have functionally Islamic governments, every individual who is careless or lazy in working for Islam is sinful.'"
MAS's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood were confirmed on August 14, 2007, as The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported:
"As the terror-support trial of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) continued today, FBI agent Lara Burns testified that a phonebook found at the home of Ismail Elbarrasse -- un-indicted co-conspirator and former assistant to HAMAS leader Musa Abu Marzook -- listed the names and numbers of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the United States. On the first page of the phonebook under the title ‘Members of the Board of Directors’ were fifteen names. Among those names are Ahmad Elkadi, Jamal Badawi, and Omar Soubani: the founding incorporators of the Muslim American Society (MAS)."
The Investigative Project continued:
"This evidence confirms ... Matthew Levitt’s expert testimony that MAS is the representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, and is substantiated by a  Chicago Tribune article that outlined the history of MAS.
"Ahmad Elkadi, who told the Chicago Tribune that he was the leader of the Brotherhood in the U.S. from 1984-1994, worked with Mohammed Mahdi Akef, head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood since 2003, to advocate for the founding of MAS. According to the Tribune report, Akef and Elkadi pushed for more openness for the Muslim Brotherhood through MAS. Akef himself ‘says he helped found MAS by lobbying for the change during trips to the U.S.’
“In fact, MAS does not deny its Muslim Brotherhood foundations. In 2004, then-Secretary General of MAS Shaker Elsayed stated to the Tribune that ‘Ikhwan [Brotherhood] members founded MAS…’ Elsayed even went so far as to admit that about 45 percent of MAS’s active members belong to the Brotherhood. Federal officials have confirmed this, noting continued ties between MAS and the Muslim Brotherhood."
MAS is described by Stephen Schwartz, author of The Two Faces of Islam, as "a major component" of the "Wahhabi Lobby" that channels money from and advances the policies of Muslim-fundamentalist Saudi Arabia.
MAS publishes The American Muslim magazine. In a July 2003 article titled "Reaching the Roots of Terrorism," author Omer bin Abdullah blames America's "forceful" foreign policy for having provoked the 9/11 attacks. "Terrorism enables the weak to confront the strong,” he writes, “and thus has an enduring appeal to those who are dissatisfied with the status quo. … Its causes usually can be traced to political oppression, cultural domination, economic exploitation, ethnic discrimination, and religious persecution. … The U.S. has placed itself in a corner: It insists that other governments stop, prevent, and even help it to fight terrorism, and yet arms such practitioners of state terrorism as Tel Aviv. Today, terrorism refers to those whom the U.S. dislikes, especially Muslims.”