According to the Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (“ISBR”), which was trying to obtain zoning changes to build a mosque in Bernards Township, New Jersey, has hidden from public view anti-Christian and anti-Semitic verses from the Koran on its website, as well as its connection to the Islamic Society of North America (“ISNA”). The latter is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial. 
 
The Thomas More Law Center is a national public interest law firm based in Michigan. It has entered the case, according to a release, in order to protect the constitutional rights of several Bernards Township citizens who exercised their fundamental right to publicly oppose proposed zoning changes.  The federal government has served subpoenas on the citizens demanding that they reveal, among other things, their email contact lists.
 
ISNA is claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood as one of “our organizations and . . . our friends.”  The Muslim Brotherhood has long been engaged in terrorism directed against Christians in Egypt and elsewhere. According to internal documents seized by the FBI, the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy is to engage in a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within . . .” For the Muslim Brotherhood, building mosques and Islamic centers is part of the process of extending Muslim civilization.
 
ISBR and Mohammad Ali Chaudry sued in March 2016, claiming that the denial of zoning changes to permit a mosque violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) of 2000, which supposedly reflected an attitude in the community of “religious and cultural animus against Muslims.”  Within a week of the ISBR lawsuit,said TMLC, the Justice Department under the Obama administration launched its own investigation and filed its own lawsuit.
 
While a visible link to the quotes below was once on the ISBR website, ISBR has hidden the links from public view.  The Thomas More Law Center said in a release that the quotes cannot be found through a simple internet search or a view of the public portion of ISBR’s website, and can only be found by access to the direct links here:
 
“Ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them.”
 
“Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).” 
 
“And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; … .” 
 
The private citizens who raised questions about the proposed zoning changes had no authority to deny the zoning application nor did they have any official role in Bernards Township.  “Nevertheless,” read the release from TMLC, “they were served with burdensome and harassing subpoenas which demanded: all their email addresses and social media accounts; all personal documents including emails, voicemails, text messages, and social media posts concerning Muslims, Islam, mosques, the Quran, Muslim worship or prayer services, wudu, imams, burkas, hijabs, Sharia, jihad, or anything else associated with or related to Muslims or Islam; any object inscribed with or containing the words ‘Preserve Liberty Corner,’ or anti-mosque signs, flyers, banners, email messages, or pamphlets, distributed or otherwise existing at any time within the Township.
 
“In addition, Department of Justice (“DOJ”) lawyers began a new front of intimidation by directly contacting these private citizens, asking them to come in for interviews concerning the mosque.”
 
“Under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Justice Department,” said TMLC President Richard Thompson, “using politically driven DOJ attorneys, weaponized itself against fundamental constitutional principles to intimidate American citizens with whom they disagreed.  Immediately after the San Bernardino terrorist attack and just months before DOJ inserted itself into this case, Ms. Lynch made the infamous statement chilling free speech: ‘…when we see the potential for someone lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric…. when we see that we will take action.’  This is exactly what happened to the citizens of Bernards Township. DOJ attorneys initiated a deep state inquisition, seeking to bring citizens objecting to the mosque in for questioning.” 


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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