Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Hate Sign

May 10, 2011 Updated May 10, 2011 at 8:13 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

May 10, 2011 Updated May 10, 2011 at 8:13 PM EDT


(Amherst, N.Y.) After years of planning and work, the Jaffarya Islamic Center in East Amherst is scheduled to open on Saturday.

The center is a combination mosque, cultural, and education facility.

But next door neighbor, Micheal Heick, is upset with the project. To protest, he placed a sign in his front yard which reads "Bomb Making - Next Driveway."

According to Town of Amherst officials, Heick is upset over lighting and landscape barriers.

The Jaffarya Center was scheduled to be opened in October. That was delayed while corrections were made to the lights around the Islamic Center's property which were shining into Heick's yard.

Town Officials say the landscape screening, which will prevent car headlights from shining on Michael Heick's property, has not been properly installed yet. The Jaffarya Center has until June 1st to complete that part of the project.

The sign has sparked an outrage among Western New York Religious leaders who plan to attend the grand opening of the mosque as a show of support.

"Western New York is better than this," says Executive Director Rev. Dr. G. Stanford Bratton from the Network of Religious Communities.

Micheal Heick was not available for comment.