Lawfare in New Jersey: Small Town Has To Pay Muslims $3.25 Mil After Rejecting Mosque

The Muslim Issue

This Town Has To Pay An Islamic Society $3.25 Million After Denying Its Right To Build A Mosque

The lawsuits claimed the town’s zoning board had denied an Islamic center’s application, over four years and 39 hearings, based on the members’ faith.

Originally posted on May 30, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
Updated on May 30, 2017, at 9:58 p.m.

Talal Ansari
Talal Ansari
BuzzFeed News Reporter*&output-format=auto&output-quality=autoWorshippers during a service at the Bernards Township Community Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, in 2017.

A town in New Jersey has to pay an Islamic society $3.25 million in a legal settlement after officials denied approval to build a mosque after 39 hearings that lasted for four years.

In two separate federal lawsuits filed in March and November of 2016, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and the Department of Justice, respectively, accused Bernards Township — just 50 miles west of Manhattan — of…

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