ACLU asks Mayfield to reconsider permit
Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:01 pm
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Mayfield’s zoning board to reconsider its rejection of a permit for a downtown mosque.
In its rejection of the permit on Aug. 24, the board cited concerns about fire safety and building capacity and parking.
A letter sent on Wednesday on behalf of applicant Khadar Ahmed said the rejection was based on false assumptions and in violation of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion. It also said the board approved two similar permits for churches in the same zoning district.
According to The Courier-Journal, the zoning board initially voted on Aug. 10 to approve Ahmed’s application. But the board wrote to Ahmed later that day that it was reconsidering its approval because some people didn’t get a chance to speak at the meeting.
Mayfield City Attorney Boyd Neely did not immediately return a call Wednesday afternoon.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com
Published in The Messenger 9.24.10