Plans to develop a mosque and Islamic cemetery in Newton County, Georgia, stalled when a self-proclaimed armed militia released a video threatening violence.
County commissioners had placed a moratorium on the building of all houses of worship, and had planned to hold a meeting discussing lifting it when the video emerged. The meeting was cancelled because of security concerns, county commissioners said, but that moratorium is still scheduled to expire next week.
The video — produced by self-styled militia group Georgia Security Force III% — was taken down and the group’s leader admitted the video was “sensationalistic.”
“American Muslims, every time that we go outside, we are standing up to extremists. If we can do that, then a county commission surrounded by law enforcement officers should be able to do the same thing,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told NBC News.
Video report courtesy of NBC News.
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