Mefferd: You had talked about the necessity of repealing the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, I guess this is what Holder is using to pressure this Virginia board of supervisors to approve this mega-mosque, what is this Act and why is it necessary?
Geller: It’s not necessary, frankly. I urge the repeal of this Act. I’m not sure who it was, I could have it wrong, I don’t know if it was Orrin Hatch, this is not a finger pointing kind of a thing, it’s more ‘the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.’ It was unnecessary, it was an idea that there should be no religious persecution of houses of worship and so on and so forth, and that was all well and good, but it’s become a weapon in which to club small towns and cities.
Look, no one is saying that you can’t build a mosque, even with the Ground Zero Mosque; there are hundreds of mosques in New York City, we know there are thousands of mosques nationwide, but these giant structures, they completely change the complexion of a town. It could be a small town, residential. I’m telling you I have seen it time and time again, irrecognizable three to five years later. The call to prayer, the parking, hundreds of people. Again, there is an element of dishonesty here because as you know in Islam they got on their knees so you don’t count a chair with that. But it’s important because it’s a way of circumventing the rules, you can’t say ‘it seats 500 or it seats whatever.’ It’s not just freedom of religion here in America, it’s also freedom from religion here in America.
Pamela Geller, Right Wing Watch 35 Comments
[6/25/2012 3:25:45 AM]
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Submitted By: Zagen30
I agree that towns and city neighborhoods should be able to deny building permits for any structure that violates pre-existing statutes, causes noise pollution, traffic problems, etc. But those are zoning and land use issues, and have nothing to do with religion. I just don't believe that there are Islamic congregations seeking to build super-mosques in small towns.
"you can’t say ‘it seats 500 or it seats whatever."
Bullshit. Most laws say "maximum occupancy."
6/25/2012 4:16:14 PM
It's a good thing we have people like Geller around to catch these insidious attempts to... um... lie to the fire marshal about how many people you're going to have at a service? Fudge their building permits a little?
I mean, they shouldn't get out of county ordinances for religious reasons (they should have to bribe the inspector like everybody else), but it seems like kind of a petty thing to be worried about.
It's almost like there's some secret reason people have for wanting to shut this project down that they can't admit to in public. I wonder what it could be?
6/25/2012 4:50:07 PM
From an aesthetics point of view, mosques tend to be very beautiful buildings.
You, Ms. Geller, are a poophead.
NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE WAHABI NUTS! SEPARATE THE GOOD FROM THE BAD IN ANY FAITH GROUP, ETHNICITY, CULTURE, OR WHATEVER.....YOU DIPWAD!!!
6/25/2012 5:35:17 PM
blah blah blah Freedom from Religion!
Absolutely!! I choose to ignore everything else you said.
6/25/2012 9:20:53 PM
"no one is saying that you can’t build a mosque"
That's exactly what you're saying.
6/25/2012 11:09:22 PM
It seems like this happens every time Ms. Geller gets quoted......
Pamela Geller is a good example of why religion, and not just Christianity, is the problem.
6/26/2012 5:58:59 AM
If you mean all religions I agree but you probably only mean Islam. Hypocrite
6/26/2012 9:12:44 AM
Translation: "Ban every religion but mine!!11"
Seriously, why must religions be so greedy?
6/26/2012 7:03:09 PM
There. Is. No. Ground. Zero. Mosque. It was an Islamic community center built in a damn abandoned Burlington Coat Factory blocks away. You know what else is about that distance away? A strip club.
Oh, and freedom of religion does not mean freedom of certain religions. It means freedom of any religion or no religion at all.
6/28/2012 7:02:09 PM
"It’s not just freedom of religion here in America, it’s also freedom from religion here in America. ..."
oh the irony
7/1/2012 3:58:38 AM