The vast majority of the anti-mosque protesters in Sterling Heights, Michigan are ‘Chaldean Christian immigrants from Iraq.’ The mosque proposal was voted down unanimously (9 to 0) by the Planning Commission for a number of reasons.
Detroit News But that didn’t stop designated terrorist group CAIR from doing what they always do – filing a lawsuit with the Obama Department of Justice. This was worked well for them in the past, but once Trump becomes president, they can go pound sand….along with this lawsuit.
— Priya Mann (@Local4Priya) September 10, 2015
The American Islamic Community Center filed a federal civil lawsuit against Sterling Heights on Wednesday alleging it violated several federal laws when it denied the center a permit to build a mosque there.
CAIR Attorney Azzam Elder filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of the organization, alleging the site plan submitted by the center in 2015 met all of the requirements to build a mosque on 15 Mile between Ryan and Mound, but the proposal went to a public hearing before a “hostile” planning commission and public, according to the lawsuit.
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) September 11, 2015
“With a vociferous and racist member of the planning commission leading the charge, the planning commission voted to reject the site plan,” Elder wrote in the lawsuit. “With no other choice, the American Islamic Community Center has filed this suit seeking equitable relief to build the Mosque and seeks damages as the City of Sterling Heights’ conduct violates, among other things, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.”
Elder is also asking the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene as a result of evidence he and other attorneys discovered during a 10 month investigation into the city, after it denied the center a permit to build a mosque in September.
Elder said evidence will show at public hearings, Muslim residents, including senior citizens and teenagers, were threatened, assaulted, spit on and dehumanized.
The vote rejecting the mosque followed a months-long controversy that exposed a rift between civil rights activists and residents concerned about traffic congestion, lowered property values and the appropriateness of a mosque in a Christian neighborhood. Some area Muslims said the complaints masked an anti-Muslim bias.