Pa. Town's Biased Regs Shut Out New Mosque, Suit Says

Law360, New York (December 8, 2014, 6:24 PM EST) -- Muslim congregation Bensalem Masjid Inc. filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday alleging Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, has violated the religious group's constitutional right to exercise its religion and be treated equally, by refusing to let the group build a mosque.

The group says the township's discriminatory and burdensome land-use regulations have prohibited it from constructing a mosque on its property in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 and Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act.

It also alleges that the Bensalem Township Zoning Hearing Board's denial of the group's application for a use variance...

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