The Left is pretty slippery.
They are trying to dodge a bullet.
And it appears that they accomplished their goal. The Left fired back at a constitutional right.
If you open an article on the Thomas More Law Center’s website, in Bernards Township, New Jersey, you can see that town executive lately gave permission for the construction of an Islamic mosque with a creepy law guiding the project. I can’t believe my eyes.
A federal judge dictated that local citizens of Bernards Township are banned to talk about Islam or Muslims in the public hearing about mosque’s foundation. This is not right. The federal judge is clearly violating the First Amendment right. People are denied their right to talk freely without any boundaries.
The decision was the outcome of a very delicate controversy in the precinct. Islamic Society of North America opened a trial in New Jersey Federal District Court recently last year when the creation of the mosque wasn’t authorized by the city officials.
NBC News reports, the city denied approval for construction because the area intended for the mosque wouldn’t be big enough to provide the required parking. The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge started a case declaring religious discrimination the city and local citizens.
The Department of Justice filed a counter lawsuit, city executives quickly changed their mind and lowered the required parking spots from 107 all the way down to 50. Bernards Township negotiated and gave $3.25 million to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge.
William E. Fitzpatrick a famous US attorney responded after the agreement, “Bernards Township made decisions that treated the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge differently than other houses of worship. The settlement announced today corrects those decisions and ensures that members of this religious community have the same ability to practice their faith as all other religions.”
I am fully aware that extremists yelling their opinions in a public hearing doesn’t profit anyone, and disturbs actual debate on the mosque’s development, but taking away the freedom of speech is not the way to solve this problem. Thomas More Law Center was forced to file a lawsuit of discrimination against the city. The people that filed the lawsuit claim such a decision not only violates the constitutional rights of local citizens but also shows inequity to the Islamic people that live in the city.
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