Saturday, October 27, 2007

No Walkersville Zoning Change ( Yet?)

This isn't a story that I could get excited about, but I ran it previously so here's an update.

The Walkersville Town Commission has postponed a decision on an amendment to zoning laws that could have blocked a Muslim sect's proposal to build a retreat and prayer center on a farm in the Frederick County town.

Meanwhile, Walkersville officials are being accused of discriminating against the Silver Spring-based Islamic group, which is seeking to build the retreat and workshop facility on a 224-acre farm.

An attorney for the farm's owner has called on the Justice department to investigate whether town officials violated the federal law that prohibits discrimination against religious institutions in land use applications.more

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