On Tuesday evening, following a highly contentious public forum, the Virginia Beach City Council voted 9-1 to allow the construction of a mosque and Islamic gathering place in a rural section of the resort city.
Despite the overwhelming objections from those who live close to the proposed site, Councilman Bill DeSteph (R) provided the only "no" vote to the Crescent Community Center to be built at the intersection of Salem and Landstown Roads.
WVEC reported on the concerns of some of those residents:
“I have deep concerns about the proposed Islamic mosque in Virginia Beach. It is well known that mosques are the recruiting and training ground for radical Islamists and terrorists,” Atwood Brooks wrote.
“This proposed mosque is something Virginia Beach citizens should think twice about. NYC police monitor the sermons there as they often contain messages which incite and co-ordinate violence against citizens,” Cyndy Welde wrote.
A homeowners association also presented the council with a list of signatures of those opposed to the construction of the mosque, all to no avail.
The building will accommodate hundreds of worshipers, house an Islamic school, sport a traditional dome as well as a 34-foot minaret.
The daily call to prayers will now be heard across the farmers' fields, as well as by youths at a nearby soccer complex.
This is only the latest in a virtual tidal wave of mosques which have been built across this country since the 9/11 attacks.
In Feb. 2012, the Hartford Institute for Religion Research as well as several Muslim groups published the results of a study entitled "The American Mosque 2011," which reported the number of mosques in the U.S. increased by 74 percent within a ten year period.
"The number of mosques and mosque participants continue to show significant growth, from 1,209 mosques in 2000 to 2,106 in 2011. New York and California have the largest number of mosques, 257 and 246 mosques respectively. Connecticut has 36 mosques," according to the study.
One of those mosques, which was also built over the public's overwhelming objections was the Cordoba House, better known as the 'Ground Zero Mosque' in New York City.
Why the name Cordoba?
In 710 A.D., Cordoba became the seat of the Muslim caliphate in what is now Spain, and the center of Islamic domination in Europe.
A colossal mosque was also built on the ruins of a Christian cathedral, following the murder or enslavement of the city’s Christian residents.