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Mayfield, Ky., my hometown, will have a Muslim prayer space after all. The city’s board of zoning adjustments recently reversed itself and approved a Somali man’s request for such a space, which the media and many townsfolk have been calling a mosque. “This is a good-hearted town,” Tom Waldrop, a former city council member, told […] Read More

(RNS) President Obama plans to visit one of the world’s largest mosques during his trip to Indonesia in November, the White House announced Thursday (Oct. 28). The visit to Istiqlal Mosque on Nov. 10 will precede a speech about U.S. outreach to Muslims throughout the world, said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser. Rhodes […] Read More

UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A judge denied a city request for custodial receivership of two apartment buildings owned by the imam who wants to build a controversial mosque near Ground Zero, but demanded that he prove that safety and health code violations are being addressed. State Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri on Wednesday (Sept. 15) […] Read More

(RNS) The imam who proposed an Islamic community center near Ground Zero said Tuesday (Sept. 7) that changing his plans would play into the hands of extremists who think Americans oppose Islam. “The wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build this community center from across the social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermines […] Read More