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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Continued ignorance about Islam in America

Just came across the following news story from MSNBC.com:
Muslim leaders are upset that a homeowner who lives next door to a newly opened mosque has posted a sign on his front lawn that reads "Bomb Making Next Driveway."
Michael Heick lives along a heavily traveled road in Amherst, a Buffalo suburb. The next driveway on the same side of the road is the entrance to the Jaffarya Center.
Heick told local media outlets that he put up the sign last weekend because he was frustrated with how the mosque and town officials handled his complaints that the mosque was built too close to his property and that its bright lights violate town code.
Now I don't see anything in the story about the supposed building codes being violated, but I did find this:
In an interview with local TV network, WGRZ, Commissioner of Building Thomas Ketchum described Heick's allegation about the town as "absolutely false."
He told WGRZ that outstanding issues had caused him to issue a conditional certificate of occupancy for the mosque. It allows the building to be occupied but under the condition that code violations are corrected. 
Okay, so there may be some code issues, but should that cause people nearby to be ignorant and put up offensive signs. I don't know if this guy is a Christian or not, but I do know that Christians should not respond in this manner. If he is a Christian, he should use this as an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with his new neighbors, not tear them down.