A local pastor’s home was vandalized for the second time this year, shortly after the plan for a proposed Muslim community center was nixed at a special Zoning Board meeting
The pastor at Grace Bible Fellowship, Joseph Basile, who opposed the Muslim community center, stated that “the issue with the mosque is only the location of it.” Some folks will be sure to call him “racist” and “Islamophobic,” yet it was his home who was targeted.
There are valid concerns about mosques and Islamic centers being situated in communities: the possibility of the jihad doctrine being preached in them never enters into discussions about proposed new mosques, but it should. An undercover survey revealed that “3 in 4 Islamic centers are hotbeds of anti-Western extremism.”
“Rocks thrown through local pastor’s window after Zoning Board knocks down Muslim community center,” by Corey McDonald, Jersey Journal, March 10, 2017:
BAYONNE — A local pastor’s home was vandalized for the second time this year, shortly after the plan for a proposed Muslim community center was nixed at a special Zoning Board meeting earlier this week.
Joseph Basile, a pastor at Grace Bible Fellowship who has been an opponent of the Muslim community center, told The Jersey Journal that rocks had been thrown through his window sometime after the special Zoning Board meeting Monday night.
“The police are trying to determine when it occurred, but I’m not quite sure (exactly when),” he said.
Basile said the vandalism is likely due to his opposition to the center, which was voted down Monday night after a heated, five-hour meeting.
It is unclear if there are any cameras in the vicinity. Police could not be reached for comment.
This marks the second time Basile’s house has been vandalized. In January, the pastor’s house was vandalized with spray paint, as well as the road and snow nearby.
Basile had said at the time that the graffiti was likely directed at him because of signs in his windows that read “Save Bayonne” and “Stop the Mosque.”
Basile’s wife — in late 2016 — also reported that she had been threatened by a stranger at her home for the signs in her windows.
Tensions reached their peak Monday night when the Zoning Board voted on the fate of the center after a year and a half process to find a permanent home for the nonprofit Bayonne Muslim group……