Monday, August 23, 2010

Illegal to Stop Mosques - RLUIPA

Hey, Republican Peter King of New York, do you have ANY idea what a hypocrite and federal law breaker you're being in trying to hinder, in any way, shape, or form, the building of a Mosque (a religious place of worship) in America, anywhere that the zoning board approves it to go? Do you have any clue how this goes against the UNANIMOUS vote in Congress (in July of 2000), to approve Orin Hatch's bill, the RLUIPA? Yes Peter King, and Lazio, and every other clueless Republican trying to cater to Idiocracy's fearful whim, Get Over it.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA, link here) passed with a unanimous vote, and is Federal Law. RLUIPA has Already been used to enforce the building of a Mosque in New Jersey, in 2006 (link here). I guess New Jersey fear mongering panderers are not as effective as New York City fear mongering panderers.

The RLUIPA states, clearly:
"(1) EQUAL TERMS- No government shall impose or implement a land use regulation in a manner that treats a religious assembly or institution on less than equal terms with a nonreligious assembly or institution.
(2) NONDISCRIMINATION- No government shall impose or implement a land use regulation that discriminates against any assembly or institution on the basis of religion or religious denomination. "

So all you myopic, fear-stoking, New York politicians, do you really want to be breaking Federal Law? Do you have no grasp of recorded history? How many blocks away would you "feel" it's appropriate to build a religious center with which you don't agree? 5 blocks, 10 blocks, another state? Jersey might take them... they already had to once. But wait, there's already several mosques and temples and places of non-Christian worship all around lower Manhattan... a 1/2 dozen of which are already "within the shadow of Ground Zero". But those haven't stirred up the hatred and fear of ignorant voters - many who are convinced all Muslims are alike.

Yeah, keep it up. Al Qaeda was having problems getting new suicide recruits with W out of office. But all of your broadcasts of fear and hate and generalized denunciations of Islam, you're getting that pipeline filled back up again. Congratulations, fools.

The next terrorist attack on the US mainland, when they round up some incompetent or 1/2 bloodied henchmen, it would not surprise me to hear him say 'we did this because Americans lie, they do NOT have religious freedom here, Americans wage war against all of Islam!' - and they'd be right, in part, considering that 34% of Fox channel watchers are still birther denialists.

At that time, we can quote Krzysztof Janczar's character Andrei Bonovia from The Hunt for Red October: (link here) "You arrogant ass. You've killed us!"

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