Deer Creek Mosque Still not Here.

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Last summer a story was reported upon by several local news stations. It regarded a mosque being built in the East Chase are along Deer Creek. Supposedly the East Montgomery Islamic Society wants to build a 6000 square foot mosque along the road.

After reading multiple article there were many mixed reactions to the idea of a Muslim religious center being built in the sparsly religious diversed area. Some reseidents seem to have an attitude of annoyance and uneasiness towards the idea. While others seem to have embraced the group’s attempt at joining the East Chase community permanently.

The mosque has not been built yet. It also seems as though there is no word on it’s future. There are several mosques within the Montgomery community,  which are integrated with their local areas. This one would likely be the same way.

How would you feel about a mosque being built next door? Would you participate in Eid or enjoy Ramadan? Islam has a lot of rich traditions and ideas that can be utilized even by non-Muslims.  There’s alot to learn from all religious groups, let’s hope these guys find a home soon.

 

Montgomery Closes its Only Carrabba’s

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill served its last meal on Wednesday, the location at 1510 eastern Boulevard has been permanently closed with no plans to open at a new location.

The restaurant had 52 employees, some of which will be transferred to sister restaurants, with all of them receiving severance pay.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said: “Closing the restaurant was a difficult decision and was based solely on business circumstances, this has no reflection on the employees or their service.”

Montgomery Mardi Gras Cook off set for Saturday

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If you love food and celebration, this is your chance. The Montgomery Downtown Business Association is having the fourth annual Mardis Gras celebration this Saturday on Commerce Street.

The event will last from 12-5pm, with the Treme Brass Band performing at 2:30.

Although the party is free, tickets for the cook off will be $15, with all proceeds going to benefit Valiant Cross Academy
All are invited to come in costume, eat, drink, form new relationships and celebrate, Gump style.

See you there!

 

 

 

Faulkner University and Capital City Church of Christ Partner for Racial Reconciliation

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Faulkner University and Capital City Church of Christ are working together to host a racial reconciliation event in an effort to end racial division inside our city. The program will begin at 10:15 am on Sunday, February 19th; with spoken word, singing, and other festivities starting at noon.16684288_1836660089930159_6861848126913806674_n

Man being charged after shooting his son on Saturday

Deputies responded to a call about a shooting on Saturday. The deputies reported to the 500 block of Center Point road. The shooting was a result of a domestic dispute between the father and son, during which Richard A. Buffton (49) shot his 27 year old son.

Asked abut the incident, assistant Chief Dave Bryan said: “His son was shot through his hand and into his leg, the shot broke his leg.”

The son was airlifted to a hospital where he is now recovering from his injuries.

Buffton is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $50,000 bond.

 

Faulkner Baseball destroys Culver-Stockton

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Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (7-0) scored in each of the first five innings in Game 1 of this afternoon’s doubleheader against Culver-Stockton (0-4) to earn the 7-2 victory before icing the visitors 5-0 in the nightcap gaining the second sweep of the weekend here at Harrison Field.

A two-out double followed by an RBI single gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Eagles responded immediately with a two-run homer courtesy of T.J. Condon that same inning.

Ryan Rosa offered up a sacrifice fly in the second before Austin Paschke jettisoned a two-run smoker over the 400 wall at center field in the third to extend the Faulkner lead to 5-1.

Culver-Stockton scored on an infield error in the fourth, but the run did little to offset the Eagle swing fest.

Tra’mayne Holmes rocked a solo bomb over the fence left center in the bottom of the inning before Condon bookended the outing with a monster solo home run over the scoreboard and into traffic in the fifth.

The second bout ushered in more of the same with Paschke igniting the offense with a solo home run in the second inning.

Michael Darr knocked in the second run on a double in the third before John Price punched in two more runs on a single in the fourth.

Wes Roberson scored the final run of the game on a wild infield throw after stealing both second and third base.

Mike Peters (2-0) got the Game 1 win while allowing one earned run and scattering five hits over 5 2/3 innings of work from the mound. The junior left-hander also tallied four strikeouts.

Israel Fuentes struck out a batter while giving up no hits in the ensuing 2 1/3 innings before Preston Szuch entered in the ninth where he allowed one hit and had a strikeout.

Junior Ramirez (1-0) struck out four batters while giving up just two hits over the first four innings in the second win.

Dustin Hagy, Jose Agosto and Jonathan Wilkins each logged an inning, respectively, in the seven-inning affair. Agosto surrendered the lone hit in that span while Hagy had the lone strikeout.

Faulkner will next host Shawnee State (Ohio) in doubleheader action on Feb. 17 beginning at 4 p.m.

Faulkner University On Lockdown after an apparent Shooter Near Campus(Update: The lockdown has been lifted.)

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Faulkner University is on lockdown after an apparent shooter was seen on the edge of campus

We do not know if there were any victims at this time, but we will keep you updated.

Update: The lockdown has been lifted, it lasted about 40 minutes.

Terrorism : An Imam’s Perspective

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Since 2012, Islam in the United States has been damped by the actions of religious fanatics. Americans are struggling to over come the idea that followers of Islam are terrorist. According to statistics reported from globalresearch.ca, Muslim men and women commit less than 10 percent of all terrorism across the globe. There have been more Americans killed by  homicides than terrorism. It is also reported that White Supremacist have committed more attacks based on terrorist ideologies in the U.S. than have been religiously linked attacked. Terrorism is a serious deal. The people who have witnessed true terrorism have been Muslims themselves. Due to fanatics and alt-right Muslims they have been targets as nonbelievers. The idea that all terrorist are affiliated with Islam is sad. Most Islamic people only want to seek the cause of God and to bring peace where ever they go.

It is proven that more people have died from homicide in the U.S. than in the 99/11 attacks just within the same year (2012). So who are the true terrorist? Are the terrorist those who live within our own American neighborhoods? As far as domestic terrorism  goes, have we all forgotten about the terrorism against Black people  since the beginning of the great westward expansion by Europeans? Not blaming anyone for the slave trade or its consequences, however it was only within the last 50 or so years that mass lynching and terrorism among black Americans have went down look up (Tulsa Oklahoma Riots- Little Africa).  Memorials are springing up all around the U.S. with names of victims of these terrorist hate crimes. There are still many more who can not be named. This still does not add in police shooting and assault cases that many American blacks have to face on a daily basis.  So who truly are the terrorist?

Terrorism is based on perspective. Would we as American citizens deem drones randomly bombing our homes as acts of terrorism or acts of war? Let us ask the thousands of Middle Eastern people who have been victims of America’s (and other nations) war tactics. Total warfare, is the name of the game. Could it be deemed as terrorism by other standards? This article is not to apologize for the sick minded men and women who commit atrociousness in the name of Islam. Boko Haram and Al -Qaeda, have twist and perverted Islam. They are not true Muslims who seek the cause of God. God does not rule through oppressive fear. It is for men to fear God out of reverence, not out of punishment in the present life. If groups like these want to make people truly fear the Lord they should show themselves as true Muslims and follow the way of Abraham and the people of scripture. God knows what is good for us and we know that terrorism is not good for man.

Governor Bentley Names Luther Strange to US Senate Seat

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Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Attorney Luther Strange to fill the US senate seat left vacant by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This after months of speculation about who the governor would support.

In a statement, Robert Bentley said: ““This is truly a remarkable time in our state’s history, Alabama has surely been well represented by Senator Sessions, and I am confident Senator Strange will serve as a fine representative for our people. His leadership on a national level, service as a statewide elected official and long record of taking on tough federal issues are the very qualities that will make him a strong conservative Senator for Alabama.”

Luther Strange also released a statement, saying: “Senator Sessions’ commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill. I pledge to the people of Alabama to continue the same level of leadership as Jeff Sessions in consistently fighting to protect and advance the conservative values we all care about,”

It is too soon to tell how suited Luther Strange is for the position. We will keep you informed on every action of his in the mean time.

Alabama State to host ASU Invitational beginning Friday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University tennis teams will play their first home matches of the season beginning on Friday morning with the Alabama State Invitational to be played at the Olean Black Underwood Tennis Center.

 

The teams will play host to Presbyterian College, Alabama A&M University and Jacksonville State University over the weekend-long tournament. Play will start at 10:00 am Friday morning with Alabama State facing Presbyterian (both men and women), which will be followed by Jacksonville State (4-0 men, 2-1 women) and Alabama A&M at 12:30 pm. The opening day of the tournament concludes with Presbyterian (2-3 men, 4-2 women) taking on Alabama A&M at 4 pm.

 

The tournament continues on Saturday with each team in action beginning with Jacksonville State and Presbyterian at 10 am, followed by Alabama A&M (0-5 men, 0-0 women) facing Alabama State (0-3 men, 1-2 women) at 1 pm.

 

The teams will conclude play on Sunday as Jacksonville State and Alabama State will meet in the only match of the day, beginning at 1 pm.

 

The Lady Hornets enter the match following a decisive 7-0 victory over Savannah State in their last match, nearly two weeks ago. In that match, Alabama State lost just 22 games in the seven matches that were played and picking up straight set wins in all five singles matches.

 

Meanwhile, the Alabama State men’s tennis team enters the tournament following their last match in which they fell 4-3 to South Carolina State. In that match, the Hornets picked up wins at number one and three singles, as well as picking up two of the three doubles matches (winning the point).

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