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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sharia in West Philly?

No,...the latest Radio Air Polluter isn't being reviewed here (not that it'll ever happen anyway)!

Major H/T to AlexC at PAWaterCooler:

Filed under Cities - Philadelphia by AlexC

Daily Pennsylvanian

For students living on Beige Block, the potential move of the liquor store closer to the area may be a godsend. [not sure i would have used that phrase -ed]

But to Ahmed Rushdie, the news is nothing less than “insulting.”

Officials familiar with the negotiations say that there are talks to move the 41st and Market streets liquor store to 43rd and Walnut streets, a location close in proximity to a K-8 school and a community mosque.

The Masjid Al-Jamia Mosque is located at 4228 Walnut St., while the Penn-Alexander school is at 4209 Spruce St.

Rushdie, a professor in Penn’s Near Eastern Language and Civilizations Department and a board member of Masjid Al-Jamia, says the move raises serious issues for Muslims in the area - under Islamic law, it is illegal for Muslims to consume alcohol.

A Philly “operative” for the blog LittleGreenFootballs, posts a picture of the mosque in question AND it’s current neighbors.

University City Beverages, which sells take out “cold beers.” Next door to that place is a pizza parlor that also has take out sixers.

Charles Johnson adds…

So there are two places to buy liquor already, right across the street from the mosque. It seems clear that this isn’t really about a liquor store at all; it’s about the mosque leaders flexing their political muscle.

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