Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a New Jersey city that prevented a Muslim group from building a mosque. The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey confirmed that it is investigating after Bayonne rejected the mosque’s application. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has unveiled a $3.25 million settlement between a different New Jersey town and an Islamic group, a deal that requires the town to allow a mosque to be built after a similar zoning dispute.
The Muslims in Bayonne filed a federal lawsuit against the city and its zoning board last week. They argue their two-year effort to convert an abandoned warehouse into a mosque and community center was unfairly voted down by a zoning board and was met by virulent attacks against their religion. READ MORE