A New Jersey town that rejected a plan by local Muslims to build a mosque by requiring it to have more parking spaces on its property than churches and synagogues is paying the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge $3.25 million in damages and legal fees after reaching a settlement.
When Muslims in Bernards Township, N.J., sought to build a mosque, they found themselves subjected to a strange requirement that wasn’t imposed on other houses of worship: They’d have to build a “supersized” parking lot.
Officials in the township insisted that since Muslims gather for prayers on Friday afternoon, everyone who might come to the mosque should have a dedicated parking spot.
Americans United partnered with the Bridge Initiative yesterday to host a Facebook Live discussion, “Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.”
President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries is effectively a Muslim ban and should immediately be put on hold, according to a legal brief filed today by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Thanks to oppressive legislation and policies, restrictions on and interference with women’s rights plague many countries around the globe, regardless of the majority religion and the church-state arrangement in those nations.
An Oklahoma state representative says he will file legislation next year to prohibit “terrorist organizations” from being active in Oklahoma, news outlets are reporting.
State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) led an interim study Oct. 25 in the House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee about “radical Islam” and groups he perceives as dangerous.
Bennett listed Hamas, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the North American Islamic Trust and the Islamic Society of North America as organizations that must be opposed because they “are here to destroy us.”
Americans United for Separation of Church and State said today that it will work vigorously to oppose any attempts by the administration of Donald J. Trump to undermine religious freedom in the United States.
Not-so-nice things have been happening in Minnesota lately for religious minorities. A recent Minnesota Public Radio News report highlighted a spate of disturbingly islamophobic speakers catering to the Religious Right’s rhetoric at events in largely rural areas of the state.