Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hearing Planned for Brookfield Mosque Proposal

The Islamic Foundation of Greater Milwaukee is seeking permission to build a mosque near the intersection of Pheasant Drive and Calhoun Road in Brookfield, WI. 

The Mayor of Brookfield, Steven Ponto wrote in a column , “In evaluating the proposed mosque, it is important to note that we are reviewing a building – we are not reviewing a religion.  In reviewing the proposed building, our consideration is limited to matters such as site plans, building plans that illustrate the building appearance, building materials, parking locations, landscape plans, plans of operation, storm water issues and traffic concerns.”

However concerned citizens in Brookfield have pointed out that Islam goes beyond religion, to domination of a society and believes Sharia law is a goal.  Further concerns have been expressed about the Qur’an’s teaching intolerance and hatred of infidels (non-believers of Islam).

A Public Information Meeting regarding the proposed mosque will take place Wednesday, May 2nd in the Municipal Courtroom of the Public Safety Building, 2100 North Calhoun Road.  This information meeting will take place from 5:00-8:00pm in an open house format.  No action will be taken at this meeting.

The Brookfield Plan Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed mosque Monday, May 7th at 6:00pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2000 North Calhoun Road.

To express your views to the Brookfield Alderman and the Brookfield Plan Commission, you may call (262) 782-9650.  For individual Aldermen contact information click here .  To contact Mayor Steven Ponto (who also chairs the Plan Commission) you may call (262) 787-3525.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eau Claire Passes Domestic Partner Benefits

On April 24, 2012 the Eau Claire City Council voted 10-1 in favor of providing domestic partner benefits to city employees.  The lone Council member in opposition was Jackie Pavelski.  With their success, this trend will likely spread to other Wisconsin communities. 

Meanwhile the lawsuit challenging the domestic partner registry in Wisconsin in the case Appling vs. Doyle is waiting for a hearing before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals – District 4.  No date has yet been assigned.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eau Claire Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

According to the Leader Telegram , the Eau Claire City Council is considering adding new domestic partner benefits for city employees.  The Council is scheduled to vote on this matter Tuesday, April 24th during their 4:00pm meeting.  To express views, Eau Claire residents must contact their City Council members in advance of this meeting.  Residents may contact their Council Members here . All meetings of the City Council are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 203 S Farwell Street in Eau Claire.

Planned Parenthood Plans to End Medication-Induced Abortions

The Wisconsin State Journal  reports that Planned Parenthood is suspending medication-induced abortions.  This is due to the pro-life legislation signed by Governor Scott Walker which takes effect today.  According to the article, “About 25 percent of women who terminate their pregnancies at a Planned Parenthood clinic do so through nonsurgical medication abortions.”