Pastor vandalized for fourth time after anti-mosque remarks
A pastor who has been outspoken about his opposition to construction of a mosque in Bayonne is the victim of vandalism for the fourth time.
In the past, Pastor Joseph Basile has spoken against plans to turn an old warehouse on 24th Street into a mosque due to its proximity to homes. Things changed when his question about their beliefs went unanswered.
Basile says he asked the men in charge if they believed in Sharia law and they refused to answer. Their lawyer wouldn't let them answer.
Sharia law is moral laws for Muslims in which, in extreme versions, women are forced to wear all black and adulterers are stoned.
Basile says he is uncomfortable with Muslims not sharing what their beliefs are.
Earlier this week, Basile's house was graffitied. He was also verbally threatened by someone who knocked on his front door in another incident. So far, police have not caught anyone.
Following the last bought of vandalism, local Muslim leaders denounced the actions and said the pastor has the right to publicly share his concerns.
The zoning board meeting later in the month will decide the matter of the mosque.