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Opponents to Mosque In Murfreesboro, TN, Say They’ll Continue to Fight

Author: Scott Broden

Source: The Courier Journal

Plaintiffs said they will continue their fight against the right of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to build a mosque here.


And county attorneys agreed Wednesday to push a hearing to dismiss most of the lawsuit two months into the future.


Proposed Islamic Mosque In Bridgewater Draws Concerns From Residents About Traffic

Author: Eugene Paik

Source: New Jersey On-Line/The Star Ledger

An Islamic mosque, complete with a daycare center and a school, could be a new neighbor in a high-end residential section of Bridgewater Township.


Representatives of the Chughtai Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Bedminster, have filed an application with Bridgewater’s planning board to transform the old Redwood Inn on Mountain Top Road into a place of worship for area Muslims.

Proposed Buddhist Monastery Expansion Causing Concern

Author: Staff Writer

Source: 10 News San Diego

Residents expressed concerns at a community meeting on Tuesday about the proposed expansion of a Buddhist monastery in Bonsall.

The Buddhist monks at the Dai Dang monastery plan to expand their complex to include three additional buildings totaling 33,000 square feet. The buildings will house a school, worship center, commercial nursery and the international headquarters for a group of monasteries.

Religious Leaders Urge Approval Of DuPage Mosque

Author: Serena Maria Daniels and Joe Ruzich

Source: The Chicago Tribune,0,4860135.story

Muslim leaders and representatives of other faiths are urging DuPage County officials to reject the recommendation of the county’s Zoning Board and allow construction of a mosque near Willowbrook.

Proponents of the plan said Wednesday that they were troubled that a factor cited during the Zoning Board’s discussion of the mosque was that it would add to an oversaturation of religious institutions in the area.

“How many mosques constitute an oversaturation in DuPage County or the unincorporated area of DuPage County, according to the DuPage County Zoning Board of Appeals?” asked Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, at a news conference. “The answer would be one. One would be one too many apparently, and that’s very disconcerting to us.”

Hindu Temple Denied Zoning In Minneola

Author: Steve Gehlbach

Source: Fox 35 News

A Hindu temple in the city of Minneola cant move into a residential neighborhood. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to deny the re-zoning request from the Shri Ganesh Mandir Temple.


The small congregation of about 30 members wanted to worship in a two bedroom home the temple bought in October. But since then, neighbors have opposed the re-zoning.

One Small Town’s Battle for Tolerance

Author: Helen O’Neill

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

On a crisp November day in 2009, the cemetery on the hill received its first guest – a 28-year-old stonemason killed in a car accident two days earlier.


Solemnly his Sufi Muslim brethren buried him beneath a vibrant green headstone – the color of the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani order, which runs a 50-acre farm and mosque here. They prayed for him to rest in peace.


But that was not to be.


Because Pluralism Is Our Fundamentalism

Author: Robert Kolker

Source: The New York Magazine

The Anti-Defamation League called the plan to build a Muslim community and prayer center two blocks from ground zero “counterproductive to the healing process.” Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan suggested the mosque’s developers find another site. But while some in the religious world equivocated, the leaders pictured here unambiguously defended the project. Some supported the mayor at his August 3 press conference denouncing opposition to the mosque. Others joined in an interfaith statement made in Washington, D.C., in September. They all spoke from their pulpits.

Mosque Gains Commission’s Approval

Author: Jeff Horseman

Source: The Press-Enterprise

The Temecula Planning Commission voted unanimously late Wednesday to approve a plan to build a mosque on the city’s outskirts.

The 5-0 vote followed a 5 ½-hour public hearing in which more than 80 speakers testified for and against the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley mosque. Following public comments, several commissioner admonished mosque opponents for rude behavior and hateful language.

“I’ve got holes in my tongue from biting it from some of the things I heard,” Commissioner John Telesion said. “Ignorance of the facts breeds fear, fear breeds hatred and I hope that’s an anomaly.”

Council Unanimously Approves Permit For Mosque

Author: Jeff Bollier

Source: The Northwestern

The Oshkosh Common Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit to allow the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community-Oshkosh Chapter to establish a mosque and community center across from Oshkosh West High School.


Councilors voted 7-0 to grant the conditional use permit to the group to establish a mosque at 300 N. Eagle St. over adjacent property owners’ concerns that traffic, noise, 3:30 a.m. daily prayer services and that frequency of use will disrupt quality of life in the neighborhood.