Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Feds Bring RLUIPA Suit Against County That Barred Mosque Construction

The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it has 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.  The complaint (full text) in United States v. County of Culpeper, VA, (WD VA, filed 12/12/2016) alleges that denial of the"pump and haul" permit prevents the Islamic Center from building a mosque on land it has purchased. The land's zoning classification permits religious land use by right.