Fear of the dead one of many fringe ideas fueling phony mosque debateChris Joyner AJC Watchdog
There are tons of problems — scientific, practical and legal — with this line of thinking.
I geeked out on this topic and looked into some of the scientific research into the possible contaminating aspects of cemeteries, and it turns out the scientific community isn’t too concerned. Dead bodies break down into their natural elements, and soil density and chemistry conspire to hold any surviving bacteria and viruses long enough to eliminate any threat to the public, according to a survey of the scientific literature by the World Health Organization.
The same activist objected to the mosque on a variety of other grounds, including unfounded suspicions that the Doraville-based religious community largely made up of Bangledeshi immigrants wanted to impose Sharia law and go to war with Western Civilization.
Over the past several years the same rhetoric has been used by opponents in towns in Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Some of those cities have refused permits for Islamic cemeteries after critics stoked fears of tainted water and now face federal lawsuits as a result.
Communities struggle with Muslims’ arrival
Islam’s faithful vary in responses to hostility, threats from neighbors.By Meris Lutz
Edward Ahmed Mitchell executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Georgia.
(This isn't about the Newton County Mosque but it has some info on one of the groups active in the protest against the Mosque.)
In an interview with The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” following the arrests in Kansas, Hill denied knowing the suspects:The men are part of a group called the Kansas Security Force, a extremist group that espouses anti-federal government and anti-immigrant philosophies and is part of a larger militia movement known as “Three Percenters” that also is active in Georgia.
Hill, who also serves as the Georgia chapter head, told Hatewatch that his group is “associated” with one KSF group, but that there are multiple. Hill stated that the group he is associated with is run by Ronald Greek, but Hill claimed he only talks to Greek “one time a year.” Hill went on to say that he was not familiar with any of the three men arrested in Kansas today.
As you can see below Newton County (Ga) managed to get into the papers in England in one of their larger but left leaning publications. The article is from their US edition. Also there are 373 comments if you want to take an afternoon out and read them. Use this direct link:
Misc Update 10/6/16
The 'Go Fund Me' application is no longer on the GFM site: https://www.gofundme.com/2p2cy24
The funding request for the GFM account is now off the 'SONG' site but a couple of references to donation to the lawyers office directly remain.
FUNDING FOR MOSQUE PURCHASE
It has never been a secret, but it has not gotten a lot of publicity, but the sale of burial plots and accessory services fund a small part of the $675,900 purchase price for those 135 acres.
The source of the majority of the funds remains unknown and is very suspect, but here is a small blurb from their site about burials and what will eventually be on their site. Follow the link and read more of what they have to say: http://www.masjidattaqwaatlanta.com/project-2/
“Buying Cemetery Lots Earns Insha-Allah Incredible Sadaqatul Jariah
By buying cemetery lots, you are helping pay for the 135 Acres. These 135 Acres are approved to have Cemetery, Burial Preparation Facility, Masjid, Schools and University with their own athletic fields and sports area, Public Park, and lot more. All the good Insha-Allah that will emanate from this place, for generations to come, with our Rabb’s Mercy will be your Sadaqatul Jariah"
There isn't much going on with this Mosque issue, if something comes up I'll add it to the blog site.
Perhaps there will be some demonstrations at County Comm meetings etc. For now nothing is going on. So 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'.
Check back now and then.
It is now 14 days since the last 'Go Fund Me' donation and the amount pledged remains at $3,500. Probably this won't increase.
The lack of providing the identity of those behind the group is likely the reason for the halt in donations, some think it is still a scam. Probably this will be the end of this hire a lawyer effort.
Now that this Anti-Mosque group has come partly out of the shadows and at least announced the name/location of their attorney, they have changed their funding request from the original $2,500, then $5,000 and now they ask for donations up to $15,000. As of today (9/26) they remain with 'Go Fund Me' donations of $3,500, with nothing more coming in the last 4 days.
Also on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008587503434&hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
Far-right figures flock to Georgia mosque debate
I see that the anti-Mosque group has now come forward a bit and at least given out the name of the legal firm.
They changed their Facebook name to 'Sunshine on Government' at: https://www.facebook.com/sunshineongovernment, from the older: 'STOP the Mosque Newton County Ga' which probably got some input that the old name was a bit to anti-Muslim/Mosque and needed something softer.
I did phone their office number a few minutes ago it is the actual number of the firm and not someone's girlfriend pretending to be a law firm. This is a 7 Lawyer firm: Rosenzweig, Jones, Horne & Griffis, P.O. Box 220, Newnan, Ga. 30264.
They seem a very secretive bunch. Probably they don't realize that one out of 8-10 of their members will be reporting to some law enforcement agency so there really is no use in trying to hide the backers info.
The secretary verified that the SONG group is a client. No lawyer will be in until Monday and she could not comment on why the group is not providing any name of an officer or member so people can contact them.
You have to wonder just how smart the folks behind this are to come up with such a stupid name for their group 'Song Alliance'? Why not 'Sunshine Alliance' or something that didn't sound like a Chinese Laundry.
Attorney Firm info: http://www.martindale.com/Rosenzweig-Jones-Horne-Griffis/law-firm-732114.htm
The Go Fund Me is still up and they seem to have $3,500 of the asked for 5K.
Mosque issue seized by extremists9/23/16 Chris Joyner AJC Watchdog
Another of the armed protesters tramping around the Newton County Courthouse is Augusta resident James Stachowiak, another member of the patriot movement whose anti-Islamic activism has made headlines for the past several years for his outrageous online statements, including on his internet-based radio show.
Another figure less in the limelight but equally important in framing the debate around the proposed mosque is anti-immigration activist and failed politician Tom Owens. Owens’ home backs up to the Masjid At-Taqwa, the Doraville mosque that would like to build a place of worship and cemetery in Newton County.
In fact, King said the folks at the mosque have been great for Doraville. “ They’ve been good neighbors. They have been engaged in getting a conversation going with other churches in our community,” he said. “They have invited our officers to come talk to their youth and their congregation.”