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St. Anthony sued over rejection of Islamic center

August 27, 2014
Associated Press

ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — The federal government plans to sue the city of St. Anthony for rejecting a proposed Islamic center a couple of years ago.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1mSXXac ) reports U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger is set to formally announce the civil rights lawsuit at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The announcement follows a recent notice of intent to sue sent by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging religious discrimination.

A spokeswoman says the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis tried to reach an out-of-court agreement with the parties during a two-year investigation.

St. Anthony's city council voted 4-1 to reject the proposed Abu Huraira Islamic Center, saying a religious and cultural center wasn't compatible with the site's light-industrial zoning. More than 150 people attended the meeting, some of whom spoke out against the center.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

 
 

 

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