Some Hoover residents say opposition to a proposed Muslim worship center is mostly about religion, even though most of the public talk has been about traffic.

Some are speaking out in support of a developer’s request to build the worship center on a wooded, 4.7-acre lot at the intersection of Sulphur Springs and Al Seier roads.

“I think it would be a disgrace or shameful if we prevent this religious group from coming in here,” said Jerry Akers, who has lived in The Preserve subdivision near the proposed site for three years.

Jennifer Campbell said it’s easier to complain about traffic than speak out publicly against Muslims.

“I truly believe if it were something like a Methodist chapel or something like that, there would not have been such a community-wide response to come together,” said Campbell, who also lives in The Preserve.

About 150 people attended a June 25 meeting at Gwin Elementary School that was organized by opponents to the center. Traffic was the main concern raised. No one spoke in favor of the center.

Opponents planned to start a petition drive and write letters to city hall.


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