In Whitfield County, Mosque Approved After Much Debate

June 13, 2005

Source: WDEF - News 12

On June 13, 2005 WDEF - News 12 reported, "It's been a long and heated debate ever since members of the Dalton Islamic Center asked county commissioners for approval to build a new mosque. It was the Dug Gap Road location that got many nearby residents upset. Some claimed that traffic was already too heavy in the area and they did not want to see anything else added to it. A few people even spoke out about the fear of terrorism that they connected with the Islamic faith. Commissioners then decided to table the decision and perform a traffic study in the Dug Gap Road community. The commissioners met again Monday night to decide if the land would be approved... And it was a unanimous yes... The commissioners made a few stipulations for the mosque... Including no public calls to prayer over a loud speaker."

See also: Islam, Zoning