Allen West: The City FORCED to pay $3.25M settlement to a build mosque is NOT what really bothers me

In New Jersy in Bernards Township the will begin building a mosque that will now be subsidized by a court awarded $3.25 million settlement. It was definitely not wanted by the majority of the members of that city but there is this little factor of religious freedom that got in the way. Bernards Toenship crossed that line and violated American rights. These same rights do not exisit in Muslim nations and the contrast is stark. read the details here. 

As Written By Allen B. West:

Recently Secretary of Defense Mattis responded to an inquiry on CBS when asked about “what keeps him awake at night?” He said “nothing, I keep other people awake at night.”

If I were asked the same question I would have responded simply, “low information American voters.” One of the vital goals and responsibilities I take with this website is to challenge folks to think deeper than the surface. And of course, you can easily surmise those who prefer not to think when their comments are emotional personal attacks.

In any event, I came across this story which is very interesting and truly requires intellectual analysis. I hope the low information voters can handle it.

As reported by CNN, “An Islamic society in New Jersey is allowed to move forward with plans to build a mosque, and the town that had denied it permission will pay $3.25 million, as the result of settlements finalized Tuesday in two federal lawsuits.

The two lawsuits were the latest in a nearly four-year dispute between the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and Bernards Township, New Jersey, which had denied zoning approval for the Islamic society to build a mosque. It would have been the first and only mosque in the town, and the society bought the proposed mosque site because zoning of the land permitted houses of worship, according to court documents.

In March 2016, the Islamic society sued the town. The Department of Justice filed suit against Bernards Township in November. Monday’s settlements resolve both lawsuits, according to court documents. “Federal law requires towns to treat religious land use applications like any other land use application,” acting US Attorney for New Jersey William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “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.”

The complaint also alleged that while the Islamic society’s application was pending, the township revised its zoning code so the Islamic society application couldn’t meet the requirements. The complaints also detailed reports of intimidation and harassment in the community, noting that “fliers, social media and websites denounced the mosque and were filled with anti-Muslim bigotry and references to terrorism and the 9/11 attacks,” according to court documents. Michael Turner, spokesman for Bernards Township, said in a statement the township had entered the settlement on the advice of counsel as “represents the most effective path forward” and that the planning board’s rejection of the Islamic society’s application to build a mosque was always based on accepted land use criteria and was never discriminatory.”

Yes, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The first individual right expressed in our Bill of Rights is freedom of religion. The reason that was vital was because of what Henry the VIII had done in England, making himself Head of State and then establishing a state religion, the Church of England, thereby declaring himself Head of Church. It is there we find the basis for the concept expressed by Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Convention of “separation of church and State” — not found in any of our founding documents, by the way, and certainly not codified as any law. What Jefferson never wanted to have happen was for the State, i.e. the government, to persecute individuals for their religious beliefs and faith.

So it appears that was the basis of the lawsuit brought against Bernards Township in New Jersey. But, am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy here?

We’ve come to a point where the State defines what is faith and where it can be expressed. The State is no longer defining freedom of religion, but rather freedom of worship. I would have thought the ACLU and other individual liberty rights groups would have come to the aid of Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, or Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon. In each of these cases, it was the State defining the parameters of freedom of religion and faith, as it intersected with the political agenda of the progressive socialist left.

I must ask, why is it that we didn’t have the Department of Justice bring a lawsuit against those who sought to impose their policies regardless of individual faith in violation of their freedom? I know there will be some liberal progressive self-declared “legal” scholar — much as Obama was a self-described constitutional professor — who will come up with very nebulous wording to contradict this assertion. But, anyone with plain ol’ common sense would ask, who defines freedom of religion? Is it an individual freedom only when it serves a certain agenda? Or when it serves a certain group accepted as part of the dominating political agenda?

Consider the lawsuit brought forth by groups such as the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood cannot be denied, regarding mosque surveillance. Yet, where were the civil liberties…….

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City FORCED to pay $3.25M settlement to build mosque, but that’s NOT what bothers me – Allen B. West – AllenBWest.com

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