The dogs and picket signs didn’t scare off the Muslims who wanted to build a mosque in Temecula. Maybe opponents should have tried pitchforks. Despite objections over increased “traffic,” the City Council approved the project last night.
At last night’s meeting, many opponents focused on traffic issues, issues over the proposed mosque’s side and flood plain issues, but what’s really at the core of this is many people’s fears over Islam and that this mosque may somehow foster radical ideology.
There’s no evidence of that. Members of the Islamic community in Temecula have gathered at another location for over 10 years, peacefully, with no incident.
A lot of the opposition is also fueled by the debate over the proposed mosque in New York City near the former site of the World Trade Center.
Maybe I’m a bit dense, but I’m just not seeing the connection between lower Manhattan and rural Temecula.