Before a packed meeting, the Kennesaw City Council tabled a vote on a proposal that would allow an Islamic worship center to open in the middle of a shopping center, Kennesaw Commons. The plan drew sharp debate over both zoning and Islam itself.
11Alive The group’s application says they would hold daily prayers five times a day — involving about ten people each time — as well as a larger and longer worship service each Friday afternoon involving 60 to 80 people.
Opponents argued that a place of worship, no matter the religion, has no place in a retail strip mall. Some expressed opposition to the presence of Muslims, period, saying the worship center in Kennesaw “will endanger our freedom.” “And it’s all about safety,” said a speaker. “Look at the TV every night. It’s global.”