Liberal Town Bans Christians From Using These Words

  • 08/02/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
Bernards Township, New Jersey, has banned residents from using the word “Islam” or “Muslims” at an upcoming public hearing to approve a mosque.

The bizarre settlement comes after the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) sued Bernards Township for denying zoning approval for the Islamic society to build a mosque—claiming that the plot of land was too small to handle the large building.

In addition to denying its own residents from using the word “Islam” or “Muslims” at the upcoming zoning hearing, Bernards Township also agreed to pay the ISBR $3.25 million in taxpayer dollars and publicize its anti-discrimination policy by taking out ads in the local newspaper.

The settlement, which ends both the lawsuit from the ISBR and a complaint from the Department of Justice, was upheld by a federal judge.

But residents of the town are not taking this settlement lightly.

Two residents, Christopher and Loretta Quick, who live less than 200 feet from the proposed mosque, have filed a suit—arguing that the settlement violates their right to free speech, and violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. They’re being represented, for no fee, by the Thomas More Law Center, a Judeo-Christian liberty law nonprofit.

The Quicks’ lawsuit claims that because the settlement prohibits residents from discussing Islam at all, they’re unable to bring up controversial topics at the zoning hearing—like the height of architectural elements like minarets, or traffic control problems that may results from Muslims praying multiple times a day.

They also argue that, because both ISBR and Bernards Township residents are able to make comments about Christians and Jews, it constitutes an unconstitutional establishment of religion—essentially, the town is giving special perks to Islam.

The lawsuit has been filed in the New Jersey District Court.
 Source: AAN
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