Somalis building West Side mosque

Somalis building West Side mosque

There are 36 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 11, 2009, titled Somalis building West Side mosque. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Rendering courtesy of Abucar's Universal Designs Inc. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot Abubakar Asiddiq Islamic Center will have a prayer hall, classrooms and a room where bodies are prepared for burial.

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Bodie

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 11, 2009
This will likley lead to further collapse of the Georgesville Rd and W Broad area of Franklin County. There was an attempt by an African Co to buy the largest apartment complex in Columbus behind the now defunct Westland Mall to make it a Somali community.
This group has added burden to the Southwestern City Schools with no taxes being paid by non citizens and the schools being forced toi educate kids that can't speak English.
Further where are jobs for a greater influz of Somalis into the community this will draw ? Where and who will be burdened by the medical bills since they have no insurance ?
It is not a good development for Columbus who has had the second largets somalis community in the country and we need to ask why before we see more of a taxpayer burden on a cash strapped county,city state and schools.
I do not obeject to immigration as long as the group coming here pulls their own waeight. We have not see this from the Somali community since the country they come from is so far different from ours.
CatInTheHat

Blacklick, OH

#2 Jul 11, 2009
I sure hope non-Muslim residents in the area are ready for the 5 "calls to prayer" that will be broadcast over outside loudspeakers EVERY day. The best you can hope for is a reduction with the first and last call eliminated after months of court battles. Hamtramk, Michigan has an abundance of mosques and fought the fight to a compromise that neither side is happy with. If you don't like what you hear complain loud and often. Don't wait for your neighbor to call first. It's the only way you will get results.
Lightning Evans

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jul 11, 2009
This is so horrible how can one even contemplate such a thing. You might as well commit suicide. Just take an honest look at where they came from and that is how the west side is going to look in a few years. Huge mistake.
CarGuyBri

Mount Hope, WV

#4 Jul 11, 2009
There goes the neighborhood.
Ronald

AOL

#5 Jul 11, 2009
The only way to combat this is for all Americans to work for 5.00 an hour with no healthcare. Then immigration will be curtailed tomorrow morning. Goodbye, Columbus. I'm outta here.
Pirates Monies

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 11, 2009
Where are they getting the money to build this mosque and a recreation center ? Could it be stolen from ships near their home country ? None of them have that kind of cash and just what local bank would loan them this amount ?
Who is bankrolling this and is ignorant enough to further destroy the west side of our community ???
Do our elceted county commissioner support this ? What about Franklin Township Trustees and I almost asked about the City of Columbus but Mike Coleman and his band of council followers would be all smiles about this would they not ??
Angry Young American

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 11, 2009
I don't like me them Somalianistic people none neither, but maybe I can pay one of them real cheap to fix up my pickup with a ma deuce in the back like they got over in Mogadishu. That would rock!
Bodie

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 11, 2009
GREAT so they will have dead bodies in the building. I know they bury before sunset etc. But isn't this in violation of Ohio laws governing the handling and disposal of human remains.

Since: Jun 09

Pickerington, OH

#12 Jul 11, 2009
sup dudes? is this the chatroom where all the racists hang out, or what?
John

United States

#13 Jul 11, 2009
This is a great addition to the fabric of this city. Hard work, discipline, and general optimism towards better days to come is as American as Apple Pie and these newly arrived immigrants from Somalia are practicing it with success. We ought to follow their example or at least draw inspiration from their story. Kudos Somalis!!!
Ghostryder

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 11, 2009
Proposition 13 wrote:
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Largely yes ... and no. People in law enforcement HATE them because of all the trouble that community causes.
Maybe you can move into their neighborhood and enlighten them. You seem to be a voice of reason.

NOT

You must be bored. No families with tragic losses to brighten your day as you rage against their loved ones. Maybe tomorrow.
John

United States

#17 Jul 12, 2009
What is there to hate about them? They are decent, hard-working, law abiding citizens who come to our country legally without breaking the law of this land. Furthermore, they pay their fair share of taxes and are trying to make ends meet like the rest of us. As far as I am concerned, they are alright by me and I welcome them as my fellow citizens.
CatInTheHat

Blacklick, OH

#18 Jul 13, 2009
DowntownColumbus wrote:
sup dudes? is this the chatroom where all the racists hang out, or what?
Whatever. Just want people to know that first call to prayer comes mighty early for those not expecting it. But that's ok, right, DC? It's not in YOUR neighborhood.
Claire Ross

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 13, 2009
Adhan is the proper term for being call to prayer. There is a mosque in my neighborhood and this is no more a problem than the ringing of church bells. I'm continually shocked at the pathetic, racist crap my "neighbors" are will in to write, of course, few use your real names. Are you so ashamed of your hate and ignorance?
CatInTheHat

Blacklick, OH

#20 Jul 13, 2009
The first call to prayer occurs BEFORE sunrise as the eastern sky just begins to lighten. At this time of year we are talking about 0530. If this mosque is built as others I have seen the loudspeakers are going to be incorporated into the structure; hard to see but impossible to ignore when they are used. I will not denigrate the sound of the call but it is hardly in the same league as the ringing of church bells.
JPorter

Columbus, OH

#21 Jul 13, 2009
Just remember that most of you posting these nasty comments about Somalis are descended from some other immigrant group that was criticized and put down when they came to America: Irish, German, Italian, etc.
CarGuyBri

Mount Hope, WV

#22 Jul 13, 2009
JPorter wrote:
Just remember that most of you posting these nasty comments about Somalis are descended from some other immigrant group that was criticized and put down when they came to America: Irish, German, Italian, etc.
You are correct! But when my family immigrated to America, they didn't get off the boat looking for a hand-out. Nor did they make statements about hating Americans and the American way of life.
phil

Columbus, OH

#23 Jul 13, 2009
Yes, but my Irish ancestors didn't come over here and start brawls and get the cops called on them. Oh wait, yes they did.
CarGuyBri

Mount Hope, WV

#24 Jul 13, 2009
phil wrote:
Yes, but my Irish ancestors didn't come over here and start brawls and get the cops called on them. Oh wait, yes they did.
LMAO!
Dizzy

Columbus, OH

#25 Jul 13, 2009
10 Somalis in 1 apt here are better than 5 in a mud hut there! Can they get some Social Security and foos stamps while we are at it?

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