April 6, 2009, - 9:00 pm

Sharia’s Here: Tennessee Muslims Seek Alcohol-Free “Buffer Zones”

By Debbie Schlussel
Say good-bye, America.
Today, American Muslims seek alcohol-free “buffer zones.” Tomorrow, pork-free zones. Next week, monogamy-free zones. And next month, they’ll be seeking infidel-free “buffer zones.”
They ask us to be “tolerant” of their extremism. But they won’t be tolerant of practices that are traditionally American with the new mini-prohibition they are seeking.
The Knoxville News Sentinel is calling this a “cultural divide.” But that’s based on the faulty assumption that we actually have two “cultures” here. Sadly, the paper doesn’t realize that barbarism isn’t culture.
Wake up, America.

On one side of the disagreement is a Muslim mosque, and some of its worshippers are unhappy about plans for a new restaurant that will serve alcohol.


On the opposing end of the clash is a business owner who says he’s invested $1 million to upgrade a blighted building and has tried to accommodate Muslim worshippers during spiritual holidays.
The two entities – The Hill restaurant and the Anoor mosque – are a mere 191 feet apart.
Building owner Trevor Hill wants to offer alcoholic drinks along with home-cooking-style dinner and lunch menus, and he hopes to launch the eatery in about a week. He’ll keep the restaurant open as late at night as is still profitable in hope of appealing to the young residents of Fort Sanders, where the building is located.
The possibility that the restaurant could serve as a local drinking hangout bothers mosque attendees like board member Nadeem Sidiqqi.
Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol, but Sidiqqi said the protest isn’t an attack on drinking in general, just a call for buffer zones for religious establishments.
“People may say ‘we may not want to go to this mosque’ if it’s not a good environment,” Sidiqqi said. “You want an area where you can bring your kids or your family.” . . .
Hill said that he has offered to work with mosque board members during the holy period of Ramadan, when Knoxville-area Muslims often pray at the mosque late into the night.
Hill feels he is being unjustly targeted.
“I’ve taken a building that’s been a total eyesore . . . really gone out on a limb and taken a risk for the benefit of the Fort Sanders community,” he said, explaining that he has a mortgage and roughly a $1 million investment in the building. “It’s not fair for me to be discriminated against any more than it is for them to be discriminated against.”

Hey, dude, welcome to Islam.

The two buildings are 191 feet apart, though the distance between their front doors is longer. . . .
Knoxville’s local beer ordinance establishes a 300-foot buffer zone around churches and other similar institutions for a beer permit but waives the requirement if the establishment is granted a liquor license by the state of Tennessee.
Wanda Day, an employee with the Knoxville Beer Board, said in the past year one or two other establishments have obtained liquor licenses and subsequently beer permits, despite being within 300 feet of a church or school. . . .
Virginia Stooksbury, administrative secretary at the Knoxville ABC office, said she’s heard complaints from a couple members of the Knoxville Muslim community, but unless there’s a legal reason to deny Hill a permit, the office will give him the go-ahead.

Let’s hope. Watch for the Muslims to sue to keep the bar out.
Question: Is it just me, or do you think the bar should be more concerned with how the mosque is ruining the neighborhood than the mosque should be with the bar allegedly “ruining” the neighborhood.
This is a no-brainer about which is more dangerous to America. I never ever heard of one drunk driver flying planes into buildings and instandly murdering 3,000 Americans. Some people are drunk on alcohol. But that can be cured. Some people are drunk on Islam. And, well, there’s no Betty Al-Ford Clinic for them.
I hope the guy makes sure that pork is on the menu.
And working with them to schedule different hours during Ramadan? What the heck is he thinking?
Is this America or an Islamic Republic?
Getting harder and harder to answer the question.
Oh, by the way, you know who also wouldn’t drink alcohol?


20 Responses

13.2 Million Jews < 1.2 Billion Muslims
Remember bullying back in middle school? well according to these statistics this is completely the opposite of how bullying actually works.
Pathetic. محزن . פָּתֵטִי.

crestmarware on April 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

As I said the other week, people should be free to follow their faith. They have no right to impose it upon others who don’t share it. I personally don’t drink alcohol except on social occasions but if others want to drink it, its a personal choice. Ditto with smoking. Islamists want impose their lifestyles on every one else. Sorry, no! This is still America.

NormanF on April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Debbie, I have absoultely had it. I am tired of being engaged in political discussions by people who support higher taxes and bigger government/think Rush is a Nazi/have coexist bumper stickers/think Israelis are the major threat to world peace or any combination of the above. There is really no point to me speaking to the politically insane. I am also tired of pointing out the pitfalls of socialism and income redistribution to people. There’s just no polite way to tell someone they don’t deserve a GD thing they didn’t earn on their own or that the top 5% of earners don’t wish to provide for them. I am occasionally treated like the proverbial turd in a swimming pool due to my opinions, but so far not by anyone that matters to me.

Anonymous1 on April 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Unfortunately it is not just kowtowing to Muslims; the same types of concessions are being made to illegal aliens, gay people with their disgusting and unhealthy habits, and too many other PC groups. As it turns out, when a concession is made to one of these looney groups, it just reinforces the other groups, and starts a cascading attack on Western values. As you say, we are losing, or have already lost. It probably won’t affect us too much in the next few years in our day-to-day lives, except for increases in onerous taxes and a few more nutty regulations, but our children and their children will live under the conditions that the oppressed lived under Communism or Islamic tyranny.

c f on April 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Why the frick do the arabs run all the party stores in the Detroit area if they don’t consume alcohol? I used to buy all my illegal fireworks for the 4th of July from the local arab party store when I lived in MI 15 years ago. I don’t smoke so didn’t purchase any illegal cigarettes. The porn magazines they carried were entertaining though. Allah the pervert child molester would be proud of his religion. A true role model for every arab. I live in Florida and now they just opened a VK arab owned liquer store, with porn mags, and they cut the cases in beer in half for whatever reason, aka detroit. Next we will have cameras on all the gas pumps like they have in detroit… Allah shoild have set a law where arabs couldn’t travel more than 100 miles from there homeland. Maybe we wouldn’t have had a presidente osamma. They are building a mosque in the local suburbs in Orlando, and now are complaining because the county is trying to deny them from intalling speakers to announce the call to prayer 5 times a day. Orlando ain’t Hamtramik, or is it…?

longa50 on April 6, 2009 at 10:57 pm

educate yourself before speaking and embarrassing yourself.
Not all Arabs are Muslims.
“Arab” is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the rise of Islam, with historically attested Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jews.

crestmarware on April 6, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Dear crestmarware:
I’ll bet you don’t live in Detroit/Dearborn.
You can’t even park on a public street next to a mosque – they consider it their territory.

rickster on April 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

Dear rickster:
And we are letting them to be theirs for real.
What a miserable end.

Daniel on April 7, 2009 at 1:01 am

When black racist cum muslim, Rap Brown, was on trial for murdering a cop, 2 women sought control of his assets, based on marital “rights.” Polygamy is fairly common among Muslims in the West. Some use wealth gathered in the West, as an opportunity to wed 2nd and 3rd women in their homelands. Of course, as soon as phony refugees get citizenship, they visit their “persecutor” homeland; many begin supporting the tyrannical governments.
As for muslim sovereignty, any land occupied by muslims is treated as given by allah. UK Muslim travel agencies NEVER refer to “Spain”; it is Andalusia. Of course, the current leader of Spain is at the forefront of the “Co-operation of Civilizations” answer to “clash” ideas. Muslims love his dhimmism.

supercargo on April 7, 2009 at 4:19 am

i hope he serves bacon marinated in Jack just to spite them. if they don’t want to drink, that’s their business, but do not tell me a restaurant can’t serve booze, that’s how they make money.

mindy1 on April 7, 2009 at 7:09 am

[I never ever heard of one drunk driver flying planes into buildings and instandly murdering 3,000 Americans.]
No, drunk drivers just kill thousands of Americans one or few at a time.

Norman Blitzer on April 7, 2009 at 7:50 am

We will not be satisfied until we are all slaves to these excuses for Human Beings. At least I can say my children who are age 13 and up are actually seeing the left for what they are. Yesterday they came to me asking why Obama was destroying their future. There is hope for a return to sanity

mfee01 on April 7, 2009 at 8:36 am

Let them drink and be merry.
Norman Blitzer, well drunk drivers are not in their fully capacitated state. They may be irresponsible but the choice is not in the sober state of mind. They don’t go out planning to plow people over. That is why they aren’t charged with first degree murder. However flying a plane into building was done with full thought and deliberation in a fully sober state of mind.
Hitler may not have drank but he was a big time meth user.

californiascreaming on April 7, 2009 at 9:03 am

There are several other religions in this country that don’t allow alcohol consumption, wearing makeup, watching TV, and have strict dietary guidlines. I have yet to see any of them dictating policy to the local business community.
Respect goes both ways, and I have yet to see Muslims respect anyone other then themselves.

wolf2012 on April 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

Debbie, I’m glad you brought this to your readers attention. I live approximately 1 hour and 15 mins. from Knoxville. In my smally county we have a dry county but that was by the residences chouces. And it should be noted that most of the residences are very conservative and mostly christian. But, Knoxville is where the main campus is for University of Tennessee.
The news of what this mosque is demanding hit my area and the entire state for that matter. Tenn., is a republician/conservative state. My small town has gotten behind the restaurant owner. Since he’s trying to look out for himself and provide for his family. As well as trying to add jobs when the economy is in shambles. Knowing how things work here. I’m confident the restaurant owner will get his liquior license, sinces it’s been revealed he has a sqweeky clean background. And though a lawsuit will occur. I am betting this lawsuit will be thrown out of court or never win. The law is the law, and it’s followed in this state.
But, what is troubling is that the muslims are trying to do this in the first place. And that has a lot of people in Tennessee pissed off. And most of the people are now worried the mosque will simply move to another location. Since they have no real legal ground to stand on. Nashville which I live between the two cities happens to have a large somalian community and seems to be getting bigger by the day. All this muslim activity is very concerning to the great people of Tennessee. And since the state is mostly rural/farming community. You better bet people have several guns in their homes. And not affraid to use them. A lot of people here believe that we’re going to have all out revolt due to muslims and the Obama administration.
I kid you not. Ammo (even at Wal-Mart) is always out of supply or you’re limited to how much you can get due to short supply. Reasoning being, is people around these parts are stocking up on handgun ammo and shotgun ammo. Because the people believe Obama is going to tax the ammo, so it’s not affordable to obtain. And then you add the muslim situation into the mix. And you can see why Tennessee people are stocking up on ammo.
This is getting ridiculous in what the muslims demand and trying to dictate to real Americans what we can and cannot do. I can assure you that a lot of people are backing this restaurant owner. And even have a collection of money. Just in cast the owner needs the funds to defend his establishment in a civil court. People here help one another out, especially for a good cause. It’s one of the reasons I took my promotion and moved here. I work in Nashville, but I live in the country. I will keep you posted as what direction this goes in Debbie. And you’re right about the lawsuit. Since the mosque has already said they are prepared to sue if a liquior license is approved. And mark my words on this….the muslims will lose this one. And hopefully this will send a powerful statement to the rest of the good citizens of America.
Muslims just need to go home. And this mosque should’ve been smart enough to check out the local zoning laws before they started their false house of worship. This time the law will work in favor of the restaurant owner. That is my prediction. Where I live we have a bunch of churches and not a single mosque. As a dry county, the muslims still wouldn’t come here. Not because we’re a small community. We are close to the two cities of Nashville and Knoxville. It’s because the people here wouldn’t put with the muslim’s bullsh*t. And that’s a fact.
Again, thank you for bring this to the forefront of your readers and people who peruse your website. I think this is a case that needs to be watched very closely. Well done Debbie.

Tenn Scholar on April 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

Hi Deb,
Brought back memories of my childhood when after davening [DS: Praying] my zaida [DS: Grandfather] and his cronies would protest the existence of every rib joint and pizzaria within spitting distance of the shul. Not sure why, but I think such places might have offended them.
Not. They were too busy going to night school, learning English and trying to get absorbed into what used to be America.
Too bad they didn’t just bring Russia over here. Then we could be living under the Tsar and not be bothered with that guy who sucks up up to the Turks.
Chag kosher v’someach [DS: A Kosher and Happy Holiday–Passover] to you.
Joe B.

Joe B. on April 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I don’t see the problem. Just don’t serve musloms alcohol. Whats wrong with that?

Scott on April 7, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I am very far left but even I agree this is ridiculous.
If someone owns an establishment, then they should be able to do what they please with it.

TANGERYMINE on April 7, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Sidiqqi said. “You want an area where you can bring your kids or your family.”
I suggest Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan.

planck's constant on April 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I say we should give muslims tast of
clean water.free of alcohol all dinners
places should keep fresh water mix with
piss.That will be good for people like

tom hate islam on April 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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