Meanwhile back in Hamtramck, Michigan (see photo above), shariah marches on in the first American city to elect a Muslim majority city council. Over at the WashPo, reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey has a nice puff piece up on the city’s gradual transition to Muslim law. Think I’m kidding? Stop reading now. Interested in what will soon enough come to your home town? Here are some excerpts from Bailey’s column, along with my comments:
HAMTRAMCK, MICH. — Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor about the big political news.
Earlier this month, the blue-collar city that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a majority-Muslim council.
It’s the second tipping for Hamtramck (pronounced Ham-tram-ik), which in 2013 earned the distinction becoming of what appears to be the first majority-Muslim city in the United States following the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia over a decade.
In many ways, Hamtramck is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris: The influx of Muslims here has profoundly unsettled some residents of the town long known for its love of dancing, beer, paczki pastries and the pope.
Those fears of some residents are not resounding within the halls of America’s major political power. For Hamtramck’s fearful Infidels, who are now the voting minority, the scale has already tipped far beyond the point of balance. It’s too late for them. And Barack Obama is neither slowing down nor pausing with his plan to import more Muslims for resettlement in the USA.
“It’s traumatic for them,” said Majewski, a dignified-looking woman in a brown velvet dress, her long, silvery hair wound in a loose bun…
That’s just too bad for them. They’ve lost the political power by virtue of demographic changes: There are more voting Muslims in the town than there are non-Muslims.
…Majewski, whose family emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century, admitted to a few concerns of her own. Business owners within 500 feet of one of Hamtramck’s four mosques can’t obtain a liquor license, she complained, a notable development in a place that flouted Prohibition-era laws by openly operating bars. The restrictions could thwart efforts to create an entertainment hub downtown, said the pro-commerce mayor.
I’ll make a wager that the ban on liquor licenses will soon enough extend to the city limits. The penalty under Shariah (Muslim law) for consuming alcoholic beverages is flogging. The city council won’t be able to institute that punishment for awhile. So, until there are enough Muslims in the country to accomplish that one, the next best thing is just to eliminate alcohol sales and possession within Hamtramck. Don’t think those Muslim council members haven’t discussed it in private already. They have.
And while Majewski advocated to allow mosques to issue calls to prayer, she understands why some longtime residents are struggling to adjust to the sound that echos through the city’s streets five times each day.
“There’s definitely a strong feeling that Muslims are the other,” she said. “It’s about culture, what kind of place Hamtramck will become. There’s definitely a fear, and to some degree, I share it.”
Her feeling about Islam being of the other are right on the target. But, in Hamtramnck, the other is in charge now.
Saad Almasmari, a 28-year-old from Yemen who became the fourth Muslim elected to the six-member city council this month, doesn’t understand that fear.
Oh, I think he understands that fear. And he is probably delighted by that fear, ‘though he won’t ever admit it in public.
Almasmari, the owner of an ice cream company who campaigned on building Hamtramck’s struggling economy and improving the public schools, said he is frustrated that so many residents expect the council’s Muslim members to be biased. He spent months campaigning everywhere in town, knocking on the doors of mosques and churches alike, he said.
Of course they’re not biased. Why would people expect that? Wonder why no one can get a liquor license within five-hundred feet of one of the town’s four mosques? I wonder what that’s about.
“I don’t know why people keep putting religion into politics,” said Almasmari, who received the highest percentage of votes (22 percent) of any candidate. “When we asked for votes, we didn’t ask what their religion was.”…
Now, that one is a real laugher. In Islam there is no separation between church and state. They are one and the same. Mr. Almasmari knows that. He’s a Muslim. He knows the Muslim law. He’s engaging in a bit of taqiyya (deception) here.
…Many longtime residents point to 2004 as the year they suspected that the town’s culture had shifted irrevocably. It was then that the city council gave permission to al-Islah Islamic Center to broadcast its call to prayer from speakers atop its roof.
“The Polish people think we were invading them,” said Masud Khan, one of the mosque’s leaders, recalling that time in an interview earlier this month. “We were a big threat to their religion and culture. Now their days are gone.”…
Yes. They’re gone, alright. And there you have it. Muhammad’s master plan is working, even in the New World.
…The discord intensified in the weeks before the election, beginning when several senior citizens living in an apartment complex complained about the volume of the 6 a.m. call to prayer from a nearby mosque.
Susan Dunn, who was on her fifth unsuccessful run for city council, raised the issue before the governing body.
“I have my own rights, as well,” she said while baking her son’s birthday cake in her kitchen. “I’m not a hater. It wasn’t a calculated move.”
At one point as she spoke, a mosque close to Dunn’s house began broadcasting the call to prayer. “You try reading a book in your back yard while your dog is barking to that,” Dunn said, clearly exasperated.
Read the entire piece. You may rest assured that what has come to Hamtramck, Michigan is coming soon enough to places like Scottsdale, Arizona, or wherever you may call home.
It’s only a matter of time. It’s called an invasion.
Thanks to Drudge for the links.