Well this shouldn’t be a surprise to many of our readers here at Off My Front Porch, the fact that Obama has jumped into the Islamic Mosque controversy in Murfreesboro, Tn on the side of the muslims of course.
Obama Justice Department joins the fray
in Murfreesboro, TN—on the side of Islam
In the shadows of the Election of 2010, the Obama White House is scrambling for votes—any votes. And, convinced he’s about to lose Bible Belt Tennessee to the Republicans, it appears as though the White House figures it will take whatever stragglers from Tennessee the Democrats can get. Barack Obama‘s going after the melting pot vote: the social progressives, the ethnic and cultural minorities, the union crowd and the Islamic vote in Tennessee by backing the backers of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. On Mon., Oct. 18, 2010 federal attorneys jumped into the middle of what has become a major brouhaha in Rutherford County. In fact, the brouhaha was caused by US Attorney Jerry E. Martin of Nashville who told the Nashville Tennessean that his office would not sit quietly by while opponents to the Murfreesboro mosque raised questions about the nature of Islam and, Martin said, whether or not Islam is a recognized religion. (Martin was appointed US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee by Obama on March 25, 2010. Obama, as we all know, is a champion of religious liberty in the United States providing those religious freedom rights are based on Liberation Theology or Islam. Martin‘s claim to fame before his appointment as a US Attorney? He was a major fund-raiser for Obama in 2008. Aren’t you glad we have such qualified people serving the American people?)
Thomas Perez, Assistant US Attorney General and head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told reporters on Tuesday that the DOJ’s decision to file an amicus brief to support the Murfreesboro mosque (which has already violated Tennessean health laws), was done to affirm Islam’s right as a religion. Perez noted that it was “…an action to defend a very, very important principal that this nation has fought for, which is the principle of religious liberty.” It is amazing how the social progressives can wave the flag of religious liberty and expound the virtues of the 1st Amendment except to protect Christianity and Christian values in America. Perez, like all of his political bosses in the Justice Department and the Executive Branch of government, is a hypocrite since under our increasingly totalitarian judicial system, religious liberty applies to all religions except Christianity and, increasingly, Judaism. Perez reiterated “…the Attorney General’s very strong commitment to use every tool in the Department’s law enforcement arsenal to route out intolerance.” The federal courts, up to and including the United States Supreme Court no longer reads nor applies the Bill of Rights when it considers the 1st Amendment. Instead, the federal courts have erased the 1st Amendment and replaced it with Articles 13 and 14 of the UN Covenant on Human Rights. No longer is there a presumption of an inalienable right to worship God as we please even though the 1st Amendment clearly prohibits government from restricting our right to worship God wherever and whenever we please. Under the Covenant on Human Rights, government has the right to restrict religious liberty to whomever they wish and grant that precious gift to whomever they favor. That’s how a political-theological system can be granted protection under the 1st Amendment and Christianity is denied that same protection.
The Obama-Holder Justice Department will do what it can to make it appear that what is going on in Murfreesboro is pure racism rather than a political debate. Which, of course, is the reason the DOJ Civil Rights Division is weighing in with allegations of racism and anti-religious bias.
But, when you talk to Kevin Fisher, a Murfreesboro corrections officer, a Republican running for the school board, and most of all, a Black American leading the fight to stop the mosque, he will be the first to tell you that “…this has nothing to do with racism or racial intolerance. It’s about a difference of opinion. In America, that’s okay. Religion. Race. These are just code words used to distract people from the real issues. If Home Depot was burying bodies in the water supply, I would be equally concerned.” (The reference to burying a body in the water supply stemmed from the Islamic Center burying a body on their recently purchased property—without his body being embalmed, or without being placed in a casket.. The act was done without a State permit and before a death certificate for the deceased was even issued. The body was buried in May and the death certificate was not issued until October, long after the battle for Murfreesboro had began.)
While the lawsuit filed by the Murfreesboro mosque opponents questions the right of the Muslims, under the 1st Amendment, to build the mosque, their argument is not that Islam is not a “recognized” religion, but that it is also a recognized political system that is not entitled to 1st Amendment protection. So, just as it would be hard to deny that Islam is a religion, it is equally as hard to ignore the fact that Islam is the most feared political system in the world—much more feared that communism as the height of the Soviet threat in the 1960s. Furthermore, Tennesseans are concerned that Muslims in western Tennessee will use their enhanced position to advocate for Shai’ra Law and for Shai’ra courts in that State and across the nation.
Martin filed a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in the wake of the bitter, national debate in New York over the Cordoba House Mosque, better known as the Ground Zero Mosque in lower Manhattan. While those fighting the mosque argue in a new lawsuit filed against officials in Rutherford County that the county violated their own “open meeting” law in how they granted the building permits without fair and open debate on the issue.
In another lawsuit filed by Murfreesboro lawyer Joe Brandon, Jr., opponents are attempting to block the county’s attempt to force the citizens to pay for their elected officials deception in approving the site for the Islamic Center. Further, the suit argues that county officials “acted knowingly, willfully, maliciously and with oppression and reckless and callous disregard to protect the citizens of Rutherford County…” by allowing the property to be used as a cemetery, educational-cultural teaching center (i.e., cultural brainwashing), and a Shar’ia teaching and interpretation center without requiring a new zoning classification. Brandon‘s suit was scheduled for a hearing on October 20.
Earlier testimony from former Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney outlined the dangers of Shar’ia law based on the advocacy of the Muslim Brotherhood in a report entitled “Team B.” The Muslim Brotherhood which is involved in the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque in Manhattan. The “Team B” Report is a 1991 strategy paper for the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) that was found by the FBI in a raid on a Virginia home with the arrest of an indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist-funding case. The report describes the group’s goals in the United States.
“The Ikhwan (Arabic for Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” Brandon noted that the principle conclusion of the report is that “Shar’ia” is an enemy threat to the United States because it is a totalitarian political ideology—its seditious purpose is the replacing of the US government with a Caliphate that must be differentiated from the religious practices of peaceable and law-abiding Muslims. The second finding, according to Brandon, is that Shar’ia obligates its followers to engage in “jihad” to the extent that it involves violence as we saw on 9/11. It can, he concluded, involve mass murder and great destruction.
In his testimony, Gaffney identified Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two al-Qaeda leader to Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the captured mastermind of 9/11 as trained members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Which is the basis for the argument of the Islamic Center’s opponents that the center does not meet the standards set for its designation as a religious meeting place. Gaffney’s testimony raises the specter of whether the mosque should be afforded protection under the 1st Amendment , and protection under the Religious Land Use and Act of 2000 that was enacted to protect the right of citizens to build churches within their communities without fear of discrimination from city or county governments. The Justice Department, of course, has flipflopped the law and is applying it against the people of Murfreesboro who bitterly oppose the construction of what they view as a political threat to their own religious liberty.