New York state senator renews baseless attack on Brooklyn mosque

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Romney and Rosen An anti-mosque placard in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (Photo via Islamophobia-Watch.com)

A planned mosque and community center in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn has come under renewed attack from a New York state senator–the latest salvo in what has been a failed effort to stop the construction of a mosque to serve the local Muslim community. Construction on the mosque continues, and has cleared all the hurdles that have been put up by residents and anti-Muslim activists.

Last week, Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald reported on Republican state Senator David Storobin’s opposition to the mosque. Storobin, who represents Sheepshead Bay and other Brooklyn neighborhoods like Brighton Beach, is in a re-election battle after winning a special election in March. Storobin won his seat on the strength of the conservative, Orthodox Jewish vote, and now New York political hands note that Storobin is pandering to his base. Storobin is himself a Russian Jew who immigrated to the US.

Storobin sent a letter last week to Mayor Michael Bloomberg–a meaningless one, since Bloomberg does not have jurisdiction over what gets constructed in Brooklyn–that was pure fear-mongering. After ticking off the community’s concerns over zoning laws and parking, Storobin claims:

The residents are also concerned with who is backing this construction, saying that there is evidence that MAS (Muslim American Society), the organization that is in charge of overlooking the project, has links to radical organizations, and been under numerous investigations by federal authorities due to their alleged support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

While the claims were false, Storobin’s letter echoed the rhetoric of opponents of the mosque and community center. Storobin’s office did not return a request for comment on this story.

Other politicians, like Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, have also expressed concerns about the mosque, though Markowitz only questioned whether the mosque violates zoning laws.

“We’re really shocked that some politicians still want to play politics with religious freedom. Religious freedom should never be a political issue,” said Allowey Ahmed, a Yemeni-American Sheepshead Bay resident and the owner of the property where the mosque is to be built. In a phone interview, Ahmed noted that there are synagogues and churches nearby to where the mosque is being built, and that they have had no problems with neighbors.

Since 2010, as opposition to mosques intensified and caught nationwide media attention, a group called Bay People Inc. has organized against the Muslim community center and mosque in Sheepshead Bay, which when completed will also include English as a second language and computer classes. Bay People Inc. is a small group that has 15 active members, half of whom are Russian Jews who immigrated from the Soviet Union, according to the Jewish Daily Forward. The group has held rallies with the likes of Pamela Geller and the anti-Muslim Brooklyn Tea Party.

While Bay People Inc.’s opposition is couched in neighborhood concerns–parking, traffic and noise–they have also taken to worrying about “neighborhood character.” “The neighborhood residents are mostly of Italian/Russian/Jewish/Irish decent and will not benefit from having a mosque and a Muslim community center,” Bay People states on their website. “[The] Muslim American Society came out of Muslim Brotherhood and is still associated with the Brotherhood, sharing ideology, goals, leaders and members. We are sure you are aware of the Brotherhood’s fundamentalist views, as well as its anti-American, anti-Semitic and World dominance ideas.”

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation disagrees. After Rep. Michael McMahon, a New York Democrat, inquired about MAS to the FBI concerning a different mosque in Staten Island that MAS was involved with, the FBI told him there was nothing to see. “They gave me no indication whatsoever that the Muslim American Society is affiliated with any organization that threatens our national security,” McMahon wrote in a letter.

The facts about MAS have not stopped Islamophobes from targeting the mosque, though. One anti-mosque protester told a Brooklyn newspaper in 2010: “If they build a mosque there, I’m going to bomb the mosque.” The newspaper reported that the person who said that, who would not give his name, “identified himself as a former Israeli soldier.” And after Osama bin Laden’s death, the walls surrounding the lot where the mosque is being built were vandalized.

Despite the vitriolic opposition, though, mosque construction continues. Bay People Inc.’s concerns about zoning have been heard in the courts and have been tossed out.

The continued attacks on the mosque have not fazed Ahmed, who hopes that the mosque, built on the strength of local fundraising, will be completed by the end of the year.

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  1. Avi_G.
    August 2, 2012, 11:12 am

    It sounds like Storobin has perfected the art of hackjobbery.

  2. American
    August 2, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Storobin should worry more about his fellow Russian immigrants activities and less about Muslim terrorism.
    This is what we got for our 10 billion to Israel to resettle Russian Jews:….just like Cuba did, Russia opened it’s prisons and sent them to Israel and the US. Two perfect examples of the ramifications of ethnic minority politics in the US. They have siphoned off billions in tax frauds in the US in addition to their other criminal activity.

    link to americanmafia.com

    Russian Jewish
    Organized Crime

    By Mike La Sorte, Professor Emeritus

    ——————————————————————————–

    Mike La Sorte is a professor emeritus (SUNY) and writes extensively on a variety of subjects

    “Nobody takes the Russian Jewish mob seriously,” said a NYPD detective. “The lack of interest of law enforcement has given them time to grow.” A major roadblock was the super sensitivity to the Jewish aspect of émigré crime. The Jewish leaders worried that the resulting negative publicity from acknowledging the existence of Russian Jewish mobsters, of which there were an estimated 5000 in the New York metro region, would foster a wave of anti-Semitism.”

    Louis Freeh, head of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said recently the Russian mafia was the greatest threat to US national security —although he later withdrew this comment.

    The Mafiya dominates Russia, and has Eastern Europe in a bear hug. It is also turning Western Europe into its financial satrapy, and the Caribbean and Latin America have quickly become sandy playpens for coke and weapons’ deals with Colombian drug lords. There are few nations where the Russian mob does not hold some influence, making efforts to combat it ever more difficult.” (R.I. Friedman, 2000)

    The Odessa Mafia – The most prominent and dominant Russian criminal group operating in the US; its headquarter is in Brighton Beach.
    Russian Organized Crime”. fas.org. link to fas.org. Retrieved July 18, 2012

    How Russia’s mafia is taking over Israel’s underworld
    link to news.bbc.co.uk

    WikiLeaks: U.S. worried Israel becoming ‘the promised land’ for organized crime
    U.S. Embassy follows Israeli crime families closely and considers them a serious threat, cable shows.
    The cable, under the headline “Israel, a promised land for organized crime?” notes that the U.S. Embassy was following Israeli crime families closely and considered them a serious threat to the United States.
    link to haaretz.com

    And if anyone wants to know which politicians consorted with and did favors for this mafia in exhange for money just as they do with Israel supporters—it’s in this book by Friedman.
    link to amazon.com

    The only bigger organized crime group than the Russian one now is the US government…it’s a true international mafia.

    • ColinWright
      August 2, 2012, 3:13 pm

      Okay now. To what extent are Russian gangs in the US Jewish?

      At the moment, this is remarkably similar to the rhetoric surrounding Communism. I’d just like to get a handle on it. I don’t particularly want to find myself clinging to total denial if 50% of all Russian gangsters are in fact Jewish — but neither do I want to find myself half-way to believing some anti-semitic fantasy if only 5% of them are.

      So how’s about starting with a reasonably accurate figure from a credible source?

      • Abuadam
        August 2, 2012, 6:00 pm

        From my govt. experience, if they are Jewish, they are in name only. It was obvious, they used the “Jewish” part as a “sympathy” card to emigrate to the US. Later as I was to discover, and as a RCMP inspector told me, “these people are geniuses at creating criminal schemes to defraud the government.” Comes from growing up under the Soviets.

      • American
        August 2, 2012, 6:17 pm

        No they aren’t all Jewish or at least some are and some aren’t….read the articles at the links.
        And there aren’t any credible sources on figures. Were 50% of Italians in the Mafioso?
        I am sure some of those released from the Russian prisons claimed to be Jewish in order to emigrate.
        But the main road of the Russian Mafia is USA-Israel cause Israel doesn’t or didn’t until recently have any money laundering rules or enforcement.
        The Point Being that just like the US sponsored Cuba exodus politically demanded by the Cuban political wing , a lot of criminals got dumped in the US……without any checks on their prison or criminal backgrounds.
        And now we are paying twice for it.

  3. Gaius Baltar
    August 2, 2012, 12:12 pm

    What’s next? Can’t build a synagogue because Jews killed Christ?

    • Annie Robbins
      August 2, 2012, 9:22 pm

      if the FBI says there is no indication whatsoever synagogues are affiliated with any organization that threatens our national security i am sure fred will tell us that’s analogous with Bill Gates not saying he wouldn’t give $1 million dollars to the synagogue.

  4. Les
    August 2, 2012, 1:52 pm

    I remain bewildered that perfectly good racists like Starobin are not allowed to join the KKK. The organization would be sure to find lots of rabbis to partner with its many Protestant ministers.

  5. Fredblogs
    August 2, 2012, 3:33 pm

    “They gave me no indication whatsoever that the Muslim American Society is affiliated with any organization that threatens our national security,”

    Sounds a bit weasel wordy. It doesn’t say they aren’t affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Maybe he doesn’t consider the Muslim Brotherhood an “organization that threatens our national security”.

    As to the mosque, they have the same right to build a mosque there as someone has to build a church.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 2, 2012, 5:20 pm

      no indication whatsoever

      there’s nothing ‘weasel wordy’ about it at all. and the ‘they’ you are referencing is the FBI. if the FBI doesn’t think MAS threatens our national security why should you or anyone bother questioning?

      • Fredblogs
        August 2, 2012, 7:35 pm

        The FBI is not omniscient. They didn’t think the 9/11 attackers threatened our national security either. They didn’t think that Nidal Malik Hasan was a threat either, until he shot up Fort Hood.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 2, 2012, 9:49 pm

        “The FBI is not omniscient. They didn’t think the 9/11 attackers threatened our national security either. They didn’t think that Nidal Malik Hasan was a threat either, until he shot up Fort Hood.”

        My God, you’re right, Fredo. You know what? The FBI probably can’t tell us which members of AIPAC might turn into a traitor/spy for Israel, like Pollard. I guess we better just treat them all as traitors, just to be sure.

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 2, 2012, 5:51 pm

      “Sounds a bit weasel wordy. It doesn’t say they aren’t affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

      You tell’em Fredo. They’re Muslims, after all, so they must be bad. After all, Pam Geller and random crazy Russian Jews in Sheepshead said they M.A.S. is bad, so they have to be. It’s a good thing we have you on this site to give us some reason — any reason — to believe bad things about any and all Muslims and good things about any and all Jews, regardless of the facts…

    • ColinWright
      August 3, 2012, 2:40 am

      Maybe he doesn’t consider the Muslim Brotherhood an “organization that threatens our national security”.

      In what way does the Muslim Brotherhood threaten our national security?

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 3, 2012, 9:05 am

        “In what way does the Muslim Brotherhood threaten our national security?”

        Colin, they’re Muslims. That’s enough for Fredo. Why isn’t it enough for you?

  6. Fredblogs
    August 2, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Then again, what he said could just mean that the FBI continues to ignore his questions. If they don’t give any answer, then that would mean they ” gave [him] no indication whatsoever that the Muslim American Society is affiliated with any organization that threatens our national security,”

    link to silive.com
    “Congressman McMahon has requested information from all the relevant agencies but, to date, our office has not heard back with any definitive responses,” said Lauren Amendolara, McMahon’s communications director. “The congressman will continue to follow up on this matter.”

    • Annie Robbins
      August 2, 2012, 5:40 pm

      what he said could just mean that the FBI continues to ignore his questions.

      the federal bureau of investigation is in the business of asking questions, not answering them. besides, they did give him an answer:

      After Rep. Michael McMahon, a New York Democrat, inquired about MAS to the FBI concerning a different mosque in Staten Island that MAS was involved with, the FBI told him there was nothing to see. “They gave me no indication whatsoever that the Muslim American Society is affiliated with any organization that threatens our national security,” McMahon wrote in a letter.

      • Fredblogs
        August 2, 2012, 7:41 pm

        Actually, read it carefully, the quote isn’t a statement that the FBI told him there was nothing to see. That is a statement that the FBI did not tell him there was something to see. There is a world of difference between those statements.

        The statement he made is analogous to:
        “Bill Gates didn’t tell me he wouldn’t give me $1 million.” Which is true, BTW. Bill Gates has never said that to me, or anything else.

        The overinterpretation you and Mr. Kane are making is analogous to thinking that the statement means that:
        “Bill Gates told me he would give me $1 million”. Which is not true.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 2, 2012, 10:04 pm

        “Actually, read it carefully, the quote isn’t a statement that the FBI told him there was nothing to see. That is a statement that the FBI did not tell him there was something to see. There is a world of difference between those statements.”

        You’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel, Fredo. But when you need to advance your vile anti-Muslim bigotry, any argument whatsoever will do, regardless of the facts or logic. But what the hell, you’re only slandering non-Jews, right Fredo? So what do you care?

      • Fredblogs
        August 3, 2012, 1:14 pm

        People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. I have nothing against Muslims as long as they follow the same laws that the rest of us do and don’t try to force other people to be Muslims. The MAS seems to have an agenda that goes beyond being Muslims and extends to making this into an Islamic country. That I don’t approve of any more than I would approve making the government a Christian or a Jewish government.

        As for scraping the bottom of the barrel, the fact is that this is a statement from a written letter from a politician. Politicians are sometimes very careful with their words and say things that are technically true while intended to lead the reader to false conclusions.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 3, 2012, 1:29 pm

        The MAS seems to have an agenda that goes beyond being Muslims and extends to making this into an Islamic country.

        source?

      • Fredblogs
        August 3, 2012, 1:58 pm

        @Annie Robbins, as you requested here is the source:
        From one of MAS’s own websites as quoted in the weekly standard:

        ‘The website for MAS Minnesota outlines the objectives of MAS’s active member program. These objectives include:
        “(1) Continue building the correct unified comprehension of Islam as outlined in the Message of the Teachings by Imam Al-Banna. . . .
        (9) Make the member fulfill his duties as outlined in the Message of the Teachings by Imam Al-Banna.” ‘

        Al-Banna was the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, BTW.

        ‘In that book, al-Banna tells his fellow Muslims that they must work toward “[r]eforming the government so that it may become a truly Islamic government, performing as a servant to the nation in the interest of the people. By Islamic government I mean a government whose officers are Muslims who perform the obligatory duties of Islam, who do not make public their disobedience, and who enforce the rules and teachings of Islam.” Moreover, al-Banna implores his followers to “[c]ompletely boycott non-Islamic courts and judicial systems. Also, dissociate yourself from organisations, newspapers, committees, schools, and institutions which oppose your Islamic ideology.”‘

        link to weeklystandard.com

      • Cliff
        August 3, 2012, 2:00 pm

        Actually, Blobs, you are an antisemite demonstrated time and time again by your copy/paste-degree graduate studies level of knowledge of the supposed Islamic ‘occupation’ of a non-existent Spain.

        And of course, Zionist Jews in the US further screw America’s values (the ideals we attempt to pursue, because TBH we never really held them and no society does because no society is without a dark-side, especially ones that arose from colonialism) and Israelify our political culture.

        That’s the real problem. No one should be worried about being called an Islamophobe unjustly or for purely political reasons. It’s the antisemitic canard that people worry about because in the theater if American identity politics – JEWISH identity has the most political capital. No one cares about Arabs or Muslims and people express casual hatred towards them in movies and literature and politics without reproach.

        It’s 2012 and it’s still a problem.

        Whereas no one is mocking the settlers in this country as a meme to be mocked. There is plenty to be said about Zionism and its faults – even in a tepid, lame***, nervous laughter don’t-fire-me Rachel-no-balls-progressive-Maddow way. Yet, the best we can do is The Daily Show. That’s only on occasion as well and it is within a super narrow context wherein Jon never portrays Israel in a negative light or pays anti-Zionism it’s dues.

        In fact, he recently equated anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

        Anyways, typical Fredblogs garbage post. And my typical reply destroying him.

        Going to get some sushi now! Wish I lived in NYC – will have to settle for Wasabi.

      • Light
        August 3, 2012, 2:12 pm

        “That I don’t approve of any more than I would approve making the government a Christian or a Jewish government.”

        Well Fred, why do you support such a government in Israel?

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 3, 2012, 2:21 pm

        “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”

        Tell that to yourself and the Russians in Sheepshead Bay.

        “I have nothing against Muslims as long as they follow the same laws that the rest of us do and don’t try to force other people to be Muslims.”

        Well, that’s fine.

        “The MAS seems to have an agenda that goes beyond being Muslims and extends to making this into an Islamic country.”

        So what? There’s nothing illegal about wanting this to be an Islamic country. There’s nothing illegal in forming an “agenda” to bring that about. And there’s nothing legal about denying a permit to build a mosque, even if the group doing it has that agenda, preaches it, organizes or takes steps (short of actual violence or incitement to violence) to bring it about.

        So clearly, they are well within their rights and the people opposing it are wrong, as there is no legitimate basis to legally oppose it, based on the Islamic Brotherhood boogie-man stories. Since that is the case, and you want everyone to “follow the same laws” as everyone else, I can surmise that you fully and enthusiastically support the government giving these people the permits to build their Mosque??? Or will you come up with some other lame excuse?

        “As for scraping the bottom of the barrel, the fact is that this is a statement from a written letter from a politician. Politicians are sometimes very careful with their words and say things that are technically true while intended to lead the reader to false conclusions.”

        Yes, but that is not the issue, Fredo. The issue is that you always view the evidence in the light most favorable to the Jews or israel and the light least favorable to Muslims, Arabs or those who oppose zionism.

        For example: on the one hand, we have a double-hearsay argument as to why Ben-Gureon’s letter should be read one way, that you whole heartedly endorse (because it makes Ben-Gureon not seem like the war-criminal/ghoul he was), yet you do backflips and twist yourself into knots here to portray, as reasonable, something 180 degrees opposite of what is the most reasonable reading of McMahon’s letter (because your twisted reading casts a suspicion on the Muslims).

        And this is not a singular occurance. This has happened again and again. There doesn’t seem to be a bad act that a zionist or israel does that you can’t find SOME excuse for, and yet you seem awful adept at trying to cast a pall of doubt over even the most innocent of Muslims or anti-zionists. Don’t you think this is at least a little odd?

      • Fredblogs
        August 3, 2012, 3:33 pm

        @Light
        Because not every country has to be a cookie cutter copy of the U.S. The U.S. is an explicitly secular nation and that works for us. Other countries have state religions and that works for them to a lesser or greater extent. Although at the moment, countries with Islam as their state religion tend to be repressive tyrannies, while the countries with some Christian denomination as the state religion tend to be relatively free countries which allow freedom of religion, as does Israel. However, this was not always the case.

      • Fredblogs
        August 3, 2012, 3:53 pm

        @Woodrow
        As I said before, and you ignored, they have the same right to build a mosque that others have to build a Church.

        As to unreasonable interpretations: Less than 4 months (at most, since we don’t know when the letter was sent, only that it was reported on in September 2010) before that letter, Rep. McMahon was being stonewalled by the FBI in his inquiries. So it isn’t unreasonable to think that when he sent a carefully worded letter to some Muslim constituents telling them what they wanted to hear, he was still being stonewalled.

        As to me reading things in the light most favorable to Jews. You read things in the light most unfavorable to Jews, so naturally a more reasonable interpretation seems to you like reading things in the light most favorable to Jews.

      • Light
        August 3, 2012, 4:50 pm

        Fred,
        As usual Fred, your response shows the utter hypocrisy of your posts. Like the Queen of Hearts, separation of church and state is good when the queen says it is good and bad when the queen says it is bad.

        Israel does not allow freedom of religion. Besides the fact that citizens acquire different rights based on religion, Israel does not provide the same degree of protection for non Jewish holy sites as per Jewish holy sites. In addition, even for Jews there is not freedom of religion because non orthodox forms of Judaism are not recognized in Israel.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 3, 2012, 6:23 pm

        “As I said before, and you ignored, they have the same right to build a mosque that others have to build a Church.”

        Then why are you defending racists, crazies and bigots like Geller, Storobin and the idf terrorist who threatenend to blow it up??? OH, that’s right, they’re all Jews and you have to defend them. Is it a federal law that requires you to do that, or just a state one?

        “Less than 4 months (at most, since we don’t know when the letter was sent, only that it was reported on in September 2010) before that letter, Rep. McMahon was being stonewalled by the FBI in his inquiries.”

        No, he made inquires and hadn’t heard back. The only person who said “Stonewall” was the reporter or copy writer who works for the paper who is trying to make money off of the bigots and crazies on Staten Island.

        And don’t you think that, if in the two years since, the FBI had anything bad to say about these people that professional lunatics and bigots like Geller, Storobin and Foxman would have found it?

        “So it isn’t unreasonable to think that when he sent a carefully worded letter to some Muslim constituents telling them what they wanted to hear, he was still being stonewalled.”

        Produce the letter. You say it was sent “to some Muslim constituents” whereas the report merely said that it was cited by a proponant of the mosque. Surely if you’re so certain that it was McMahon being oh-so-crafty in his dealing with the Muslims, that you’ve actually looked at the letter and aren’t pulling stuff out of your thin air. Right?

        “You read things in the light most unfavorable to Jews,”

        Not at all. I read things in the light unfavorable to zionists, but only to the extend I would read things in the light unfavorable to the Klan or the American Nazi Party or the like. I have nothing against Jews as people or as individuals.

        “a more reasonable interpretation seems to you like reading things in the light most favorable to Jews.”

        And it just so happens that every point you take a position on just happens to favor the Jewish person, even when they are as drop-dead guilty as Dr. Hess and Sasha Baran Cohen. Amazing how that works, Fredo.

      • ColinWright
        August 4, 2012, 3:25 pm

        “…The MAS seems to have an agenda that goes beyond being Muslims and extends to making this into an Islamic country…”

        So? Even if this was their goal, they haven’t got a prayer. The Mormons have been sending out every single young male they have as missionaries for a century now and are barely breaking even. Remember the Hare Krishnas? Scientologists? Think about Jehovah’s Witnesses — keeping America’s doorbells from rusting for over a century now.

        Fat lot of good it does them.

        These groups aren’t threats. What is a threat, and what is extremely dangerous, is when people start trying to convince themselves these groups are threats so as to justify authentically dangerous actions of their own.

        If someone is going to seriously try to convert America to Islam — well, that’s cute. I’m interested to see them try. Am I fretting about how I’m about to be deprived of my precious beer?

        No.

        Need I point out the last group that decided there was a global conspiracy to get them and they’d best strike first? It’s actually the oldest trick in the book. If you really, desperately want to slaughter someone, you just convince yourself they’re about to get you. Then you can get them first and feel good about it.

        To be blunt, I’ll extend you the credit of believing you have managed to delude yourself. However, you’re not about to delude me. I can see what’s up, and I’ll do what I can to stop you.

      • Merk
        August 2, 2012, 8:54 pm

        you are right anni, the FBI isn’t interested in answers, LOL!

      • Cliff
        August 3, 2012, 2:02 pm

        It isn’t. There is evidence of intelligence gathering becoming ideologically compromised as was the case with the Iraq war lead-up.

        Nice try though, ZioBot. Why are all of you liars? You’re like comic book villains, for reals.

    • Mooser
      August 2, 2012, 5:45 pm

      “Then again, what he said could just mean that the FBI continues to ignore his questions. If they don’t give any answer, then that would mean they ” gave [him] no indication”

      Well, Fredblogs, do you intend to sit there like a lambchop and let Sharia Lewis law dhimmi you up? Not on your tintype, Dorothy! You make sure to keep on this, and make legislators aware of the devious meanderings of the Muslim mind. Just do-do that voodoo that you do so well, and call him with frequent up-dates!

      • Fredblogs
        August 2, 2012, 7:42 pm

        Devious meanderings of a politician’s mind actually.

  7. piotr
    August 2, 2012, 9:02 pm

    On a more positive note, on a route I bike daily to my place of work I pass only one non-residential structure, a mosque combined with a preschool, as it is customary amount houses of worship in the area. I even heard of someone changing religion to get a better preschool for kids (Reform Judaism gain an adherent of British origin). I never heard about any protests. The location is quite strategic: somewhat secluded but in 10 minutes walking from a huge campus with 40,000 students, of which, according to MAS, 1,000 are Muslim. But not totally safe: two weeks ago a young bear was tranquilized about 1000 ft from that place.

  8. giladg
    August 3, 2012, 3:19 am

    What does this article have to do with US foreign policy? Is it because MW receives funding from Gulf state oil money, that you intervene on Islamic issues? Are your heads so far up the backsides of your oil rich sugar daddies? It would appear so.

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 3, 2012, 9:03 am

      I think it has to do with the fact that the deformation of US foreign policy driven by zionism and two of it’s sub-parts: hatred and bigotry of Muslims and hatred and bigotry of Arabs, has leached into US domestic policy.

      • ColinWright
        August 4, 2012, 3:36 pm

        The worst of it is that many or most of us (particularly the male half) jus’ love to hate and fear.

        It’s very easy to exploit this tendency. Tell people they ought to hate Muslims and look at ‘em go.

        This has happened before, you know. It’s actually kind of dreary contemplating the same mechanisms acting the same way again — only this time wrapped in even more lies, self-deception, and hypocrisy.

        The Nazis frankly said they wanted to kill ‘em all — at least, they didn’t bother to veil it very well. We actually pretend we’re just so bursting with love for Muslims that we want to spend billions to bring them secular democracy.

        No we don’t. We want to make the bastards howl. The least we could do would be to frankly admit it.

    • Light
      August 3, 2012, 2:21 pm

      Giladg, in Israel it may be acceptable to treat Muslims as second class citizens but in the United States religious freedom is supposed to be protected by the state. Fortunately the courts appear to support this view despite the actions of this bigoted representative.

    • ColinWright
      August 4, 2012, 3:28 pm

      So that $40,000 fundraiser was just a screen? There are uncounted oil millions out there to be had? How do I get some?

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