Palos Heights

Calvin To Host Koldenhoven

March 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Calvin College News

http://www.calvin.edu/news/releases/2007-08/koldenhoven.htm

Calvin College will host Dean Koldenhoven on March 31 for the 12th annual Paul B. Henry Lecture.

A former mayor of Palos Heights, Ill., and a 2002 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, Koldenhoven will speak on "Religious Tolerance, Love your Neighbor" at 7:30 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center. The...

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Jury Rules That Palos Heights Did Not Violate Mosque Rights

May 22, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/05/22/jury_town_didnt_violate_muslims_rights/

On May 22, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "a federal jury has found that a Chicago suburb didn't violate the civil rights of a Muslim group that claims city officials conspired to foil its plans to turn a vacant church into a mosque and school. The Al Salam Mosque Foundation sued the city of Palos Heights in...

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Palos Heights Mosque Case Puts Spotlight on Religious Freedom

May 22, 2005

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-mosque22.html

On May 22, 2005 the Chicago Sun-Times reported, "although Al Salam Mosque Foundation's attorney Gregory Kulis is disappointed a federal court jury rejected the Muslim group's claims that Palos Heights violated its civil rights and kept it from building a mosque five years ago, he's glad the lawsuit put a glaring spotlight on the issue of religious freedom. 'We're glad we brought...

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Palos Heights Mosque Trial Heats Up

May 18, 2005

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsindex/18-ds1.htm

On May 18, 2005 the Daily Southtown reported, "a former Palos Heights alderman who spearheaded an effort to give a group of Muslims money so they wouldn't convert a church to a mosque five years ago testified Tuesday he had nothing but 'fiscal responsibility' in mind when he made the offer. Former Ald. Jim Murphy was called to testify as a hostile witness by attorneys for the Al...

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Palos Heights Denies Mosque Needed City Approval

May 17, 2005

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/171nd1.htm

On May 17, 2005 the Daily Southtown reported, "lawyers for Palos Heights told a federal jury Monday a group of Muslims seeking to set up a mosque five years ago never needed the city's permission to do so, and mistakenly allowed municipal government — as well as some admittedly bigoted reactions — to influence what should have been a simple real estate transaction. The city is...

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Palos Heights Mosque Case Delayed

November 10, 2004

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/south/105syt2.htm

On November 10, 2004 Daily Southtown reported, "a federal judge has pushed back the planned trial date for the civil rights lawsuit filed against Palos Heights by a Muslim group that wanted to build a mosque in the city four years ago. U.S. District Judge James Zagel vacated the Nov. 15 trial date for the $6.2 million lawsuit. A new date has not been set, but attorney...

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Palos Heights Trial to Begin in November

August 22, 2004

Source: The Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/south/227syt3.htm

On August 22, 2004 The Daily Southtown reported, "a Nov. 15 trial date has been set in a $6.2 million federal lawsuit by the Al Salam Mosque Foundation that accuses Palos Heights of civil rights violations and discrimination in opposing a mosque in the city. In 2000, Al Salam created a major controversy by announcing its intent to buy the Christian Reformed Church of...

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Palos Heights Discrmination Case Continues

August 10, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 10, 2000, The New York Times reported that the city of Palos Heights, Illinois, is the target of a federal civil rights lawsuit. The City Council had voted to pay the Al Salam Mosque Foundation $200,000 to walk away from purchasing a church in Palos Heights that they had intended to turn into a mosque. The mosque foundation accepted the buyout offer, but then the mayor of Palos Heights, Dean Koldenhoven, vetoed the buyout, saying he considered it an insult to Muslims. Now the mosque foundation is "seeking $6.2 million,...

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Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

July 29, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On July 29, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against the city of Palos Heights by Muslims who say officials prevented them from buying property to use as a place of worship." The Al Salam Mosque Foundation claims that the suburb "violated the group's constitutional right to freedom of religion by refusing to approve zoning for the planned mosque. It also charges Mayor Dean Koldenhoven and all eight aldermen with conspiracy in violation of a civil rights law, alleging that they '...

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