Plymouth residents freaking out over proposed mosque

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Jeff Baumann said allowing the mosque would be "treason."
Last night, the Plymouth  Planning Commission held an open meeting to discuss a proposed mosque in the city. The meeting was supposed to be about land use and potential civil engineering questions, but instead opened the door for several citizens to express their anti-Islamic prejudices.

Connie Sambor told the planning commission that there already is a community center in Plymouth, and it doesn't need another. Then things got weird:

"How soon we forget the horrors of 9/11 and subsequent reminders of the Shoe Bomber, Underwear Bomber, the Times Square bomber, the Fort Hood massacre," Sambor said.

"This," she went on, "is an ideology that wants to destroy--" before she was cut off by a commissioner, who tried to remind her that the meeting was not meant for political statements.

Sambor tried to make one last point, which in theory is a reference to land use: "They can find a more appropriate place than downtown Plymouth for this," she said.

Several comissioners reported they had received anti-Islamic e-mails about the mosque, according to MPR.

Speaking in favor of the center was Mateen Ali, who said he was a third-generation resident of Plymouth.

"Plymouth is home to me, I don't know any other place," Ali said, saying he loves the city for its bike trails and farmer's markets. "One thing that's really missing is for our kids, for me, as a family, to go a place where we can hang out and socialize."

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Fawaz Mohiuddin said not letting the mosque be built would discourage people to move to Plymouth.
It sounds like not everyone wants to "hang out." Jeff Baumann, of Coon Rapids, said he was raised in Saudi Arabia and is "very, very informed about Islam." Baumann said he'd fought against Shariah mortgages and attended a board meeting of TiZA, the Islamic charter school.

As Baumann began to read from a book about Islam, he was interrupted, and again Commission Chairman Jim Davis tried to interject with the purpose of the meeting.

"Land use, aiding the enemy, is treason," Baumann said.

"These are not my enemies, sir," Davis said.

Baumann continued, and eventually Davis had his microphone cut, with several others in attendance yelling at Baumann, "Sit down!"

Aside from Baumann, another scene-stealer was Fawaz Mohiuddin, a skinny teenager wearing a Harvard sweatshirt who grew up in the area. Mohiuddin said he didn't want to "talk about small logsitics."

"The people here, the adults -- they talked about the kids a lot -- but the adults here, they're doctors, they're engineers, they're chemists," Mohiuddin said. "They're people who contribute to the city of Plymouth. These are people who are undoubtedly helping the city, they're not burdens on the city.

"Basically," Mohiuddin said, "when you're saying no to this mosque, when you say no to this building, you're saying no to all these people who want to come in and help make Plymouth a better place."

The community center will next be discussed at the Plymouth City Council meeting on August 23, where it will face an up or down vote for approval.


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Cleanairquality
Cleanairquality

To the ignorant individual who called person speaking out against mosque a Nazi .....the fact is that the Nazi's were in league with muslims, muslims who instructed Hitler, Eichmann & Himmler to exterminate 6 million+ Jews as discovered during the Nuremburg trials http://www.palestinefacts.org/...  (excerpt)

"....At the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann's deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal) testified: The Mufti (Mohammad Amin al-Husseini) was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan......"

According to documentation from the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, the Nazi Germany SS helped finance al-Husseini's efforts in the 1936-39 revolt in Palestine. Adolf Eichmann actually visited Palestine and met with al-Husseini at that time and subsequently maintained regular contact with him later in Berlin.....He (Mohammad Amin al-Husseini) then spent the rest of World War II as Hitler's special guest in Berlin" 

Cleanairquality
Cleanairquality

Ignorant liberals....read about who muhammad really was, what he taught his followers, and what teachings of muhammads are still impressed upon muslims 1500 hundred years later....convert or kill non-muslims wherever they are...Read 'Sword of the Prophet' by Serge Trifkovic. Egyptian muslims killing Christians happens even today, Nigerian muslims bombing Christian churches, the killings and terrorist attacks perpetrated by muslims is well documented....the takeover starts one townhall meeting at a time, visit Dearborn, MI.

Annie Branstetter-Spirtos
Annie Branstetter-Spirtos

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."This is a cornerstone to the foundation of our country. What right do the oposed have to deny another citizen THEIR RIGHT to the pursuit of THEIR happiness? I drive through the intersection of Old Rockford and Vickburg 7 days a week and there are not 1, but THREE chuches ON THAT CORNER ALONE!!! Drive a few blocks west and you'll hit another Church. So, what right do you have to deny another their own place of worship? I CALL BUSH*T!!!!!

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Where's that Kirk guy?  I want his take on this.  Let his conservative light shine!

Becky_y_fernan
Becky_y_fernan

Who said Minnesotans are not racists?  Liberals on the outside but racists on the inside. 

Saddam
Saddam

We means you no harm!

E K
E K

Breaking News... Goofballs say dumb things at a Planning Commission meeting... In other news, the sky is blue.

Dipper Well
Dipper Well

According to the story, Bauman the Islamic expert is from Coon Rapids.  Why is he addressing the Plymouth Planning Commission?  What is his interest, besides causing trouble? Why was Chairman Davis so generous in sharing the Commission's time with him?

Guy
Guy

Well, yeah, if you let them build a mosque, the next thing you know, all the good Christian women of Plymouth will be forced to wear burkas, the Lutheran churches will be burned to the ground, hamburgers will be replaced by camel meat, and all the beer will be poured into drains.

Joking, of course.

Anyone who thinks that the US could one day fall under the sway of Sharia law is a paranoid xenophobe. The building of a mosque in Plymouth would be a beautiful manifestation of the dreams of our country's founders.  Unfortunately, those same principles of freedom mean we have to allow even closed-minded bigots a little bit of public forum time. I hope they don't represent the majority of Plymouth residents.

Nathan Hunstad
Nathan Hunstad

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa....Hold everything.Plymouth has a downtown?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

It's just so funny to me that a child has a better understanding of the world and can make a more coherent point than the bigot idiot Tea Party morons.   

vitajex
vitajex

Isn't Baumann a German name?  Hmmm... must be a Nazi. See how easy prejudice can be?

jww
jww

He's off dry-humping his Glenn Beck pillow.

Marina
Marina

Yes, where are you Kirk the jerk!!

Pedro
Pedro

We're not Racist.....We hate EVERYBODY!

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

and lazy smartasses sit at home posting snarky comments with their head up their ass while the teabagging neo nazi's take over our political system at every level.  you're with us or against us, no room for for fence sitters E K,,,

vitajex
vitajex

"hamburgers will be replaced by camel meat,"

Actually, this isn't a bad thing at all!  The camel burger at Safari Express is delicious.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

If you take the time to think about what you just said, I'm positive you'll see your own prejudice shining through.

Cleanairquality
Cleanairquality

To the ignorant individual who called person speaking out against mosque a Nazi .....the fact is that the Nazi's were in league with muslims, muslims who instructed Hitler, Eichmann & Himmler to exterminate 6 million+ Jews as discovered during the Nuremburg trials http://www.palestinefacts.org/...  (excerpt)

"....At the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann's deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal) testified: The Mufti (Mohammad Amin al-Husseini) was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan......"

According to documentation from the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, the Nazi Germany SS helped finance al-Husseini's efforts in the 1936-39 revolt in Palestine. Adolf Eichmann actually visited Palestine and met with al-Husseini at that time and subsequently maintained regular contact with him later in Berlin.....He (Mohammad Amin al-Husseini) then spent the rest of World War II as Hitler's special guest in Berlin"

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