History Behind ISB Controversy Remains Murky

May 26, 2006

Source: The New Republic Online


On May 26, 2006 The New Republic Online reported, "Dominating the eastern entrance to Boston's Roxbury Community College, and wedged between the college's red brick administration office and sports complex, is a nearly completed $22 million Islamic cultural center and mosque. In 2003 the city of Boston, through its development arm, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), agreed to transfer the ownership of this 1.9 acre parcel of city land to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). At a groundbreaking ceremony in 2002 in which Mayor Thomas Menino took part, Massachusetts politicians said the project would bring together Bostonians of all faiths. But since that day the mosque has become the focal point of bitter debate--and multiple lawsuits--involving allegations of ties by some of the ISB's leaders to terror groups, as described by journalists in recent years."