- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - An Islamic congregation has filed a lawsuit alleging that a New Jersey town’s denial of a plan to build a mosque violated federal law.

MyCentralJersey.com reports (https://mycj.co/1pIrnjt ) the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and its president say the Bernard Township planning board’s denial of the mosque in December was illegal. There were 39 public hearings conducted on the proposal over a four-year span.

The lawsuit says what should have been a simple board approval devolved into an “ugly spectacle” of hostility against Islam. The group alleges that the opposition with the town evolved into a “well-funded machine.”

But Mayor Carol Bianchi says the allegations in the lawsuit don’t represent the community.

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Information from: Courier News (Bridgewater, N.J.) , https://www.mycentraljersey.com

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