Amidst Protests, Orland Park Mosque Moves Closer to Opening

May 27, 2004

Source: Daily Southtown

On May 27, 2004 the Daily Southtown reported, "In front of crowd of more than 300 people on the brink of eruption, Orland Park's first mosque cleared its second-to-last hurdle Wednesday night. After a 3-to-0 vote, it now heads for consideration by the full village board June 21.... Opponents of the mosque, who made up about two-thirds of the crowd, repeatedly said they feared Islamic extremists would bring violence to the community. 'Please do not use our U.S. Constitution and our freedoms against us," protester Arlene Reed said. "Don't tell me to embrace the enemy, bring the asp to my chest, tell me I have to welcome a group here that makes me feel unsafe.' Muslim backers of the mosque said they were disappointed they are not being accepted in the community many of them have called home for years. 'We can work here, pay taxes here, go to school here, shop here, but we cannot pray here,' Edward Hassan said. 'We are your neighbors, your doctors, your soccer coaches. It truly is a sad day for America and for the Constitution.'"