Daytona approves transforming ex-YMCA site into gigantic mosque for local muslims: Christian opponent calls it 'evil'

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Plans to transform the former spawling YMCA site in a gigantic mosque for a local Muslim organization were unanimously approved by the mayor and city commissioners Wednesday night, despite the vehement objection of a Christian minister who dismissed it as "un-American," "sinful" and downright "evil."

The Rev. Anthony Starns of Daytona Beach, didn't mince words before the city commission vote, expreessing his disdain of the requeast sought by the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, which currently numbers 400 devout muslims and growing in a much smaller mosque that opened in the late 1980s on South Keech Street.

"Muslims want to invade," Starns said, reinforcing fears here in the Sunshine State and across America, who are opposed to President Obama's plan to re-settle 10,000 Syrian refugees, displaced by the massive civil war in their homeland that includes ISIS, the radical Islam Sunni terrorist caliphate that unleashed the bloody attacks in Paris, France, on Friday the 13th.

Starns called the proposed new mosque that would sit on a 6 1/2--acre site at along wth plans down the road for a school, day-care center and library, as "un-American," "sinful" and downright evil."




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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.