American Farm Town Rocked by Plans for Muslim Retreat

September 30, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

WALKERSVILLE, Maryland: The corn fields and church steeples proudly displayed on Walkersville's municipal seal reflect traditions that some residents say are threatened by plans for a Muslim mosque and convention site in the rural town of 5,600.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, whose origins trace back to a Pakistani holy man at the turn of the 20th century, insists it will be a peaceful, friendly neighbor. But its proposal — including an annual gathering of thousands of Ahmadis — is being resisted by the town's overwhelmingly white, Christian residents who are worried about Islamic extremists as the Iraq war rages on.