Friday, October 04, 2013

Mosque Wins Preliminary Injunction Barring Enforcement of Zoning Change

In Al Falah Center v. City of Bridgewater, (D NJ, Sept. 30, 2013), a New Jersey federal district issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of a zoning law change enacted quickly after a Muslim group applied for a permit to construct a mosque on land it had acquired. The new ordinance barred houses of worship on the newly-acquired land.  The court found a likelihood of success as to plaintiff's RLUIPA substantial burden claim. The court also denied defendants' motion for summary judgment on free exercise, equal protection and RLUIPA claims. The Newark Star-Ledger reports on the decision. Brennan Center has further background and links to pleadings in the case.