Many communities are stymied by Islamist cultural schemes in concert with the political Left’s attacks on citizens who defend American traditions and constitutional principles. From mosque building plans to Muslim settlements in the community, there is confusion about how to discuss culture and how to define community values. Generous religious protections apply for organizations seeking to exercise religious freedoms, including the siting of a religious facility. Islamic expressions of faith are protected by these federal and constitutional laws. However, there is no allowance for misleading municipal planning officials and eluding the structural rules.
This guide provides case studies and legal insight into local zoning processes along with suggested roles for residents who wish to engage in oversight. There is also advice for those who will stay engaged after a mosque is sited, defending communities from those Islamist operations that incubate radicalization and design to spread Islamism’s dictates into the community. Assisting in the effort, a group called Muslims for Reform has issued a clarion call to Americans willing to confront Islamist campaigns. America has a singular opportunity to avoid the fate of Europe and this book offers the uniquely American free speech opportunities that may provide the foundations upon which self-determination and individual liberty may be protected and advanced.
About the Author
Karen Lugo has worked at the intersection of law, politics, and culture for years. As a lawyer, constitutional law instructor, and clinical professor, she taught foundational constitutional principles and also co-authored briefs to the United States Supreme Court with some of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars. These appellate briefs covered issues like expressive religious rights, material support for terrorism, First Amendment free speech, NSA surveillance, government-sponsored prayer, federalism, and separation of powers. Her father was a minister and Ms. Lugo has defended religious assembly interests under RLUIPA (federal law) provisions. She is known for her interest in building alliances with America’s compatible Muslims who are seeking constitutionally sound responses to Islamism’s challenges.