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CAIR to Call for an End to Illegal Restrictions on McLean Islamic Center at Fairfax County Public Hearing

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/2/2018) — On Wednesday, October 3, a representative from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will attend a public hearing in Fairfax, Va., to call for the suspension of restrictions set by the county on the McLean Islamic Center (MIC). 

MIC is the first and only Islamic Center in its area. In 2015, MIC purchased property in Tysons Corner, Va., that had been used as a house of worship for decades. It was then granted a special permit from the county to use the property as a house of worship for Muslims. 

But the county subjected MIC to burdensome restrictions, including one that eliminates MIC’s ability to offer some kinds of religious services to its congregants.

On Oct. 3, CAIR will express its view to Fairfax County’s Board of Zoning Appeals that a federal statute — the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) — obligates the county to lift burdensome restrictions that needlessly inhibit MIC’s ability to use its land for religious purposes.

In advance of tomorrow’s hearing, CAIR formally submitted comments in support of MIC’s call for the suspension of restrictions

CLICK HERE TO READ CAIR’S LETTER SUBMITTED TO THE Fairfax County’s Board of Zoning Appeals

WHO: McLean Islamic Center, CAIR, and Other Faith-Based Groups 
WHAT: Public hearing to ask for clemency from restrictions preventing free worship
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Board Auditorium in the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax VA 22035
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, rmccaw@cair.com, 202.742.6448.  CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, gabbas@cair.com, 720.251.0425

“RLUIPA requires Fairfax County to stop treating MIC differently than it does other houses of worship,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.  

“Fairfax County must respect the rights of Muslims in McLean to practice their faith and use their land for religious purposes,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas.  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

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