Litigation jihadists from the Michigan Chapter of CAIR, (Council on American-Islamic Relations), have filed a lawsuit against the city of Troy stating they discriminated against a Muslim community group by rejecting plans to build an Islamic center.
Detroit News Adam Community Center sued the city council, planning commission and members of Troy’s zoning board of appeal after trying unsuccessfully to build a community center in Troy, which has approximately 53 places of worship within its 33.6-square-mile border but not one for Muslims, according to CAIR.
The lawsuit alleges Troy officials purposely and unconstitutionally tried to block the Muslim community from building a mosque along Rochester Road, north of Big Beaver Road, by unfairly and illegally applying zoning ordinances.
THE Troy Zoning Board of Appeals indicated there was no acceptable place in the city left for the group to build a mosque.
Amy Doukoure, staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement “When public officials are apparently guided by Islamophobia in their decision-making, we have an obligation to fight back to preserve our religious freedoms.”
Troy officials “will aggressively defend this lawsuit,” City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm wrote in an email to The News. “The city articulated several reasons for its denial of Adam’s multiple and significant variance requests for a retrofit of an existing building on Rochester Road that abuts residential properties,” she wrote.
The lawsuit is the latest legal fight involving a Metro Detroit municipality and Muslim groups trying to build places of worship.
“Troy has unfortunately taken the route of other municipalities in blocking the establishment or expansion of religious facilities for American Muslims,” CAIR-Michigan’s executive director, Dawud Walid (photo above), said in a statement. “We have no other option except to assert the constitutional rights of our community through litigation.”
Dawud Walid has been a CAIR troublemaker for a long time, such as in 2015 when he accused the FBI of sending spy planes over the Muslim community in Dearborn to spy on them: