Apr 28 2011
Not surprisingly, Muslims are suing the town. I wonder if Gov. Chris Christie will stick his big fat Muslim sympathizing nose in this case now, too?
NJ –BRIDGEWATER — A group of Somerset County Muslims is suing the township, alleging it illegally changed its zoning laws to block them from renovating a vacant banquet hall into a mosque and community center, according to court papers.
“What should have been an uncomplicated approval of the application then foundered in a storm of anti-Muslim sentiment and hysteria,” (Good for them!) stated the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Trenton.
Worshippers associated with the mosque, called al-Falah Center, sought to renovate the vacant Redwood Inn on Mountaintop Road. But the proposal led to concerns about traffic safety in the area, and the township passed an ordinance last month barring houses of worship from being constructed on residential streets — effectively blocking the mosque’s construction at that location.
Bridgewater Council President Howard Norgalis said the ordinance didn’t prevent mosque officials from presenting their case before the local zoning board for variances to build at the site. “I’m disappointed they didn’t exercise all their options and then made a decision,” he said.