Temecula: Tea Party Anti-Islam Mosque Protest Planned for July 30

By R.E.A.L. Organization • on July 23, 2010

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights of freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of worship for ALL people — without exception.  We reject protests against houses of worship, and the coast-to-coast protests and attacks on mosques around America.

The Valley News reports on plans by local individuals in Temecula to hold a protest on Friday July 30 at the existing business warehouse facility where the Islamic Center of Temecula is currently seeking to hold worship services.

The Islamic Center of Temecula is currently holding religious services in a warehouse (Photo: Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)

The Islamic Center of Temecula is currently holding religious services in a warehouse (Photo: Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)

The Tea Party Patriots web site showed that this event was planned to be held on Friday July 30 by a group that calls itself the Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party Citizens in Action group and that also plans to “pack the house” in a hearing to protest the planned Temecula mosque.  See screen shot of Tea Party Patriots web site list of events (from web cache earlier this week).  See also previous posting “California: Anti-Islam Tea Party Group Protests Temecula Mosque Plans.” R.E.A.L. has previously reported on numerous other Tea Party leaders and organizations involved in mosque protests around the country, with no response from the national Tea Party leadership to our inquires for comment.

According to the Valley News in its report “Temecula mosque proposal targeted in pending protest”
– “a loose-knit coalition of area residents is planning a demonstration at the Islamic Center’s existing facility along Rio Nedo west of Murrieta Creek.”
– “An e-mail alert sent to area newspapers last week announced that a one-hour ‘singing – praying – patriotic rally” will begin at 12:30 p.m. July 30 at the Islamic Center’s existing facility. The advisory — sent by a leader of a conservative coalition that has been active with Republican and Tea Party functions – recommended participants ‘bring your Bibles, flags, signs, dogs and singing voices.’”
– “‘We will not be submissive,’ the notice proclaimed. ‘Our voices are going to be heard!’ The alert went on to question what its authors described as Islamic beliefs. It suggested that participants sing during the rally because Muslim ‘women are forbidden to sing.’ It suggested that rally participants bring dogs because Muslims ‘hate dogs.’”

Screen Shot of Tea Party Patriot Website - with SWRC Tea Party Group Plans for Mosque Protest

Screen Shot of Tea Party Patriot Website - with SWRC Tea Party Group Plans for Mosque Protest

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The Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party Citizens in Action group planned July 30 “rally” at the existing house of worship of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley continues to be posted on the national Tea Party Patriots website, calling for attendees to bring “dogs” to protest the current Islamic center worship center on Friday, July 30, during afternoon prayers.  See the Tea Party Patriots website at: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/EventDetail/6243/July%2030,%202010

or

http://bit.ly/tp-mosque-protest

The event is reportedly led by Diana Serafin, who has led other Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party Citizens in Action group events promoted by the Tea Party Patriots group.    The Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party Citizens in Action group has been repeatedly promoted on the national Tea Party Patriots website.   A Diana Serafin has been promoting the “Southwest Riverside County Tea Party (CA)” on ResistNet.com

National Tea Party Patriots Web Site Promotes Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party Citizens in Action Group Mosque "Rally"

National Tea Party Patriots Web Site Promotes Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party Citizens in Action Group Mosque "Rally"

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California: Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party against Islam and Temecula Mosque (Photo: SWRC Tea Party Web Site)

California: Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party against Islam and Temecula Mosque (Photo: SWRC Tea Party Web Site)

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The SWRC Tea Party Citizens in Action web site states its mission as “Southwest Riverside County Citizens in Action was created to return the local Tea Party Movement to the people.”

Group Defines Itself as the SWRC Tea Party on Web Site (Photo: SWRC Tea Party Web Site)

Group Defines Itself as the SWRC Tea Party on Web Site (Photo: SWRC Tea Party Web Site)

SWRC Tea Party Citizens in Action web site states its mission as "Southwest Riverside County Citizens in Action was created to return the local Tea Party Movement to the people." (Screen Shot: SWRC Tea Party Web Site)

SWRC Tea Party Citizens in Action web site states its mission as "Southwest Riverside County Citizens in Action was created to return the local Tea Party Movement to the people." (Screen Shot: SWRC Tea Party Web Site)

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Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) will contact the National Tea Party leadership for comments on this report, and if we receive a statement from them, we will update this posting.

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Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights to freedom of religion, freedom of worship, and freedom of conscience for all people of all faiths.  Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

We urge those who promote hate and intolerance to unburden the hate from their hearts.

We urge all to Choose Love, Not Hate.  Love Wins.

See also previous posting “California: Anti-Islam Tea Party Group Protests Temecula Mosque Plans.”

— See also our report: “Coast-to-Coast Anti-Islam Movement Results in Protests, Attacks Against Mosques”