Muslim Schools Win Zoning Battles in Virginia and California

February 12, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On February 12, 1998, The Washington Post reported that the Loudon County Planning Commission voted unanimously on February 11 to recommend approval of a Muslim school project in Virginia. The Post reports that the project had "drawn fierce opposition from some residents who say they fear it will attract terrorists. Members of the commission said they had considered residents' concerns about the proposed school, but had to base their decision on land-use issues. "I wouldn't do anything that jeopardizes anybody's safety," said commission member Robert F. DuPree Jr. "I've looked at this one, and I just don't see it as a threat. It's a school." In California's Silicon Valley, after a four-year legal struggle with LSI Logic Corporation, the city council of Santa Clara granted a use permit to Granada Islamic School. The school is affiliated with the Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area (MCA), and is adjacent to the community's large and active masjid.