Update: Voorhees Mosque Wins Approval

November 11, 2003

Source: Reuters


On November 11, 2003 Reuters reported that "a Muslim group moved ahead Tuesday with plans for a new mosque in a small New Jersey town where an interfaith coalition helped overcome opposition from some locals who issued leaflets claiming the place of worship would attract terrorists. The zoning board for Voorhees, a Philadelphia suburb, approved the $193,000 plan for the mosque last week despite opposition from some neighbors who feared the facility would bring terrorist links to their doorsteps. 'It was approved because there was no legal reason in the world to disapprove it,' said Rev. Melanie Morel Sullivan, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Sullivan also belongs to the Coalition for Multifaith Democracy, a group including Methodists, Catholics, Quakers, Unitarian Universalists, Muslims and Jews, who backed plans for a new mosque proposed by the local Muslim American Community Association... 'We were very heartened by the support that the Muslim community got from different churches,' said Zia Rahman, managing trustee of the association. 'It was very helpful and it far outweighs the opposition.'"