Not Ground Zero it’s not Chicago no, no, no it’s rural Western Kentucky!
Here is the deal some time back the local chicken plant, Pilgrim’s Pride got nervous about the number of illegals they had working there – the local folks didn’t like it and it was becoming a political hot topic as not only did Pilgrim’s Pride just emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy they also had a company wide problem with illegals. So while Pilgrim’s Pride was a large employer in the area they weren’t employing locals as they employed a lot of Hispanics both legal and illegal and in a area high in unemployment this didn’t set well. Since the immigration debate was raging across the country – Pilgrim’s Pride quietly got rid of most of their Hispanic workers and replaced them with Somali workers brought in on a government refugee program – how the hell they end up in rural Kentucky I don’t know, but whatever.
So now most of the Hispanics are gone and they have been replaced by Somalis refugees. And they asked and apply for a permit to open a Mosque in a small building downtown with no parking and do this lack of parking and a small building the permit was refused on August 25, 2010 and on August 26, 2010 a Somali man allegedly tries to kidnap a 12 year old girl was arrested at the address of the purposed Mosque building. Kind of odd don’t you think? No in fairness just like every person in jail he claims he is innocent and didn’t do it – shocker there.
Side note: From my days of working around convicts I never met a single one that was guilty – so I asked them “Then way are you here?”
So here is the story – now I’m going to have to copy all of the articles from West Kentucky Star as their active links change as fast as the wind … Now, I don’t like copying full articles but if Joe, Ro, Donna or Dunker have a problem with it then call me and I’ll fix it.
From the West Kentucky Star written by Joe Jackson (not the song writer)
Board Denies Request for Somali Mosque in Mayfield
By Joe Jackson
MAYFIELD, KY – There will be no Muslim Mosque in Mayfield. The Mayfield Zoning Board on Tuesday denied a group of Somali Muslims’ request for a conditional use permit to open a Mosque in Mayfield.
The board ruled the size of the building was not big enough to hold the number of Somalis who might worship at any given time. The board also said there wasn’t adequate parking at the proposed site at 312 East Broadway.
“There’s really no off-street parking,” Commissioner Don Costello said. “There’s very limited on-street parking and the neighbors say they can’t use the spaces they’re not using. So it came down to parking and public safety.”
Pam Frizzell from New Wave Hair Salon next door to the proposed Mosque site said it would have definitely caused a parking problem for her customers.
“Our patrons have a hard time finding a place to park right now,” Frizell said. “I don’t want my customers to have to walk from two blocks away just to get their hair done.”
The proposed site only has six parking spaces and the section of the building the Somalis wanted to hold religious meetings in can only hold 40 people. City officials estimate there are between 150 and 300 Somalis in Mayfield and Graves County.
City Planner Brad Rodgers said this is the first time the city has denied a religious group a conditional use permit and he says this might not be the last we hear about the issue.
“This issue may not be over,” Rodgers said. “They could choose to go to another building. They could appeal this to the Circuit Court if they so choose. This is probably not a dead issue.”
An overflow crowd filled the council chambers of City Hall Tuesday for the public hearing. More than 100 people were turned away because there was not enough room.
No Somalis attended the hearing. Graves County Sheriff John Davis said one of the Somali petitioners showed up but was turned away by law enforcement by mistake.
Well the Somali lost that permit due to parking and building size – I know the area and that’s a valid concern also the building is very small which would be a problem for a large crowd. So what to do – maybe kidnap a child? Yea that’s it.
Somali Man Charged with Attempted Kidnapping
By Joe Jackson
MAYFIELD, KY – Mayfield police are investigating the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl by a Somali refugee. Police arrested 23-year-old Yusuf Hassan of Mayfield Tuesday at 312 East Broadway.
If that address sounds familiar it’s because that’s the address that a group of Somalis had sought to use as a mosque before Mayfield’s Zoning Board denied it a permit. Hassan has been charged with the attempted kidnapping of a minor.
Police say Hassan approached the girl Tuesday around 5 pm on South Sixth Street. He allegedly grabbed her on the shoulder but the girl shrugged him off. He then grabbed her around the waist and tried to take her to his car which was parked in a nearby lot. The girl broke free and ran to her mother’s workplace nearby.
Police found the car and the girl was able to identify Hassan in a photo lineup. He was arrested and lodged in the Graves County Jail. His bond is set at $100,000.
So what you think about that?
I’ve read dozens of liberal bloggers calling the folks here backwoods rednecks, hicks, inbred, racist, intolerant and about any other derogatory term you can think of – but it’s funny I didn’t here them say a single word about the attempted kidnapping of the young girl by the Somali immigrant. Weird huh?
But it not just us redneck toothless hicks in Western Kentucky denying permits for Mosque they are doing it in Chicago too…