Feds sue Minnesota
They are building a giant “Islamic Center” that takes up almost a whole city block less than one mile from my house in Beaverton, Oregon. I was wondering why no one has complained. I mean, I’m not against building anything new, but thanks to the EPA, friends of the wild geese association, or whatever, anytime there is practically anything is built, there must be a bunch of money spent. Everyone has to do, at the very minimum, an environmental impact study. There was 25 million spent by the city of Portland on building a bridge just last year. This was before a single shovel of dirt was turned. It took thousands and over six months of government bureaucracy and multiple permits before my favorite bar The Growlerie could open. They also were required to post flyers around town that a new bar was in the planning and an alcohol license was pending. Everyone had to know and a hearing was held for the public to offer protest. I’m not trying to compare a church and meeting place to a bar. But it still has an environmental and social impact none the less. But an “Islamic Center” is still being built and there is definitely a fast track. It made me wonder, That is, until I read this article…
H/T to R.D. Walker
Evidently it wasn’t enough for the backers of the Islamic center to sue. The feds did it on their behalf.
The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony for alleged religious discrimination for rejecting a proposed Islamic center in 2012, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Wednesday.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, alleges that the St. Anthony Village City Council treated the group’s application for a conditional use permit at the St. Anthony Business Center on less-than-equal terms as other, non-religious permits to assemble.
“Freedom of religion and the right to assembly peaceably are enshrined for all Americans in the Bill of Rights,” Luger said in a news release. “The people of Abu Huraira have a right to assembly peaceably — they have a right to practice their religion, and it’s our job to enforce that right.”
The lawsuit contends the Minneapolis suburb violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, and that denying the permit made it difficult for the group’s members to practice their faith. The suit seeks a court order requiring St. Anthony to allow the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to maintain a worship space in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center.
In a statement Wednesday, the city said there was no discrimination.
Question: Can you imagine the federal government suing a city for rejecting, say, an Assemblies of God Christian outreach center?
Yeah, me neither