December 1, 2009, - 10:47 am

Hey, Want a Mosque Parking Lot Next to Your House? The Arrogance of Islam, Cowardice of the West

By Debbie Schlussel

Imagine this:  You’ve worked hard all of your life.  You’ve managed to pay off your house in an upwardly mobile Detroit area suburb, and you plan to live there for the rest of it.  But, suddenly, Muslims buy the home next door and turn it into a mosque, right smack-dab in the middle of your neighborhood and next door to you.  But, wait, it gets worse, the mosque members want to transform the front lawn and driveway into a parking lot.  And soon, very soon, they will insist of broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer at all hours of the day and night.  And you will have to see a crowded parking lot next door and hear the call to prayer falsely claiming that allah is the only god.

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Well, if you are Bent and Renee Boving, ages 89 and 81, respectively, and the other residents of a Northville, Michigan neighborhood, you don’t have to imagine it.  It’s a nightmare that’s very real.

Sadly, and predictably, Northville Township authorities are cowering and are set to to grant the Muslims and their mosque extraordinary variances to do all of this.  It’s happening all over America.  When neighbors oppose these monstrosities in the middle of their neighborhoods, as Warren, Michigan residents did several years ago, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department breathe down officials’ necks and warn that opposing the mosques and refusing to grant them special privileges will result in federal lawsuits forcing it down their throats.

Mohammad Usman wants Muslims in Novi and the Northville communities to have a convenient place to pray.

Many Muslims in the area travel to Canton or Farmington Hills if they want to attend daily prayers.

So sad, too bad. So, they have to drive 15 minutes. My heart bleeds. That’s the price of faith. It’s not supposed to be easy . . . unless it’s Islam and the religion is trying to assert itself on everyone else.

But the location of the Meadowbrook Islamic Center, at 41885 Eight Mile in Northville Township, has some neighbors complaining. The center, which is not yet in use, is in a residential area and occupies a single-family home. Some neighbors also are opposed to the center’s plans to create a parking lot on the front lawn.

“We’re being invaded,” said Bent Boving, 89, from his home next door. “I’m vigorously opposed to this.”

Boving and his wife, Renee Boving, 81, said their opposition isn’t based on religion. Instead, the couple say they foresee problems from traffic, vehicle pollution and noise.

“We have no problems with diversity,” Renee Boving said.

Neighbor Steve McGuirk, 53, agreed. “The biggest thing is they want to take the whole front yard up with a parking lot.”

Jennifer Frey, community development director for Northville Township, said about 150 residents attended a Nov. 18 meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals on the issue.

At the meeting, the center, which bought the home in June, was requesting two variances. One would allow it to build a 42-space parking lot; the other deals with the house’s proximity to the road.

Normally, such a parking lot would have to be behind the building, but township officials said there is not enough room. The zoning board, which asked that the center consider a smaller parking lot, tabled action until Dec. 16.

Uh, yeah, there usually isn’t enough room for a parking lot on a lot for a home in the middle of a residential neighborhood. That’s not rocket science. Here’s an idea for these arrogant Muslims: try buying a lot in an area zoned for business, instead of asserting your religion–and a parking lot–on a quiet residential neighborhood.

Usman said some days prayers could draw as many as 100 people. Usman, a township resident since 1996 who chairs the center’s Board of Trustees, said the impact on the lives of those nearby would be minimal.

Minimal? You live in a quiet middle-class neighborhood and, five times a day, you could have 100 cars parked all over the front lawn, next door, and on your street? That’s “minimal”? Hate to see what “maximal” would be. And it won’t just be 100 cars. The traffic will grow and more and more Muslims come to this mosque, this country, and are born into high birth-rate Muslim families.

“We are very peaceful people,” he said. “We will not do anything to do harm to the community.”

He dismissed concerns from neighbors that the center would institute the Muslim call to prayer, a public broadcast of which had been a contentious issue at mosques in Hamtramck and elsewhere.

“Peaceful”?  Notice that he “dismissed” the concerns about the call to prayer, but didn’t commit that the mosque won’t do it. And, ultimately, it certainly will. I hope the people in this neighborhood enjoy waking up as early as 4:30 in the morning and, at the same time, staying up as late as 11:00 p.m. The Bovings will hear it loud and clear, since they live right next door.

Good luck with that.  So, when do the minarets go up?

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61 Responses

First let me state that this “Mosque” directly affects my family, as I live right behind it. This has NOTHING to do with Religion. This is about a 42 car parking lot being put in the front yard of a 4600 sq ft. home. The house is on 2.5 acres and set back quite away from the road. The front yard is open, just trees on the side. We (the neighbors) don’t want to look at it(the parking lot). They (Meadowbrooke Islamic Center)are asking for variances on 1) the back of the house to the back property line. It is supposed to be 50 ft, the house currently sits at 48′ 4″. 2) The west property line to the edge of the parking lot. I believe it’s supposed to be 100ft, and they want it 50ft. Also, this property is NOT in the middle of a subdivision, it’s on a main road on the outside of the sub. In the November meeting the Twp. asked them to reduce the lot from 42 cars to 34 cars and submit a new plan. They did that and the meeting was last night. We asked the “lawyer” representing the MIC, if these are not granted, what is plan B? To which his answer was “There is no plan B”. But only 5 minutes later did he start talking about leveling a perfectly good home to build a new building right on the road and parking in the back. You might think 2.5 acres is a lot, but this lot is an odd shape, think of 2 rectangles, one main big one and a second that is about 40ft wide by 300 ft long. The smaller of the two is in the back of the property and they cannot use. So at the end of the night, the TWP decided that this property was not right for this type of use, in fact they are worried about “over use”. They decided NOT to grant the variances. Which means No parking lot. I’m just afraid that they are now going to pursue leveling the home. Which I will be at that meeting also. I forgot to mention, they purchased this property for less then 1/3 of the previous owner, due to forecloser. So I don’t see why they can’t sell it for a profit, and use that money to buy land a couple miles down the road and build what they want.

MC on January 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I came upon this site, whilst looking for Mosques and parking problems. Here in England the British have totally capitulated to Islam. 1200 signatures were collected against the Mosque. The council used all the tacticks known. The petition is invalid. We have lost petition, etc. After all the wranglings the Muslims got thier Mosque built. A once quaint British Village now resembles an Islamic district, and annoyingly the British with thier “Dunkirk spirit”, were turncoats they ran off and left it to the Hindus and Sikh to fight. Needless to say the Council had a vested intrest to succumb to the block Islamic vote. The Mosque which now stands and dominates the area, has violated 56 stautes yet a blind eye is turned. Law enforcment individuals turn a blind eye to parking and noise violations. Why? In the intrest of “community cohesiion”. This basically means do not upset those who shout the loudest and employ violence. America take a note. Do not take the British stance, run, run, run, till we get to Austrailia. Their own country has been overtaken, to where the minority, now overtake the majority. The concept of multiculturalism is a total farce. There are pockets of English and all the major inner cities are now over run with mainly Muslim populus. Did 7/7 not wake the british up? The British will moan and groan yet do jack! Now look at them. Servants in thier own homes. Take note. The Muslims, see you as infidels and see you as expendible.

H Hansji on April 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Hello,
You seem like a very biased woman who is out against Islam. Your article does not seem as if you are against the mosque, but rather,

against the whole entire faith itself. By making rude remarks about someone else’s religion Ms. Schlussel,
how do you ever expect for someone to respect you?

The mosque idea is not that good because of location, NOT religion.
Get your facts and head straight please.

Malina on August 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

When a FAITH – your FAITH perhaps – encourages its followers to KILL THE JEW WHEREVER YOU FIND HIM (yes, I paraphrase ‘cuz I’m too tired to find the exact words.) then I say to you, “YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED HERE!”

HOW ABOUT INVITING THE NEIGHBORS TO ATTEND A SERVICE IN WHICH YOUR HOLY MAN/MEN CONDEMN THE MURDERERS OF DANIEL PEARL? THE BOMBERS AT THE BOSTON MARATHON? THE 9-11 BASTARDS?

Question: WHEN A MOSQUE IS BUILT, DOES THAT MEAN THE LAND DEFAULTS TO ISLAM/MUSLIMS IN PERPETUITY?

Sorry, I want a beer…

Dennis on July 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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