Opposition Builds Over Proposed Mosque in IL

June 7, 2004

Source: The Daily Southtown


On June 7, 2004 The Daily Southtown reported on a growing controversy in Orland over the proposed building of a local mosque. "About 150 residents packed an Orland Park Plan Commission meeting this month, with many objecting to the mosque, the first of the village's 25 houses of worship that would not be a Christian church. Plan commissioners approved the plan, sending it on to the village board. Most of the opponents said they were concerned only about the mosque worsening traffic problems in the area. But some were openly worried about the building drawing Islamic extremists — what one resident called 'the elephant in the room. 'My feeling is they (mosque opponents) were tip-toeing around their real issues,' said Khalid Mozaffar, co-chairman of the Southwest Interfaith Team and a mosque supporter. 'If you stood out in the hallway after (the plan commission meeting), it was all about Muslims coming to town, not about traffic.'"