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Interfaith Council Expresses Support For Mosque

Author: Aaron Claverie

Source: The Californian

Members of the local Interfaith Council, men and women of different colors and creeds, offered their support for the construction of a mosque in Temecula during a lecture Tuesday night at the city’s recreation center.

“I believe it will be a blessing,” said Larry Slusser, a Mormon who served as the host of the presentation that was attended by about 200 people.

The mosque, a 25,000-square-foot house of worship to be constructed in two phases, is being proposed for land in Nicolas Valley by the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, a congregation of area families that has been meeting in a business park on the west side of town.

US Attorney Joins Legal Battle Over Tennessee Mosque, Says Islam Is a Recognized Religion

Author: Kristin M. Hall

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

Wire Service: AP

Federal attorneys on Monday jumped into a court battle over the construction of a Tennessee mosque by offering legal proof that Islam is a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection.


U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin of Nashville said his office would not sit by while mosque opponents raise questions in court about whether Islam is a recognized religion. Martin said in a statement that to suggest otherwise “is quite simply ridiculous.”

Across The Atlantic, Another Mosque Splits A City

Author: Eleanor Beardsley

Source: NPR

New York is not the only city divided over the building of a mosque. In the French Mediterranean port of Marseille, construction of a large mosque is being hotly debated. Even though the cornerstone has already been laid, the project is far from being accepted by everyone.


The controversy reflects the deeper tensions simmering beneath the city’s surface.

In Fierce Opposition to a Muslim Center, Echoes of an Old Fight

Author: Paul Vitello

Source: The New York Times

Many New Yorkers were suspicious of the newcomers’ plans to build a house of worship in Manhattan. Some feared the project was being underwritten by foreigners. Others said the strangers’ beliefs were incompatible with democratic principles.

Concerned residents staged demonstrations, some of which turned bitter.

But cooler heads eventually prevailed; the project proceeded to completion. And this week, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan — the locus of all that controversy two centuries ago and now the oldest Catholic church in New York State — is celebrating the 225th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone.

ADL Leaders Defend Opposition to Mosque Near Ground Zero

Author: David Abel

Source: The Boston Globe

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, was confronted at the organization’s annual meeting today in Boston by members who suggested his opposition to a proposed Islamic center near the site of the terrorist attacks in New York has sullied the century-old organization’s reputation for fighting prejudice and promoting religious freedom.

After Foxman delivered an address about the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States, one audience member at the Sheraton Boston Hotel urged him to consider changing the leadership’s position about the location of the so-called Ground Zero mosque. He described it as “wrong substantively and wrong strategically” and said it put the ADL “in bed with bigots” and gives them “the cover of legitimacy.”

Hermit Monks Plan Monastery On Remote Wyo. Ranch

Author: Bob Moen

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

Plans by a group of Roman Catholic hermit monks to erect an outsized monastery in northern Wyoming have pitted neighbor against neighbor and aroused debate with religious undertones.


At the center of the Wyoming controversy is a remote ranch where the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel want to build a 144,000-square-foot French Gothic-style monastery and coffee roasting barn. The monastery will feature a church that seats 150, with one spire rising 150 feet.

Controversies Over Mosques And Islamic Centers Across the U.S.

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

This map shows the locations of 35 proposed mosques and Islamic centers that have encountered community resistance in the last two years. Click on a location for a brief overview of the project based on news reports. In many cases, the opposition has centered on neighbors’ concerns about traffic, noise, parking and property values – the same objections that often greet churches and other houses of worship as well as commercial construction projects. In some communities, however, opponents of mosques also have cited fears about Islam, sharia law and terrorism.

Neighbors Balk At Sikhs’ Plans for 40-Foot Dome

Author: Jeff Borgardt

Source: The Chicago Tribune,0,19526.story

Like many fledgling religious communities, the beginnings of what became the Sikh Religious Society in Palatine were modest.


A small group of Sikhs who were putting down roots in the north and west suburbs of Chicago in the late 1960s and early 1970s — mostly Indian immigrants — formed a community, meeting at first in one another’s homes. Later, they rented space from the Lombard Park District for Sunday worship.