Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec Schools Mosque Protesters
Omar Mateen, the gunman behind the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded, was a sick, pathetic, and twisted madman who just happened to be Muslim. But protesters opposing a rumored mosque in the town where Mateen lived and worshiped refuse to draw that conclusion. They got an earful from the city’s mayor as a result.
After hearing their hate-laced rants at the city’s recent council meeting, Mayor Greg Oravec scolded the bunch like toddlers. About a dozen rank-and-file Trump supporters showed up to toe the party’s anti-Islamic line. Here’s the catch: the mosque they were speaking out against doesn’t even exist. The ignorance is palpable.
Apparently, social media rumors incited people into thinking that the mosque Mateen sometimes attended, which was firebombed last year by a Trump supporter, was looking to relocate. But according to city spokesperson Sarah Prohaska, there have been no plans, whatsoever, to locate a mosque in the city of Port St. Lucie.
The city has not received any applications or plans of any nature related to a mosque in the city. If an application for a mosque would be proposed, it would be treated like any other relevant application. A federal law prohibits the City Council from discriminating based upon religion.
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The truth, however, didn’t stop people from publicly announcing their disdain for a pretend mosque. About a dozen protesters showed up to try to school the mayor on how terrible a mosque would be, while simultaneously invoking Christianity as the standard bearer for religion in the United States.
One speaker claimed the United States for one religion, and one religion only.
We are a Christian nation, we always have been-and that should be respected
Another resident suggested a religious interview, of sorts, for worshipers.
Are you going to tell me as a citizen of Port St. Lucie that these individuals going to this Islamic center are going to be properly vetted?
And finally, an immigrant to our country claims it as her own, as if others aren’t welcome.
This is my country and I am a Christian and I do not want to see …at the top of their mosque, their sign, like we put the cross on the top of our churches. I don’t want the people, for miles, to see that.
The mayor, however, had enough and let the protesters know, in no uncertain terms, that they were way out of line.
Take your comments about the mosque, replace them with one of the other places of worship, say it out loud and it if sounds wrong, it is wrong.