Idaho: Twin Falls Muslims get mosque permit approved…same day

TETONA DUNLAP’s unabashed and unchallenged Islamic propaganda,via Twin Falls Muslims work to educate locals, expand mosque – seattlepi.com.

On Dec. 9, members of the Islamic Center of Twin Falls applied for a special use permit to expand and erect a new building on their site at 455 Addison Ave. The permit was approved the same day.

The next step is to get a building permit. But the nonprofit might need two or three years to raise $200,000 to build its 2,500-square-foot structure, said Imad Eujayl, center spokesman.

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Belgium and elsewhere have drawn much attention to Muslims, and stereotypes abound.

Indeed, two Muslims who frequent the Islamic Center here declined to be identified in the Times-News, saying public knowledge of their religion could hurt their business.

But many others said they feel secure in Twin Falls, a city noted for its Refugee Center and constant influx of foreign immigrants. An estimated 1,000 Muslims live in the Magic Valley.

One of their priorities is to enlighten others about the true meaning of Islam.

Local Muslims want their new center to be a place where people can visit and learn about Islam. If an elementary school is learning about Muslims, the center could serve as an educational site, Eujayl said.

Local Muslims have made presentations at Xavier Charter School, Magic Valley High School and the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Eujayl was a guest speaker at the Magic Valley Arts Council in 2013, addressing cultural diversity in the community and Islam.

“They could learn proper lessons of Islam, not from the media, but from a Muslim,” Eujayl said.

For the past two years, local Bosnian Muslims have gathered to remember more than 8,000 of their countrymen massacred by the Serbs at Srebrenica in 1995. Their remembrance of the genocide is held in a strip mall meeting room off Filer Avenue. The new Islamic Center will hold such events once it is built, Eujayl said.

Eujayl, who was born and raised in Al-Jazeera, Sudan, moved to the U.S. in 1999 and became a citizen in 2005. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agri-science from the University of Al-Jazeera-Sudan and a Ph.D in plant molecular genetics from the University of Helsinki-Finland. Eujayl works in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research center in Kimberly.

 Refugee Resettlement Blog has more: Construction of new mosque in Twin Falls, ID the result of Muslim refugee influx

You should know at the outset that the refugee program in Idaho is a Wilson-Fish program which means the state of Idaho government itself (including elected officials) have absolutely no say in the program.

In truth, no states can veto anything the feds and their contractors do (I don’t know any that have tried!), it’s just in Wilson-Fish states the secrecy surrounding resettlement is even worse.  Refugee resettlement is a complete abrogation of State’s rights under the US Constitution, but has never been challenged as far as we know.

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