Religion in Society

Angry Buffalo Homeowner Puts "Bomb Making" Sign Near Mosque

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An upstate New York man. who lives next to a mosque, is not happy about his new neighbor, and he doesn't care who knows it.

Michael Heick of Amherst placed a sign that reads "Bomb Making Next Driveway" on his front lawn. The next driveway leads to the Jaffarya Center.

The Daily Mail reports that Heick is angry because he feels the mosque was built too close to his house and because its lights are too bright.

"The place is too close. I don't care what people think. It doesn't matter what people think,' he told the Buffalo News. "This is a way to get answers now. I get none from the town. The intent was to catch the eye of the people who I have a problem with."

Town planning officials say everything about the mosque was built to code.

Amazingly, Heick wouldn't even admit that the sign is directed at the mosque.

"It does not say what driveway. It doesn't say 'at the mosque,'" he said. "If they feel it's at them, that's how they feel."

But mosque officials say his intent is quite obvious and that it is offensive.

"I would really think it's an incitement of hatred against Muslims," said Dr. Syed Jaffri, an Amherst psychiatrist and member of the mosque's board of trustees. "Law enforcement should take it very seriously. Tomorrow, somebody could say, 'Oh they have weapons', and people believe it."

Officials from the mosque say they have reached out to Heick, but he has yet to speak to them.

Buffalo TV station WIVB has a full report: