US city finally gave approval for the construction of a mosque in the state of New Jersey. Earlier the local government rejected the effort and in response to that group of Muslims sued.
The approval came on late Monday after the two-year effort.It was to convert an abandoned warehouse into a mosque. Approval was to establish an Islamic community center in Bayonne, across the harbor from New York City.
Efforts made by Muslims
The continuous attacks against the Muslim religion. The city’s zoning board voted them down. Attacks against the mosque effort included flyers. They were calling for boycotts of Muslim-owned businesses with references to the September 11 attacks. They boycotted anti-Muslim graffiti on the walls of the church. These were rented for prayer services.
The signs of “Save Bayonne” and “Stop the mosque” were displayed around the town.
The township committee voted unanimously Tuesday night for the approval of mosque construction.
They are looking forward to the settlement agreement with federal authorities over allegations of discrimination.
Americans Reaction to the mosque approval
People are arguing over mosque approval. Opponents were called again for rejection. Joseph Basile, a local pastor shared his views. He says that“I do not believe our city should bend to the threat of a lawsuit.”
The lengthy legal battle might cost Bayonne millions of dollars as noticed by city officials.
Adeel Mangi, Muslim group lawyer also shared his views. He received a unanimous approval from the Zoning Board. They even look forward to welcoming Bayonne residents of all faiths to the city’s first mosque.
Mosque opponents have cited parking and traffic issues as their main concerns. The Bayonne Muslims argued that the building would be located in an uncongested part of the city with ample parking.
The city resident Melanie Flora says that the mosque’s approval would impact her quality of life. The people and noise coming into the neighborhood seven days a week will disturb her. This is not fair to me or my neighbors say, Flora.
The statement given by American’s is “They accept everybody for who they are”.