Some may know that the Islamic Center on Fredericksburg which is currently located on Harrison Road in Western Spotsylvania County, across from the Harrison’s Crossing Shopping Center has a zoning permit in front of the Spotsylvania Planning Commission to move the Islamic Center to bigger location off of Old Plank Road and Andora Drive in Spotsylvania County. Opposition has mainly focused on bigoted hate speech by those who do not support the Islamic Center moving to a bigger location on land the center owns.
One such group which seems to be the main opponents of the Islamic Center’s move is a group calling itself Southern Occupants United Through Heritage or S.O.U.T.H. This same group has hosted confederate flag rallies throughout Central Virginia and has gone to D.C. to hold a confederate flag rally. The group can be found on Facebook under “Central VA Confederate Flag Rallies”.
The group based off Facebook post and videos has a very secessionist, neo-confederate tone. They have included videos on Facebook, calling African-American’s in D.C. “Ghetto Savages” because residents on D.C. did not take kindly to them carrying confederate flags through the streets of the city. Another video shows a man holding a sign in front of the Islamic Center in Spotsylvania stating “No Jihad in Dixie”; the sign was produced by the Neo-confederate group, the league of the South.
The League of the South is a racist, neo-confederate group based in Alabama. The group wants to establish a European-American dominated south and secede from the United States. The group has been involved in numerous incidents of hate speech and has also stated “the Jews control the United States” and “Blacks would be defeated in a race war”. This group S.O.U.T.H. also conducted a rally across from The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, which was reminiscent of Klan rally’s in the 1960’s. The group sat across from the center, holding confederate flags and sign denouncing Islam, the only items missing were white hood and sheets.
The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg has been cited by many individuals in the community as being a huge supporter of many organizations such as Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire and Rescue, who are currently their neighbor at their current location. The center also operates a food pantry to provide to children in the Fredericksburg Area, whose families cannot provide meals to their children. The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg has been a great member of the Community of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and should be allowed to expand their center on their land in the county.
So who really would trust a racist, bigoted group of people, who have no knowledge of The United States Constitution, The Bill of Rights, or The Virginia Declaration of Religious Freedom because they oppose The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg? To make matters worse this same group must not know that people have the right to do what they want to do with their land. So in the ending the group S.O.U.T.H. or whoever they are need to research government and our founding documents before commenting or protesting issues. This same group S.O.U.T.H. will also have a float at the Stafford County Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 19th, I ask for the organizers of this event not to allow a racist, bigoted, hate filled group be allowed to participate in the parade.