Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|Freedom of Religion?|
|08/21/00 at 09:27:18|
|Asalaam alaikum wrt wb,|
WE THE PEOPLE: A group of 450 Muslim families in the predominantly white,
Christian town of Palos Heights, Ill., had no place to worship, so they
agreed to purchase an unused church for $2.1 million and turn it into a
mosque. Local townspeople were aghast, and when one suggested to the
City Council that the Muslims should convert to Christianity or "go
back to [their] own countries," the Council voted to give the group
$200,000 to drop their purchase plans. Mayor Dean Koldenhoven called
the action embarrassing, fiscally irresponsible and an insult to
Muslims, and vetoed it. (AP) ...Per the Constitution, "Freedom of
Religion" means Freedom of Religion for everyone.
|Re: Freedom of Religion?|
|08/21/00 at 22:29:58|
This news came up several weeks ago. From what I remember the church had been unused for several years and the city had not been able to sell it. When the Muslims made a bid for it, the local christians objected to it, and the city council changed its mind. This just shows how selectively "freedoms" are granted.
From what I remember, the Muslims accepted the $200,000 and did not buy the church. They said that converting the church after all the uproar will cause tensions between them and the local community.
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