Baru beberapa minggu lepas kita dengar berita tentang pembinaan masjid di US kan? Korang dengar news tak? =P
Dayah memang jarang tengok TV. Selalu akan membaca di internet sahaja. Tengok cerita tertentu pun di internet. See, how diff my life now.
Tadi berlegar-legar di TWITTER, sekali ada alert from TIME. Baca tajuk pun dah buat seram satu badan. Apa lagilah. Baca dulu yer kawan-kawan, komen kemudian.
In Southern California, a Very Local Mosque Dispute By Kevin O'Leary Saturday, Aug. 21Temecula, California, has little in common with New York City. But the debate over a new mosque in the sleepy suburban town east of Camp Pendleton echoes many of the themes expressed in the controversy surrounding the Park 51 Islamic center to be built near the World Trade Center site.
In Southern California, the question is whether the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley should be granted a permit to build a mosque on land it owns next to two established churches. The Islamic Center presently holds prayer services in a warehouse next to a pipeline company, down the street from a smog-test station and masonry supply yard. And during Friday prayers on July 30, around 25 local conservative activists stood outside shouting slogans of hate through a bullhorn, carrying signs with messages such as "No More Mosques in America" (WHAT!!), and brought along several dogs, hoping to offend Muslim sensibilities."We've never had a problem with anybody before this," said Iman Mahmoud Harmoush, the Center's spiritual leader and a lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino. "It is common sense that you don't disrupt a religious service by creating noise and bringing dogs." (Kejam sungguh! Binatang haram tu juga saja di bawa!)
Some locals, however, rallied to the Muslim community's defense. "We had about 75 people in solidarity with the mosque," said Rev. Joe Zarro, co-chair of the local interfaith council. "The Temecula area is very fair and tolerant. There are a lot of social conservatives but they mostly support the mosque. The people speaking out against the mosque don't have any relationship with Islam and are coming from a place of ignorance."Certainly, from a place of paranoia: �One of the anti-mosque protest leaders, Diana Serafin, 59, says Muslims want �to take over the United States from within. "We have a constitutional right to freedom of religion," she argues. "But Islam is more than a religion. It is an ideology to enforce Sharia law [Islamic jurisprudence] in America, and Sharia law is in direct contrast to the American Constitution."
The proposed 25,000-square-foot mosque would be approximately the same size as the churches next door and hold between 150 to 300 worshipers, say mosque officials and city planners. Assistant Temecula City Manager Bob Johnson says the city will do a traffic study before the mosque goes before the Planning Commission for final approval in November. In addition to the protest and a petition drive against the mosque, the Islamic Center of Temecula must also contend with a church neighbor whose pastor is anything but friendly.Pastor Bill Rench, whose Calvary Baptist Church sits just across the cul de sac from the mosque site, says Islam and Christianity are like "oil and water" and that Islam is "intolerant at its core". He argues that when Islam becomes dominant in a society, "you also see a repression of freedom of speech and religious expression. In my view, building a mosque in Temecula would act as a magnet. It would embolden the more aggressive acting on the beliefs." (prejudice nya mereka! Islam itu Indah, Islam itu adil) In an interview with TIME, Rench accused the Imam of refusing to disavow Islamic terrorism. Harmoush says this is patently untrue. "Unconditionally, I have explained to him (Rench) and others, that I disagree and condemn all sorts of violence by the mentioned organizations," Harmoush explained. On Tuesday, Rench and Harmoush squared off on CNN in an interview conducted by John King. They did not bridge their differences.
Ron Patterson, 65, says a lady recently canvassed his nearby neighborhood with a petition to stop the mosque. She told him that 3,000 people would be attending the mosque with services three times a day. The retired mailman signed because he is concerned about increased traffic and about possible religious extremists. Patterson says he thinks the mosque will be built. �"I am sure most mosques are perfectly fine, but it is a natural concern.""If the city says okay, what are you going to do? It's freedom of speech and religion."