On Monday night, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:
… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.
After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.
Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:
Williams said she voted against the application because she did not think a religious center should operate inside a retail shopping center.
“I believe it’s a retail space. It’s as plain and simple as that,” Williams said.
Well… okay. I guess that makes some sense. She’s a woman of principle and she’s stickin–
Yet Williams and all four other council members voted unanimously in July to allow a Pentecostal church in a retail center when the council approved Redeemed Christian Fellowship Church to use a 4,000 square-foot unit in a center on the corner of Ben King Road and Cherokee Street.
Ah. Now I get it…
The rules don’t apply to Christians because they’re Christians. If the Muslims were Christians, then they’d be approved, too. See?! The solution is that simple.
There are no plans to file a lawsuit against the city council, but the Muslim group’s lawyer is advising them to take that step. I’d fully support them if they did.
(Image via Facebook. Thanks to Wesley for the link)