Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mosque Sues Over Denial of Sewage Permit

As previously reported, last December the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Culpeper County, Virginia alleging that it violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act by denying a sewage permit application to the Islamic Center of Culpeper. Now the Islamic Center has filed its own lawsuit making similar allegations.  The complaint (full text) in Islamic Center of Culpeper v. County of Culpeper, Virginia, (WD VA, filed 3/9/2017) alleges:
The County of Culpeper ... has denied the Islamic Center of Culpeper... essential religious freedoms and equal protection under the law by refusing a “pump and haul” permit to enable ICC to construct a mosque on its own property. This Nation is founded on the principle that there will be religious freedom for all, but the County’s actions in this case violate that tenet by treating ICC differently than other similarly situated religious congregations.
WVIR reports on the lawsuit.