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DOJ Probing City’s Denial of Mosque Zoning Request
By Andrew Ramonas | May 9, 2022 11:32 am

The Justice Department is probing a decision by Alpharetta, Ga., last year to reject a zoning request to expand a mosque, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

A DOJ spokesman told the newspaper that the Department is investigating whether Alpharetta broke a 2000 statute that is intended to protect religious groups from discrimination in zoning decisions.

City officials declined to comment to the newspaper.

The Alpharetta City Council in 2010 voted unanimously to deny the Islamic Center of North Georgia from knocking down a 2,500-square-foot facility and constructing a 1,900-square-foot structure and a 12,000-square-foot building with two stories.

The DOJ has been a target for criticism from Muslim Americans frustrated with the Department’s handling of terrorism investigations involving U.S. citizens.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez of the Civil Rights Division said at a Senate hearing in March that the DOJ is working to protect Muslim Americans from prejudice and abuse because of their religion. Perez listed several cases in which the DOJ has sought to guard the rights of Muslims to practice their religion freely and not endure discrimination.

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