CAIR today expressed concern over the “improper” opposition by the Mayor of Sterling Heights to a proposed mosque in that city. In a recent Facebook post, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor stated, “I am opposed to this mosque being built on 15 Mile Road.” Taylor also referred to Muslim terrorists abroad in his post.
His opposition comes in the midst of recent anti-Muslim comments by residents, which have been made in two city government meetings and coincide with an anti-mosque protest of more than 200 people opposed to the proposed mosque. A planning commission hearing for the proposed mosque is set for September 10 at 7 p.m.
“Mayor Taylor’s public opposition to the mosque not only calls into question his commitment to the civil rights of all residents of Sterling Heights but also his potentially wielding improper influence in upcoming proceedings relating to the mosque’s zoning,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. Walid also noted that CAIR-MI has contacted the Department of Justice (DOJ) mosque opposition in Sterling Heights.
FYI: Dawud Walid of CAIR is a radical Muslim antisemite as well.
Detroit News More than 200 residents, some fearing lowered property values, lined a section of 15 Mile near Mound Saturday morning to protest a plan to build a mosque at the site.
Many of the demonstrators waved American flags and crosses, others carried signs like “Wrong place” and “Build homes on this site” and “No mosque.” Some chanted “Vote No on land review” concerning the 20,500-square foot mosque planned on four and a half acres of largely undeveloped property between Hatherly Place and Davison Drive.
Police who monitored the event described it as peaceful but had to caution several demonstrators, for their own safety, to stand back from the busy 15 Mile traffic after several stuck their hands and signs out towards passing motorists.
“We said no to this (plan) earlier this month — that should be the end of it,” said Mark Cacho, who lives on 15 Mile directly across from the site. “Take it somewhere else. This is a neighborhood, we don’t need anymore traffic. This is America and everyone expresses what they feel.”
Many packed the meeting earlier this month, hotly debating the project for more than four hours and stalling a vote for special land use. The property is currently zoned single-family residential but approval can be made for a house of worship.
“We are upset because it is a mosque being planned in a residential Catholic community,” said Debbie Rossi, a long-time city resident, who also lives across from the site. “We live here because it is a residential community. Now we have deer and fox and beautiful trees. I don’t want to hear calls for prayer five times a day.”
“There is already enough traffic along 15 Mile Road,” she said. “The site being planned is supposedly for 400 people but they have only 100 parking spaces. Where are the other cars going to be parked? They are going to be parked along our streets in our neighborhood. Realtors said we can expect a 30 percent drop in our property values. We don’t need this. It’s a bad, bad idea.”
A site plan shown at the August 13 meeting detailed plans of the 20,500 square foot building with a 3,200 square foot main worship area for 325 people. Plans showed 130 parking spaces.
Three pro-mosque demonstrators showed up late in the event and stood on the outskirts of the group carrying their own signs which read: “Islam Loves You” “We support the mosque” and “What is this really about?”
Police broke up a heated argument between the three, including one man carrying a copy of the Koran, and the much larger group of anti-mosque demonstrators. All were advised that everyone had a right to free speech and the event continued without further incident.