Mosque Mess: U.S. Government Sues Minn. Town Over Islamic Center Rejection

Sep 2, 2014

By Sarah Jones

A Minnesota town is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for denying a zoning permit to a mosque.

Members of the Abu Huraira Islamic Center claim they were unconstitutionally denied the permit by the city of St. Anthony in 2012. On Wednesday, the DOJ agreed.

Speaking at a press conference about the suit, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lugar didn’t mince words.

“An injustice has been done,” Lugar announced. “I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws.”

He added, “Abu-Huraira’s right to hold prayer services in their building, in the city of St. Anthony, is the only resolution we seek. And we will not give up until we receive it.”

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