Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mosque Wars In So Cal

Most people across the United States have a general knowledge of a war of words between those that want to build an Islamic mosque at the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

But right here in rural So Cal, there is a another version of what I can only call Mosque Wars.

Members of the Islamic community in Temecula/Murietta California want to move out of their warehouse mosque into a new one that they want to build on a pretty large swath of land in Temecula.

In and of itself, I have no problem with Islamic believers wanting to pray in an actual mosque rather in a rented warehouse. Many Christians and Jewish believers would feel the same way.

But, it is what happens in a mosque that should have people concerned about what the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley could be preaching or teaching.

Yes, the current mosque has been around for 10 years. Yes, it is inconspicuous, so people more than likely do not even give it a second thought that there is a mosque in town. And because of that, people do not give a thought to what maybe going on in there.

But, what they want to build will be rather large when there are currently about 150 practicing Islamic people in the whole valley area. An area of about 250,000 people.

The above photo shows what the new mosque would look like. It would start off as a 4,100 square-foot mosque and eventually be almost 25,000 square-feet. That clearly is for the hoards of Islamics that the Islamic Center hope to have attend the new mosque.

The opposition is being led by Pastor Bill Rench of Calvary Baptist Church. One comment that Pastor Bill made is, regrettably, correct:

The pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, just across a cul-de-sac from the site of the mosque, said the two religions "mix like oil and water"

Just ask Coptic Christians in Egypt. Or Christians in Saudi Arabia. Oops! My bad. There are NO Christians in Saudi Arabia. They are banned with any other religion that is not Islamic. The pastor is correct.

Now, one way that the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley can diffuse the potential problem is to be in the forefront in condemning the radical elements of Islam. These Islamics must stand for the rights of women. They must stand for religious freedom and tolerance. They must say unequivocally NO to terrorists that act in the name of Islam.

But I believe that they will play the victim rather than be proactive in gaining community support.

The area that this mosque is being proposed is conservative and a place that strongly attracts Evangelical Christians. If you look at the mosque, it would serve as a reminder that Islam believes that they are on the rise. It is a large undertaking for a minuscule faith community.

This little version of Mosque Wars does not have the emotional element of the 9/11 mosque proposal. But it is an indicator of many more skirmishes that will not go away anytime soon.


Anonymous said...

The muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture onus. I reject them and this is not only my duty toward my culture - it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization - Oriana Fallaci, from her brilliant book by a brave lady who predicted Eurabia
A must read "The Rage And The Pride"

Arnie said...

Sorry Islamics...

hate to throw everyone into the same mix but the secret is out.

There are those of the Muslim faith that are quite comfortable in telling you what they think you want to hear. The problem there are many credible reports that some of these Muslims are at the same time plotting our destruction.

While it is against the Muslim faith to lie it is also quite proper and permissible for Muslims to lie to the infidel in order to accomplish Islamic world domination.

So you be the judge as to who you trust.