Georgia City Under Fire for Refusing Retail Space to Muslim Group for Mosque
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Dec 04
Charisma News reports that the City Council of Kennesaw, Georgia denied the request, citing a zoning ordinance that forbids places of worship in the shopping center; the Muslim group who issued the request has no filed suit, claiming the denied request violates their religious freedom.
Douglas Dillard, attorney to the Muslim Kennesaw residents said, "We think it's discriminatory, and it violates equal terms. They had no reason to deny this.”
Prior to the City Council’s 4-1 vote to deny the request, about 10 protesters waved American flags and held signs that said, “No mosque.”
Another shopping center in Kennesaw reportedly houses a mosque but city spokeswoman Pam Davis said that the retail space has “completely different zoning” which permits houses of worship.
Publication date: December 4, 2014