Justice Department sues to force mosques on small towns

Under Obama, the Department of Justice has become the Department of Jihad, suing communities around the country to force them to establish mosques within their boundaries.

While the law, with the arcane name Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, was intended to protect all religious faiths, 11 of the last 13 cases brought by the Justice Department -- including three in the last month -- have involved Muslims.

Is anyone surprised that 84% of the Justice Department's efforts have been on behalf of Islam?  How many cases have they filed to protect religious institutions who don't want to pay for abortions or accommodate gay marriage?  That would be zero.

Mr. Chaudry and some 70 fellow Muslims have been stymied for years in their quest to build a mosque on a four-acre plot of land in Basking Ridge, a genteel community here that is as proud of its old oak trees as its old homes. A year ago, after 39 public hearings in which local officials and residents picked apart every aspect of the proposed mosque, the planning board rejected the proposal, citing issues like storm water management and pedestrian safety in the parking lot.

Now, the federal Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Bernards Township, arguing that its decision violated federal law and discriminated against the applicants purely because of their Muslim faith.

Let's not bother to play the game of "Did this town discriminate against a mosque or not?"  Let's just assume that it did.

The United States Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.  But does it guarantee that people will have the right to build a house of worship wherever they wish?

Let's take it one step farther.  The Muslim faith is intolerant.  In most Muslim countries, there are zero churches.  In most Muslim countries, there are zero synagogues.  In the few Muslim countries where churches are allowed, Christians are constantly massacred, like in Egypt just the other day, when 23 were killed in a bomb attack.  Jews are not allowed to live in most Muslim countries.  Christian bibles are not even allowed in places like Saudi Arabia.

Given this, should we as a society be tolerant to a religion that is not remotely tolerant of ours?

I say no.  People who oppose mosques do for good reasons.  They don't want wailing calls to prayer in Arabic blasting out of loudspeakers five times, starting at 4 A.M.  They don't want the concentration of Muslims in their community to reach a tipping point where they become "no go" zones, where the police are afraid to go and Islamists have control.  They don't want to live in a society where the women walk around covered from head to toe like in Saudi Arabia.  That's not assimilation to our culture; that's our culture assimilating to theirs.  And that's not even getting into the subculture, which actively supports terrorism.

Given these facts, I don't really care if Bernards Township has a problem with storm drainage or parking associated with a mosque or a problem with a mosque itself.  The people wishing to establish a mosque should reapply after their coreligionists show the same tolerance to other religions that they are asking for themselves.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at NewsMachete.com.