Ignorant Islamophobia On Display Here in Michigan

This article just makes my head hit the desk. A kinda sorta Muslim man, an American citizen, wants to open a secular summer camp a couple hundred miles north of Detroit on 140 acres that he owns, but the local council has rejected it because his bigoted, ignorant neighbors are screaming about terrorist training camps.

David Salha wants a special use permit to construct the camp on his 150-acre vacation property in the rural town of Lupton — a bucolic community that’s 200 miles north of Detroit, where he owns a mattress store.

The father of seven needs the Ogemaw County Planning Commission to approve his request, but attempts to get permission have been delayed as local residents cited concerns about noise, infrastructure, environmental impact — and terrorism.

One county resident, Carol Sappington, said at the planning commission’s June 24 meeting that she’s opposed to the idea because she fears the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

“I have heard on the news that in every state in the United States we have an ISIS group,” Sappington said. “I think the citizens ought to keep an eye on what is developing.”

Her remarks were similar to Islamophobic comments made on local websites and by residents at a Rose Township board meeting earlier that month, where the panel voted to request the county commission deny the permit.

“Is there anything written on paper that says this isn’t going to be turned into a terrorist training facility?” Bob Clark asked the board during the meeting, according to The Ogemaw County Herald.

“There are a lot of people here that are concerned [that] this could very easily be a training camp,” added Tim Reetz, the Herald reported. “That is a perfect location for a training cell.”

Reetz also called for a federal investigation of Salha, who is flabbergasted by his neighbors’ reactions.

“It was disgusting. It made me sick to my stomach,” Salha told The Huffington Post. Salha gave permission for the FBI to release his records to HuffPost, though the agency has not yet responded to that request.

Hey Michigan, could we not turn into Texas, for crying out loud? Frankly, these Islamophobic morons are far more frightening to me than Salha could ever be.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.*

     

    * Exempt Muslins.

  • caseloweraz

    “There are a lot of people here that are concerned [that] this could very easily be a training camp,” added Tim Reetz, the Herald reported. “That is a perfect location for a training cell.”

    Sure! And the man who would run it is the perfect picture of a jihadi warrior. Just look at that taut, muscular body… the un-American clothing… the burkha worn by his wife! Wait — you mean that isn’t a burkha? You mean his wife is a Christian? Go on!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Those ISIL terrorists are getting craftier! It would never have occurred to me that if I wanted to start a terrorist training facility to first get a permit!

  • caseloweraz

    That’s pretty good reporting by the Huffpost, IMO. But the reporter seemed confused about whether Hanan (the only one of Salha’s five daughters who wears a head scarf) is or is not afraid to go into Lupton.

  • Alverant

    Would Bob Clark believe it if it was written on paper or find some way to twist that too?

  • freehand

    There are a lot of people here that are concerned [that] this could very easily be a training camp,” added Tim Reetz, the Herald reported. “That is a perfect location for a training cell.

    and

    “Is there anything written on paper that says this isn’t going to be turned into a terrorist training facility?” Bob Clark asked the board during the meeting, according to The Ogemaw County Herald.

    .

    “I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”

    — Charles Babbage

  • justsomeguy

    In fairness, there’s precedent for terrorist training camps in Michigan:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutaree

  • John Pieret

    That is a perfect location for a training cell

    Yes, indeed. A large influx of young “furrin” looking males would never be noticed in that area.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You laugh now, but soon it’ll be too late, when they come back from Terrorist Camp with with badges in Jihad and Suicide Bombing!

  • Larry

    when they come back from Terrorist Camp with with badges in Jihad and Suicide Bombing!

    They’ll also have learning to make neck lanyards and wallets, so there is that.

  • Nemo

    Bob Clark is a genius. Just make the terrorists write down on paper that they’ll be good! Victory!

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Every fucking “Sunday school”…

  • chris69

    They kids at camp will probably be trained to make explosive wallets and neck lanyards to use in suicide bombings or terrorist attacks.

  • Nogbert

    I thought the principle terrorist training camp in the US was down in Georgia, Columbus I think.

  • blf

    The proposed “summer camp” is just a false flag operation to divert attention from the real terrorist training camps in the National Parks, where the uppity usurper (now getting additional instructions from his overloads in Kenya) is storing millions of daesh suicide commandos. They need additional training in how to confuse the average ameridiot into thinking they are benign (i.e., not another ameridiot). This is quite difficult, and explains why the sharia takeover of Teh Christitution has not yet happen.