Some Oppose L.I. Mosque’s Expansion Plan

SELDEN, N.Y. (1010 WINS/CBS 2) — The Islamic Association of Long Island has been in Selden for 29 years and is now planning to modernize and expand the site.

Some neighbors attended a hearing Monday night to oppose the plan.

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“We’re just wondering why with a larger population of Muslims, why wouldn’t you try to find a new location,” Nicole Grimaldi said.

Leaders of the 400-member congregation, located on Park Hill Drive, said they have outgrown the 5,600 square foot mosque and intend to increase the site by over 2,000 square feet.

Many opponents are concerned about traffic and safety.

“This is not an issue with their faith,” Anthony Agostino said. “You can not get up the street with a car or with an emergency vehicle.”

An attorney for the Islamic Association told Newsday that the mosque started holding prayer twice a day on Fridays so not all worshippers are there at once.

“Since 1981 until now there are no accidents on this street, no problems on this street,” mosque director Abdullah Zarach Aziz said. “The constitution of the United States gives us the freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”

Supporters of the mosque believe opposition stems from racism.

“I think it’s probably Islamaphobia,” one woman said.

“Everybody’s scared I guess,” another said. “I’ve had no problems with them as a neighbor.”

And Monday morning, as folks like Agnes Ross got their mail, they found anti-mosque literature with the bills.

“I don’t understand why; there’s larger spaces. They could sell that and buy — a big enough thing to handle everything,” Ross told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Two doors over though, Robert Rodgers said freedom of religion is on the mosque’s side.

“I know I’m not going to be very popular with that,” Rodgers said.

Worshipers at the mosque, though, said this is all being stirred up for another reason.

“That’s probably because of Manhattan,” the Islamic Association’s Syed Hashmi said.

There’s an interesting side note to all this. Some people opposed to the mosque told Guzman that when they found the flyers in their mailboxes, put there by people opposed to the mosque, they didn’t like someone putting that in their mailboxes.

The town of Brookhaven’s planning board is expected to decide on the expansion plan by Oct. 13.

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  • Anessa

    I am so so surprised that so many of you are such racists in a country that is
    made of immigrants,,, white, brown and yellow. Shame on you. What values are you teaching your children. In the name of FREEDOM wake up and realize that we are all human beings with the same DNA. Murderers are murderous, condemn them only.

  • Sgeo

    I have no idea who nathan is, sorry.

    For the sake of argument, let’s suppose that, in any population of Muslims, 10% are murderous (not true, and it does vary by location). Let’s also suppose that it’s only Muslims that are murderous (again, not true). Does that make it right to exterminate Muslims? NO. You would also exterminate many innocent people. Of course, if the second hypothetical were true, it would make sense to do racial profiling, but it’s not. That’s a separate issue.

    By analogy, some men rape. Wherever there are men, men rape. Most rapes are done by men. Does this mean that men should be exterminated?

  • Dan the Te

    Don’t bother posting any facts or truths that shows the murderous muslims for what they are. CBS will just censor it. CBS has a long history of dictatorial censorships. Freedom of Speech only applies if you agree with them.

    Just google “CBS CENSOR” and you get millions of hits.

    • Sgeo

      Some Muslims are murderous. So are some Christians. So are some Jews. So are some atheists. A few Muslims are murderous in the name of their religion. Same with Christians. I’m not entirely sure about Jews. I don’t think any atheists have been murderous in the name of non-belief, but I could be mistaken.

      • DanTe

        Yes Sgeo/nathan. There are always some bleeding heart imbecile like you here who will post that it’s just a few individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And you also continues to blank out of your empty head the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

        FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-Slimes, sh-!t happens.

        China — sh-!t happens
        (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

        India — sh-!t happens
        (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

        Middle East — sh-!t happens
        (suicide bombers that kill little children)

        Russia — sh-!t happens
        (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

        South East Asia — sh-!t happens
        (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

        Europe — sh-!t happens
        (suicide bombers that kill little children)

        USA — 9/11 happened

        Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
        All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

        Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio.

  • Nemesis xyz

    They need to be taught about BIRTH CONTROL. They are supposed to be on birth control so they can go to college. I’ve seen Islamic women begging on subways with cards that say, “I have 5 children and I cannot feed them.” Duh, if you can’t afford to have 5 kids, DON’T! Have them on the MOON.

  • Nemesis xyz

    If the Islamists are in the U.S, to become ASTRONAUTS then it’s ok, otherwise, they should be deported.

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  • Proud Agnostic

    ILovetaxes:Go to the wizard of oz and ask him for a brain.You philistine creep.

    • Sgeo

      Where do the churches get all their money from? WHY ARE THE SPINELESS POLITICIANS SO SILENT?

      • DanTe

        Do you, Sgeo, even know what an Agnostic is??

        Thanks for proving once again that mu-slimes and mu-slime lovers are born stupid. You can’t possibly be working that hard at being that stupid. Just too much work.

  • Proud Agnostic

    These mosques (breeding grounds for terrorist savages)are spreading like a cancer.WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?!WHY ARE THE SPINELESS POLITICIANS SO SILENT!?

    • Ilovetaxes

      Wow…did you put on your white hood before you typed that comment….

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