School to be Converted into an Islamic Center in South Park Township

March 10, 2006

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 10, 2006 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, "South Park Township officials last night heard from opponents and supporters of a plan to turn the vacant Broughton Elementary School into an Islamic center. Resident Brian Murray, who was among about 40 people who attended a hearing on the plans, told township supervisors he was against the plan... He said he believes that the Western Pennsylvania Cultural Center, which wants to open the center, is deceiving the public by claiming it is only going to be used by a small number of people. The Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization founded by Turkish families who are trying to preserve their traditions, culture, language and Islamic religious practices... The proposed Islamic center will be used for religious services, Turkish language classes and cultural events. The group, which has about 35 active members, was founded in 1999 and operates the Snowdrop Elementary School next to a mosque in Monroeville... Supervisors were still hearing testimony late last night and were not expected to immediately act on the plans."

See also: Islam, Schools