May 10, 2011
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) - Muslim leaders are upset that a homeowner who lives next door to a newly opened mosque has posted a sign on his front lawn that reads "Bomb Making Next Driveway."
Michael Heick lives along a heavily traveled road in the town of Amherst, a Buffalo suburb. The next driveway on the same side of the road is the entrance to the Jaffarya Center.
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"The place is too close. I don't care what people think. It doesn't matter what people think," he told the Buffalo News. "This is a way to get answers now. I get none from the town. The intent was to catch the eye of the people who I have a problem with."
Mosque officials said the sign's message is offensive and that Heick hasn't responded to their requests for a meeting.
"I would really think it's an incitement of hatred against Muslims," said Dr. Syed Jaffri, an Amherst psychiatrist and member of the mosque's board of trustees. "Law enforcement should take it very seriously. Tomorrow, somebody could say, 'Oh they have weapons,' and people believe it."
Mubarak Abidi, mosque president, said he called Amherst police over the weekend about the sign and was told its posting wasn't illegal.
Comment: Sure the fool has problems with the mosques' lights. Are they all just going nuts up there?
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