A federal judge has overturned a New Mexico county’s ban on oil and natural gas drilling that was the first of its kind when it was enacted nearly two years ago.
In a sprawling, nearly 200-page decision that touched on several constitutional elements, U.S. District Judge James O. Browning ruled that the ordinance clashes with federal law.
“Historically, a county cannot enact or supersede federal law,” Browning wrote. “The ordinance thus goes beyond Mora County’s historical lawmaking just to deprive a corporation of their rights.”
The ordinance, enacted in April 2013, cited environmental concerns and put the county’s decision-making rights ahead of business interests, and federal and state permits. It was believed at the time to have been the first time a county had banned hydraulic fracturing amid debates over the practice nationwide in communities that have experienced oil and gas booms.
….Mora County is far from the energy hotspots in southeastern and northwestern New Mexico, and there are no active oil or gas wells within the county. But county officials took the step out of fear that their scarce water supply could become further threatened by pollution from hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel, and chemicals.
By Associated Press – Albuquerque Journal –
A proposed mega-mosque in the pretty little town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was rejected by the town council last year, “citing an ordinance that limited houses of worship to major roads.” Reasonable enough. Municipal officials argued that the purpose of the ordinance was to “preserve the residential character of its various neighborhoods.”
But Islamic supremacists and Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR called upon their lapdogs at the Department of Justice, who sued Bridgewater. The DoJ has become the de facto legal arm of terror-tied Muslim Brotherhood groups in this country. What small town can go up against the U.S. government’s vast resources and endless taxpayer-funded muscle?
It speaks volumes about the three pillars (more like clubs) of the Islamization of the West – “interfaith dialogue,” “mutual respect” and “mutual understanding” – that they are absent when it comes to Muslim demands. Kuffar and infidels get no such mutual respect, mutual understanding and dialogue when it comes to mega-mosques and free speech. Where is reciprocity? Reciprocity with non-Muslims is forbidden under Islamic law (Shariah).
This New Jersey town was forced to pay Muslims $7.75 million to keep them from building a mega-mosque there.
It’s $7.75 million in Islamic blackmail. Jizya. But they beat the mosquestrosity. Cheap at the price. NJ Advance Media reported that “the Al Falah Center has agreed not to build a mosque on Mountaintop Road – and will instead build one on a $2.75 million 15-acre lot the township will buy for it under the terms of a settlement. … The township’s insurance carrier will also pay the center $5 million for alleged damages, costs and attorney fees to end the years-long lawsuit.”
In a striking violation of the establishment clause, Obama’s lawless administration is imposing the Shariah nationwide, allowing the rampant construction of rabats and jihad recruitment centers at a time when we should be monitoring the mosques and restricting construction of Muslim Brotherhood beachheads and Islamic State madrassas.
Many churches and synagogues and Walmarts and what have you have been unable to build because of zoning laws. So why is Muslim supremacism enshrined in Justice Department policy? And why are they given special rights? The United States of America is based on individual rights – no special rights for special classes.
By Pamela Gellar – Atlas Shrugs –