In what appears to be becoming a regular occurrence, a right-wing group in the US is protesting the building of a mosque. Despite having absolutely no grounds to block the mosque, they turned up at a local council meeting to voice their opposition to its formation in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The local Masjid al-Hudad has purchased a former Catholic church in the city because its congregation has grown so much that it needs more space for worship. But not everyone has taken so kindly to this, with members of the Christian Civil Liberties Union arguing that it should not be allowed.
One member, Bob Braun, even went as far as predicting violence.
"There's going to be, I predict, bloodshed one of these years coming up," he said.
Another member, Kevin Johnson, said, “I'm here because I am trying to encourage Christians to stand up for their Christian beliefs.”
But his call to protest seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The mayor, Erik Brooks, let the protesters speak at the council meeting, but said that he welcomed the mosque.
“It's important that we send a welcoming message and a welcoming tone to the mosque and to the members of the mosque,” he said.
During the meeting, one local high school student defended the plans to build the mosque, arguing that freedom of religion is integral to the values of the US.
“I couldn't let people be denied freedom of religion in a country that's based upon your freedom of religion and your freedom to practice your own beliefs. It's un-American and it's unacceptable,” he said.
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