NYT–Muslims Sue Over Denial of Bid to Build Mosque in New Jersey Suburb

In a prosperous New Jersey suburb about an hour west of Manhattan, a retired AT&T executive decided with some friends to open a mosque in the town where he has lived for nearly 40 years, been on the board of education, led a task force to create the town’s community center and even served as mayor.
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About 65 people attended the congregation’s Friday prayer services, which were held in rented halls or sometimes in parks.

On the surface, the process seemed straightforward: In November 2011, the group, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, led by the former mayor, Mohammad Ali Chaudry, bought a four-acre plot in an area of Basking Ridge where zoning permitted houses of worship. The group’s architects and engineers argued that the plan complied by a wide margin with every conceivable building requirement.

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2 comments on “NYT–Muslims Sue Over Denial of Bid to Build Mosque in New Jersey Suburb

  1. David Keller says:

    Interesting story. I wonder if it was an ACNA parish being opposed, if it would have appeared in the NYT at all. Of course, you all know the answer; which is why you really can’t trust the Times.

  2. Katherine says:

    The article doesn’t cover the ground of why this building permit was denied very thoroughly. It assumes that the objections were anti-Islamic. There were those, but it’s not clear they were expressed in the zoning meetings.