Pa. Town, DOJ Ink Settlement In Mosque Discrimination Row

Law360, Philadelphia (September 5, 2017, 4:41 PM EDT) -- As part of a settlement over allegedly discriminatory zoning decisions announced by federal prosecutors on Tuesday, a suburban Philadelphia municipality has agreed to allow a local Islamic group to move ahead with plans to construct a mosque.

The agreement ends a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice accusing Bensalem Township of infringing on the religious liberties of the Bensalem Masjid by denying zoning approvals that would have allowed the group to build a mosque on three adjoining parcels of land.

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Case Title

THE BENSALEM MASJID INC. v. BENSALEM TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA et al


Case Number

2:14-cv-06955

Court

Pennsylvania Eastern

Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Other

Judge

MICHAEL M. BAYLSON

Date Filed

December 8, 2014


Case Title

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BENSALEM TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA


Case Number

2:16-cv-03938

Court

Pennsylvania Eastern

Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Other

Judge

MICHAEL M. BAYLSON

Date Filed

July 21, 2016

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