Town Bans Residents From Mentioning Islam At Meeting About Giving Islamic Group $3.5M

Bernards Township, New Jersey officials have agreed to give The Islamic Society Of Basking Ridge (ISBR) $3.25 million and prohibit community members from even mentioning Islam or Muslims at an upcoming public hearing to approve said payout, which comes as a result of a ruling made earlier this year that Bernards Township officials discriminated against said Islamic group by preventing them from building a mosque.

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) has decided to fight this agreement (which can be read in full here) on the grounds that it constitutes “suppression of speech.”

Said agreement states, in no uncertain terms, that issues related to Muslims or Islam cannot be discussed at the group meeting.

In a press release, TMLC states it has “filed a lawsuit in the New Jersey Federal Court on behalf of Christopher and Loretta Quick.”

The Quicks, TMLC’s release states, “reside within 200 feet of the proposed mosque construction in a zoned residential area.  Yet, the settlement agreement prohibits them from describing the many unique features of Islamic worship which will impact design of the building, traffic density, water and sewage, traffic control problems, road construction, and parking arrangements.”

The release continues, “according to the settlement agreement, ISBR is permitted to make statements concerning Christians and Jews and their places of worship, but in contrast, the Agreement prohibits commentary relating to Islam or Muslims.”

TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson is quoted in the release as slamming the ISBR for its decision to play the victim in this matter.

“As we have previously documented, ISBR has taken the extraordinary step of concealing significant links on their website to a radical group named by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in America history, the Islamic Society of North America (‘ISNA’),” Thompson is quoted as stating.

“While claiming that the Township had a religious animus against Muslims, ISBR hid from the public view its animus toward Christians and Jews, by not only hiding anti-Christian and anti-Semitic verses published on its website, but also hiding its significant ties to ISNA.”

Learn more about the conflict below.

In its lawsuit, TMLC states that the agreement reached between ISBR and Bernards Township “is unconstitutional in multiple respects.”

The suit states, “it suppresses speech based on its content, it constitutes a prior restraint on protected speech, it deprives Plaintiffs of procedural due process, and it violates the Establishment Clause by preferring Islam over other religions.”

“Therefore, pursuant to the First and Fourteenth Amendments to Constitution and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Plaintiffs are entitled to relief from Defendants’ unconstitutional actions.”

Source:
PR Newswire

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51 Comments

  1. M&M

    August 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    no one wants them in this country, this is a national issue

    • skippy22

      August 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      no one ? didnt know you speak for the whole country

      • Scott Wilson

        August 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

        They do. We don’t want them here. Period.

      • Tropical Pom

        August 2, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        Why do you want them Skippy? what do they contribute?

      • Whitaker Weber

        August 2, 2017 at 10:56 pm

        Guess they can all move into your back yard….

      • TCS

        August 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

        Sure, you have that 10% liberal betrayers, like you, but I guess the others do not want to.

      • M&M

        August 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

        there is a long history trail, everyone but Leftist love them. cant wait until the start beheading leftist homos

  2. Crakalakin

    August 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Interesting how quickly that whole “separation of church and state” thing gets tossed aside when it’s Islam.

    • David Calvani

      August 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Indeed.

    • Christopher Knyght

      August 3, 2017 at 2:28 am

      When a religion decides to invade our country for the purpose of doing harm, it should not be protected by the 1st Amendment…..or the separation of church and state. Islam wants nothing more than to bring down this country. Islam has done nothing FOR this country.

      • ineradicable

        August 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

        Islam has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and needs to be reformed.

        • Heywood Jablowme

          August 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

          The sufis are kind of mellow, they are the ones that dance to pray.

  3. mike

    August 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    So…just fuck the 1st Amendment eh

  4. Trey Von Dinkis

    August 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Community members – SUE the Township for violating your Constitutional FIRST Amendment rights — and DO it NOW.

  5. JimmyH

    August 2, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    OK, here’s an alternate take: The ruling hasn’t been made yet, a discussion is coming up. The community can, and probably will vote against zoning the Mosque. But if, in the discussion, “Islam” & “Muslim” keep coming up they’re opening themselves up to the inevitable discrimination suit. If the minutes of the hearing don’t included those words it’ll be clear the refusal was solely on objective merits, not religious bigotry.

    • Steven Dickman

      August 3, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Very true… Still tramples on amendment rights.

    • Christopher Knyght

      August 3, 2017 at 2:33 am

      There is no bigotry in recognizing one’s enemy. Islam has repeatedly shown it’s true colors. It is a threat to the American way of life.

      • JimmyH

        August 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        “..There is no bigotry in recognizing one’s enemy..” No doubt Chris, but look at what you just did: You called the plaintiffs, who are legal U.S. citizens, in a legal U.S. court, “the enemy”. If you were participating in that community meeting that would be the STUPIDEST thing to say! -if you didn’t want your little town’s entire budget dedicated to defending a FEDERAL lawsuit! “Free Speech” or not, that’s just the reality of the situation.
        It would be as if the judge in an obviously-guilty African-American defendant said; “Well I think the nigger’s guilty, What does the white jury think?”

        • Don & Cristina Smith

          August 4, 2017 at 12:45 am

          I am forced to agree with you completely. We must learn when to just keep quiet and control our emotions, especially in legal proceedings. Act like Spock. 🙂

          • FartingFoulFarts this noise:-

            September 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm

            Yes indeed. The higher orders of rationality, logic and reason must be master of the emotions (historically referred to as the 7 deadly sins) or the emotions will master us. It’s that easy and that hard.

        • Christopher Knyght

          September 22, 2017 at 4:53 am

          If the Catholic Church still believed that burning people at the stake was OK, I’d say the same thing. We all know who the terrorists are but we insist on frisking 85yo grandmas at the airport so as not to offend muslims. BULL. We need to tell these 15th century freaks that if they want to be barbarians, then they can go back to the middle east where, apparently, they don’t have a problem stoning people to death. All these degenerates are doing is using our system against us. We need to look them in the eyes and let them know that we’re on to their BS. No quarter. They show us every single day who they really are. THEY declared war on US. I don’t trust a damn one of them. Before 9/11 I didn’t give a second thought to muslims. I now see them as my enemies because that’s the way THEY want it. Islam isn’t a religion, It’s a cult of murder. Too many Americans are quick to say “Let’s hear their side of the story”. I’ve heard all I need to hear. They hate western culture and will stop at nothing to destroy it and us. To hell with their feelings. Anyone who has an issue with that is part of the problem. If they hate America so much, why are they here? There are places right here in the good ol’ USA where, if you drive down the wrong road, Muslim will throw bricks at your car. Like they actually believe they have a right to come here and take over an American neighborhood. How about a muslim buying a piece of property to build a mosque in Texas next door to a pig farmer that’s been there for multiple generations and then telling the farmer that he has to move his pigs because they offend muslims…….and don’t even get me started on the countless AMERICAN LIBTARD TRAITORS that are actually trying to destroy this country from within by siding with our enemies. That’s TREASON. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I can’t wait for the next American Revolution. It’s time to clean house. I don’t care if you take issue with my tone or language. Who’s side are you on? OURS or THEIRS? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b8ceef9c1bfbb2a7c2a5f70a2344fe69e08217b85bc942b15705bde190ca306.jpg

  6. The Jokester

    August 3, 2017 at 12:08 am

    “NO FIRST AMENDMENT FOR YOU!!” Speech Nazi.

  7. Quiet Desperation

    August 3, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Kill everyone involved

  8. William Mavis

    August 3, 2017 at 2:18 am

    NOONE,NO ELECTED OFFICIAL OR BUREAUCRAT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO SIGN AWAY MY RIGHTS

  9. Christopher Knyght

    August 3, 2017 at 2:24 am

    REAL AMERICANS have had enough of Islamic Infiltration. That’s what this is. We are being quietly invaded. Any American that won’t recognize Islam as our enemy is a TRAITOR. You know what happens to traitors,don’t you?

  10. Timothy K. Ready

    August 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Once again- for all my issues w/ the man…THANK GOD Trump is our president…he’ll make sure the Muslims are stopped…

    • FartingFoulFarts this noise:-

      September 13, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Well no, everyone has to take care of themselves and each other in order for Trump to be effective. It’s not all on him. Milo may call him “Daddy”, but he’s not really. YOU’RE THE DADDY. All of us must be, in every Western country affected.

  11. Michael Deangelo

    August 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

    THE LEFT just LOVES this shit……

  12. KooKKy

    August 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    In NJ, freedom of speech suppressed? Wonder how many mention it to prove a point?

  13. JimmyH

    August 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Do you:
    A: Want to see the Mosque NOT built? or
    B: Have a “feel-good fest” & say nasty things about another religion (as justified as that may be, a ZONING meeting is not the place), and spend the town’s entire budget defending a FEDERAL discrimination lawsuit?
    Your choice. …see more below…

    • Don & Cristina Smith

      August 4, 2017 at 12:49 am

      If I ever needed a lawyer you’d be the first person I’d want to talk to. 🙂

  14. Heywood Jablowme

    August 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Cover it with bacon.

  15. Heywood Jablowme

    August 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    This is nothing a little bit of good old fashioned mob justice couldn’t fix. You folks out there got raise hell and break stuff. Just like in the good old days of the sons of liberty and whisky rebellion. Tar and feather the wayward scallywags. Charge the muslims a jizza like they do to others.

  16. Christie

    August 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Neighbors ought to be concerned especially if there are plans for a Muslim cemetery and they have well water.

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