28 Apr '11, 1am

Islamic group sues US town over denial of mosque proposal

NEWARK (New Jersey) - AN ISLAMIC group has sued a suburban town it says engaged in religious discrimination by abruptly changing zoning regulations to prevent the opening of a mosque. Members of the Al Falah Centre and local residents filed suit on Tuesday in federal court against Bridgewater Township's mayor, council and planning officials. The lawsuit says the sudden zoning changes thwarted plans the group had been working on, with the township's knowledge, to convert a closed banquet hall in a mostly residential area into a mosque and community center. It accuses town officials of bowing to pressure from protesters and an anti-mosque Internet campaign. The Bridgewater protests were reminiscent of opposition to an Islamic center and mosque planned in New York City near the World Trade Center site. Developers have envisioned an Islamic center, a large health club, a day c...

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