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Mosque Planned For Temecula Sparks Protest

"This is about Sharia law that they want to take over America…wake up!"

There were about two dozen people who came in response to an Internet call to protest a planned mosque in Temecula. Some, like Mano Bach, came because of personal experience with Muslim extremism. He was born in Iran, and says he fled to America after the 1979 revolution.

"Islam destroyed Iran and I don't want Islam destroy America," said Bach.

Others came because they believe a mosque is a step toward political domination by Muslims. This woman only gave her first name, Lois.

"They're infiltrating this country. And their goal is to have Sharia law all over the world," she said.

On the other side of the street, standing in support of the mosque, Temecula resident Jennifer Ice says the protest is appalling and doesn't represent her city.

"We can't even imagine the ignorance and fear going into our neighbors who are protesting," said Ice.

Ice was one of about 50 people who came to shield the Islamic Center from the protest during its prayer service. Many were Christian. Some, like Jeff Schwimmer, were Jewish.

"If we cannot support freedom of religion and free choice, we have nothing to stand for," said Schwimmer.

Plans for the new mosque haven't been approved yet.

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Avatar for user 'joemamma42'

joemamma42 | July 31, 2010 at 11:05 a.m. ― 6 years, 8 months ago

"Others came because they believe a mosque is a step toward political domination by Muslims. " What about the political domination by Christians? What about political domination by Republicans and Democrats?

Additionally, we've had a large influx of Muslim political refugees in recent years running from the Muslim extremists in their own country. Are they no allowed to practice their own religion?

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ConcernedCitizen10 | August 2, 2010 at 12:38 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

It is sad to think that in a country founded on principals of religious freedom, liberty, and escape from tyranny that we have been so quick to suppress the ideas, freedom and thoughts of others. It is hard to believe that those who are protesting could really consider themselves true Americans when their values and views seem to be opposite to everything this country was built on.

My question to those who protest something like this is: What would be our response if we heard about another country that was banning the formation of a Church or Jewish Temple? I think we would be rather dismayed!

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JulieNadine | August 2, 2010 at 5:39 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

Concerned Citizen said it perfectly!

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pechka | August 2, 2010 at 10:38 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

I do agree with the sentiments of Joe and CC, however, the goal, I think, is to open thoughts and hearts, right? I profoundly disagree with the folks who are so afraid-----------bc that is what it is; fear-------and are so opposed to the mosque.

In order for us all to live in peace, we do need to understand and talk with each other; the fear of the people who oppose the mosque must be addressed. People do violence when words are ineffective or ignored.

The analogy with Jews/Christians doesn't really apply here. Bc a tiny, mentally ill fragment of the global Muslim population attacked NYC, the Pentagon, and PA while en route to attack D.C., Americans tend to identify all Muslims as sympathetic to those attacks. Neither Jews nor Christians have bombed any targets in the U.S. but it is vital to our future peace together to acknowledge the anger and fear of people on both sides who want to over-simplify this situation. It is very complex. Fundamentalism tries to make everything black or white: "You're either with us or against us".

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randolphslinky | August 3, 2010 at 10:09 a.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

While there is probably no legal basis for preventing the building of the mosque in Temecula I don't look forward to it and I certainly don't wish for an increase in the number of Muslims in this country.

Islam has an image problem that was not created by the ignorance of those who oppose it being here - rather it is simply a fact that in modern times no other religion has produced the kind of wholesale insane behavior that it has generated. Everyone who is non-Muslim has valid reasons for concern.

Christians do not put bombs in their underwear and board a plane with the intent of killing others simply for being non-believers, or walk into a crowded market and blow themselves up, or wear the uniform of an Army Officer and then walk into a medical facility and shout god is great and then as fast as one can pull the trigger kill the "infidel." Christians don't perform "honor killings" when their sister is raped, or do drive by shootings on people who are of another denomination. They don't force their women to walk around veiled or covered head to toe.

The Koran has over 100 verses in sometimes graphic detail of how the non-believers are to be dealt with. These verses are not written in context of some particular time period, they are eternal, and required of Muslims to follow. Why do you think that Muslims have such a proclivity to violence? I'm tired of all the apologists of Islam calling it a peaceful religion, it just isn't so, and you have evidence to the contrary on almost a daily basis in the news and in the paper.

What we really need to have is this country when it comes to religion is better discernment.

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anabeth | August 3, 2010 at 2:39 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

Islam has a long history of violence against those who refuse to accept their faith. Europe is beginning to drown under Islam. Unfortunately the U.S. welcomes people of all faiths. The muzzies do have every intention of taking over this nation. I was told this by one of them over 40 years ago. They also build mosques over churches, synagogues, and temples as a sign of conquest. They plan to destroy this nation.

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anabeth | August 3, 2010 at 2:42 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

To Concerned Citizen 10
Saudi Arabia is one of the nations that will NOT allow a church or synagogue. they will also not allow a Holy Bible in their nation.

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randolphslinky | August 3, 2010 at 4:11 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

I highly recommend KPBS/NPR listeners read the book "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.

With the exception of maybe the last chapter it pretty much covers all that you need to know to either sacrifice yourself on your ivory tower altar of principles, or wake up and get real about the kind of threat religion, and in particular Islam, is to the free and civil world.

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adebator | August 27, 2010 at 11:23 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

i disagree with this protest.muslims should not be blamed for doing bad things in fact, most of americans hate muslims cuz of that one day,9/11.just because of that day people now want to burn the quran and do bad things to get back at nuslims.revenge does not do good but make muslims want to do the same thing back to u and it will keep on going on and on.the only way to stop the terrorism is if u make a peace treaty and christians,jewish and muslims reunite to make our country perfect and serve,protect and be on the same sides . Barack Obama is trying to help this come true and all christains and jewish think is that he is muslim cuz of of the ground zero mosque the muslims are trying to build.All I am trying to say is muslims should stop getting blamed and have the same equalaties as christians and jewish people

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johnnym | August 28, 2010 at 1:08 a.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

adebator, making a peace treaty with Muslims wouldn't work. See

"There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them."

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