Imam claims zoning regulations limiting building height are Islamophobic – AP – Richview Expositor – Richview California Updated: May 08, 2016
Imam Samy Abuelezz of the Richview County Islamic Education Center has long been a fixture in the region’s interfaith outreach efforts earning the praise of faith leaders across the broad spectrum of religious belief for his dedication and sincerity. Today however a frustrated Imam Abuelezz made public his deep disappointment that the county board would not amend zoning laws to accommodate a proposed multi-storied Mosque and Masjid development. A development the Imam says is needed to meet the expanding needs of Richview’s burgeoning Muslim population.
When the land for the proposed site was purchased Imam Abuelezz claims he was assured by County registrar Pepe Francis that an amendment to the existing building height limitation bylaw was a mere formality, a claim disputed by County Comptroller Charles Hammersmith.
In an at times heated exchange Imam Abuelezz spoke of the necessity to have a building a minimum of 8 stories in height to accommodate the entirety of the planned facility and also to meet specific religious obligations central to the practice of the Islamic faith.
As described the 8th floor was to be dedicated to interfaith dialogue and would include a special outreach “Safe Space” specifically for Gays & Lesbians. Imam Abuelezz spoke warmly of his plans to welcome the local LGBT community to this sanctuary and then toss them off the roof to their deaths as compelled by the Koran. “We have planned for the “landings” to occur in the Masjid play yard so the school children could both witness this act of faith but also participate by stoning these spawn of Shaitan and Western filth” enthused Imam Abuelezz.
A deeply wounded Imam Abuelezz spoke plaintively of the need for at least 8 stories to ensure a quick dispatch of the homosexuals and mourned the systemic Islamophobia disguised as harmless “bylaws” that deny local Muslims their constitutional right to freedom of religion.
A candle-light vigil and silent protest is planned in protest for later this week.