Albanian Muslims Seek OK for Site in Wayne

July 26, 2007


Source: The Record

A federal judge is weighing whether Wayne's attempt to take property owned by an Albanian Muslim group fits the legal description of religious discrimination. .

But first U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan must determine whether the law -- which protects religious institutions from discrimination through land use regulations -- applies in a lawsuit the Albanian Associated Fund has brought against the township. The Fund's complaint is being supported by U.S. Justice Department officials who contend that the township conducted an irregular review of a Fund application to build a mosque and community center on the property.