We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hey, that's around the corner from my house! She's standing in front of the Alpine movie theater, on fifth ave and 68th street, Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY. The mosque is behind her on the left.
If you walk past that mosque on a Friday afternoon,you'll find that the overflow crowds are praying on the sidewalk, blocking it for all the pedestrians. Many a time I've been forced to walk in the street over there.
Did I mention that Ramzi Yousef used to live in the neighborhood, on 72nd & 5th?
No longer is it the Bay Ridge of John Travolta and Saturday Night Fever.
My gut tells me that this will end badly. I suspect most people won't see that way but I'm thinking that once the Muslims have a sizable minority, not a majority, that they will begin killing Americans regularly. Knifing, acid attacks, bombs, etc. I think this will result in something like we saw in Bosnia in the 90's.
On the same street you can be fined for honking your horn. They are through the looking glass now. Welcome to Malmö, Marseille, Rotherham, & al New Yorkers. You voted for this and now you're going to get it good and hard.
I wouldn't mind it if it was just for the Friday evening prayer. But if I heard that 5 times everyday I'd start carrying a small air horn in my pocket. Where are the punk rockers when you really need them?
On the lighter side, when I was visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul some years ago, our engaging Turkish guide told us that the muezzin - the man who calls people to prayer from the top of the minaret - used to be the fittest member of the mosque because he had to climb to the top of the minaret five times a day.
But, he continued, these days the muezzin is often a bit of a couch potato since modern mosques often rely on a recorded call to prayer controlled by a computer program that automatically plays at just the right time of the day.