by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
The planning commission of Sterling Heights, Michigan voted on Thursday on a request for a building permit for the construction of a huge new mosque in the Detroit suburb. When the vote was announced, the reaction of the crowd was unmistakable, and is causing anger among area Muslims.
As reported by WXYZ in Detroit, city hall was filled to capacity with 240 people anxiously awaiting the results. Then the unanimous, 9-0 vote was announced — to deny the permit. Here’s how the crowd responded:
The hall erupted in applause, with around 500 more citizens outside chanting “No more mosques” and “God Bless America.”
While the fight centered around the massive size of the planned mosque – 20,500 square feet – and it’s location in a residential area, some residents feared it would potentially be linked to extremism.
Mosque leaders said they offered to change the size and design of the project, to no avail.
Incidentally, nearby Dearborn, with a population of nearly 100,000, has the largest concentration of Muslims in the United States – nearly 30% of its residents.
Here’s a full local media report on the vote, with the usual liberal deference to Muslims, and minimal attention paid to the concerns of the residents: