This summer we noted that Tea Partiers and anti-Islam activists were opposing the construction of a proposed Islam Center in Temecula, California and were even using dogs in order to intimidate worshipers because “Muslims hate dogs.”
Well, the controversy over the center continues and last night the Temecula Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve construction of the center after a five-and-a-half hour public hearing during which supporters were told to “go back to Israel” … and even Wiley Drake weighed in:
The mosque’s backers included Yosef Khen, who said he was born in Israel and learned in school that America had a tradition of religious tolerance.
To the mosque’s critics, he said: “You’re doing damage not to the Islamic people. You’re doing damage to yourself.”
One person shouted: “Go back to Israel!”
Mosque critic Wiley Drake said Sept. 11 stemmed from the activity of mosques. And John Trautman said Muslims “are not only our enemy but pagans. Why would we want them in our backyard?”
CORRECTION: I obviously misread this and mistakenly attributed the Trautman quote to Drake. My apologies for the error.