Columbia County planners OK zoning change for mosque

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The Columbia County Planning Commission has rezoned less than an acre of property that will provide additional land for a future mosque planned off Old Evans Road in Martinez.

The Islamic Society of Augusta requested a rezoning for about a half acre of a 1.13-acre lot off Old Evans Road near Old Petersburg Road from single-family residential and townhouse residential to special use.

Planning commissioners passed the rezoning 4-0 Thursday night, which means the land will be combined with about eight acres owned by the Islamic Society and already zoned special use.

The Islamic Society, based in Martinez, has plans of constructing a 30,000-square-foot community center, including a 3,000-sqaure-foot prayer hall to be used daily for services, a multipurpose room for special events and 11 classrooms, used twice a week and housing administrative offices.

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scorehouse
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scorehouse 05/22/09 - 08:13 am
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Allah at work.
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Allah at work.

froggy1
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froggy1 05/22/09 - 08:31 am
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this america what is

this america what is happening to it!

aaa
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aaa 05/22/09 - 08:36 am
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The FBI owns an adjacent

The FBI owns an adjacent parcel through a pseudoname. They will be watching. Could just be a rumor I heard, don't know.

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Riverman1 05/22/09 - 08:38 am
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Nothing wrong with that.

Nothing wrong with that. Columbia County is the melting pot. The Sikh Temple is on Evans to Lock Rd. The Jewish recreation place is on Furys Ferry. One happy and diverse county we be.

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HillGuy 05/22/09 - 09:23 am
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Would this even be in the

Would this even be in the paper if it was another Baptist Church?? These people have every right to build their church as any other.

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Little Lamb 05/22/09 - 09:53 am
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Yes, HillGuy, it would be in

Yes, HillGuy, it would be in the paper if it were a Baptist Church. Don't you remember how the re-zoning petition for the Baptist Church on Hilali Farm Rd. got press coverage a few years back?

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jack 05/22/09 - 10:43 am
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Too bad Islamic mosques are

Too bad Islamic mosques are so suspect, but it is understandable.

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zigzag 05/22/09 - 12:42 pm
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Mosques, churches, temples .

Mosques, churches, temples . . waste of space and no tax revenue to the County. Why can't we put a moratorium on new churches? I'll bet most aren't even close to being filled.

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shivas 05/22/09 - 01:23 pm
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Message from Rush- As I have

Message from Rush- As I have stated, Obama's plan is to turn America into an Islamic nation. Did I not say so over and over??? Now, God is punishing us for his election. We must make this an issue in the upcoming election, along with his lack of citizenship. I know we tried and failed with this before, but the right-wing must find some issue because American's are not listening to us anymore. Our lies and scare tactics need to be updated. If we can't win the next election, we must secede and hate America from that perspective. I need something to help me relax. Anyone have a special pill?

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JohnQPublic 05/22/09 - 06:28 pm
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Get real. No wonder some

Get real. No wonder some folks hate the U.S. Besides, the folks who worship at the mosque are peaceful American CITIZENS. Remember, your ancestors came to this country to escape oppression. And, this country was founded for freedom of religion. You wackos are pathetic folks. In your eyes, no one but you, are right or good. Live and let live.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/09 - 07:40 pm
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Sistersledge, point of fact,

Sistersledge, point of fact, most of the posts supported the mosque.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/23/09 - 08:19 am
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Not so, do the tally.

Not so, do the tally.

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scorehouse 05/23/09 - 11:08 am
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just like the 9/11 terrorists
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just like the 9/11 terrorists came to america to escape oppression and practice freedom of religion. how much of 9/11 was rehearsed and planned in a mosque? name one country where muslims are trying to escape because they are being oppressed as muslims? they are immigrating to take over the countries from within. look at europe you moron. within a measley 25 years france will be predominantly islam.it should read live and let die. how quick is 25 years? well its already been 30 since sister sledge did we are family. time flies sister.

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colcamp1 05/23/09 - 12:49 pm
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I did not know that Timothy

I did not know that Timothy Mcveigh, Terry Nichols, or Eric Rudolph were Muslims?

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scorehouse 05/23/09 - 02:26 pm
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just what oppressed country
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just what oppressed country did they migrate from? in the name what religion did they commit jihad? did the catholic church promise them 47 virgins in heaven for killing infidels? where is the rest of their worldwide organization? you comparing firecrackers to nuclear bombs. oh, don't worry, they'll be here courtesy of the benevolent islamic state of iran.

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corgimom 05/23/09 - 04:16 pm
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How sad that so-called

How sad that so-called "Americans" are displaying such intolerance of other people's religions. All they asked for is rezoning of less than an acre that is part of the property they already own.

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Taylor B 05/23/09 - 05:48 pm
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Im more upset that they had

Im more upset that they had to ask permission from the government to build on their own property. This zoning crap is pretty oppressive to private property freedom.

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scorehouse 05/24/09 - 03:18 pm
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i'm intolerant of using the
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i'm intolerant of using the american constitution to camouflage a political movement as a religion. when so called religious beliefs endanger the welfare of the general populace they are no longer religious freedoms. if you disagree, then moslems should be allowed to stone adulterers and gays in this country. divorce by repeating "i am divorcing you 3 times". if cought stealing chop off the hand.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 05/24/09 - 04:58 pm
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what about the muslim riots
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what about the muslim riots in athens, greece today? how long before it's athens, georgia? keep believing in this "if we are nice to them they will be nice back" nonsense. it's in their religion. either convert or die. not freedom of religion. keep on denying. you have the freedom to believe what you wish. iran intends to obliterate israel from the earth. that's a direct quote from an islamic state. are you calling them liars?

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