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Letter: Resident Welcomes Proposed Mosque

Letter writer says nation was built on right of religious freedom.

To the Editor,

Our Moral Compass:

I am proud to be a citizen of Bernards Township and warmly welcoming the new mosque for the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge on Church Street in Liberty Corner. What a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves and our children that our country was built on the right of religious freedom.

Our forefathers understood clearly that for a new democracy to work and to work well, that religiosity was a crucial pillar. Democracy works because diversity is embraced and we as citizens have a strong moral compass.

When my moral compass waivers, I can reach out to resources within my community. I can talk to any one of our priests, ministers, rabbis or mullahs.  I know that many of us have already been seeking guidance from our religious leaders in town concerning the new mosque. As a Mother of three, scientist and leader in higher education for the State of New Jersey, the richness of my community amazes me. Basking Ridge stands as a shining example for our state. God is Love. Allah is Love. Yahweh is Love.

Bonnie Diehl, Ph.D.
59 Addison Drive

n September 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM
"God is Love. Allah is Love." , Except when it comes to freedom of speech, then all bets are off. Say the wrong thing, draw the wrong cartoon, write the wrong book, make the wrong movie and you might be killed!
Robb Colomban September 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Wow how nice of you to say from across town, now let them build it in your back or front yard.....
n September 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Funny how they claim only a few will be praying there. No mention of how many from the Bridgewater area will be coming, since they were denied to build there. Sorry if I offend, but after a week of muslims killing Americans just because of a movie, I've become not a lover of the people who claim to follow the koran.
Off your meds September 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
And if anybody disagrees, you are an immoral, uneducated, godless heathen, so sayeth the righteous phd-excuse me, I think I'm going to be sick.
JJ September 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
JJ-1 Hmmm, is this the same person that spoke at a candidate forum last year? "My message is your message," Diehl said. "Share your ideas with me and I will get your message out". Well, if you drive down Church St. and see all the Preserve Liberty Corner signs, you will get the message. Very easy to make your speech when your property value and daily life are not impacted. A better place for the mosque may be Addison Dr. which apparently is a very highfalutin section of town.
Lori September 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
How very condescending..........and pathetic.........please don't make this about religion. The ISBR has shown their lack of morals & ethics, and how little they care about our community by planning a mosque at the very intersection that is the site of many horrific accidents. We know where their moral compass is pointing........ This community has grown to what is is because of the common values and shared aspirations of people who truly care about each other.
Gloria Borchert September 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
People in the USA have the right freedom to practice the religion of their choice. There are good and bad people in all religions. Having said that...I do believe the proposed site for the mosque is not appropriate. I base this on having driven the roads surrounding that area for the last 50 years. It has gone from okay to absolute chaos over the years. Only a few hours a day is traffic light. 5 days per week from 8AM-3:30/4PM is school traffic.(2 schools, LC and Albrook) 5 days per week comuting traffic up to 6-6:30PM. The 4way stop at Church and Somerville/Canterberry is a nightmare. If the mosque proposal is correct and approximately 150 worship on Fridays with services spread out through the entire day...add more chaos to the already taxed traffic. Should the fire company get called out during that time frame it would be near impossible for the volunteers to get to the firehouse.. I do believe there are other areas in Bernards Township that would be more appropriate with easier access to either 78 or 287 which could handle the flow of traffic. It would require some looking by Mr. Chaudry. The mosque plans, I believe, have already been drawn up so a lot or lots could be found to fit the plans. Find it and sell the Liberty Corner site or swap them out. This would be a more peaceful solution to the situation. Gloria
TJ September 23, 2012 at 08:06 AM
No one in their right mind is for building a mosque or any religious institution in between two homes on a residential street.  Maybe they should build it on Addison Drive and see if your tune changes.  The best response to your article is one I read from a resident of Liberty Corner that sums it up all in one sentence....... "Those of you who are just having spontaneous fits of "altruism", should first consider taking perspective of the immediate residents of the area before condemning us for intolerance"  Bonnie, perhaps your afraid if its not build in Liberty Corner maybe it will come closer to your side of town!  Get real!  I'll make sure to never vote for you, if you ever run for any positions in Bernards Committee, YOUR views could certainly ruin a town, no matter what religion it is, it is wrong to build between 2 homes and expect the residents of Liberty Corner to be burdened by more traffic that already exist there.   The ISBR has NO MORAL COMPASS building a mosque between 2 residential homes.
Miles September 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Bonnie Diehl: let's see how wonderful of an opportunity this is if the mosque was being built on Addison Drive, how about right next to 59 Addison Drive ? When's the last time you spoke to a mullah when your moral compass was waivering? I'll bet NEVER. You're a phony "open-minded liberal". I'm totally against building this mosque next to these residents homes.
LC September 28, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Haha! My thoughts, exactly. "Allah is love." Clearly from a woman who has not read the Quran. Incidentally - I posted on other mosque threads about the hateful Quran verses ISBRI had up on their website. They are now gone. However, I made plenty of hard copies.
LC September 28, 2012 at 04:03 AM
"This would be a more peaceful solution" assumes ISBRI is looking for a peaceful solution. Chaudry knows the town and would have chosen a more suitable location if that's what he wanted to do. It's clear to any right minded person that this is a bad idea, for many reasons. (which you corretly state.) So, why would Chaudry choose this site? It's a victory mosque - across the street from the fire house's 9/11 memorial. ISBRI is likely connected to ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), which is behind most North American mosques (involved in planning and funding) and is a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood. ISBRI has a link to them on their website.

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