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CAIR-MI Welcomes DOJ Suit Over Zoning Denial for Islamic School

CAIR MI Welcomes DOJ Lawsuit Over Townships Denial of Zoning Permit for Islamic School(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 10/27/15) ­- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomed a U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit against Pittsfield Township, Mich., over its denial of zoning for an Islamic school.

CAIR-MI said the suit, filed by the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, accuses Pittsfield Township of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) “when it denied zoning approval to allow the Michigan Islamic Academy to build a school on a vacant parcel of land located in the township.”

The 2011 denial of zoning approval by the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees came despite the fact that the school met every requirement put forth by the township's planning commission to qualify.

That same year, CAIR-MI wrote a formal complaint to the DOJ seeking a federal probe into the zoning denial.

“We welcome the Department of Justice lawsuit in defense of the religious rights of Michigan Muslims and hope that the issue can be resolved quickly to facilitate the long-delayed education of Muslim youth,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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