Tuesday, June 23, 2020

DOJ Sues Virginia County Over Restrictions On Creating Muslim Cemetery

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal RLUIPA lawsuit against Stafford County, Virginia. The complaint (full text) in United States v. Stafford County, Virginia, (ED VA, filed 5/19/2020) alleges in part that the county has imposed:
restrictive zoning requirements that preclude the All Muslim Association of America ... from establishing an Islamic cemetery on land it owns, thereby impeding its religious practice of providing low-cost burial services to persons of the Islamic faith. The County’s actions constitute a substantial burden on the free exercise of the religion of the All Muslim Association, in violation of the  Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000....
The Justice Department issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.