Following a lengthy debate over the construction of a 20,000+ square-foot Islamic worship center in a residential area of Sterling Heights, Mich., ended last week with a vote of the town’s planning commission.
Commissioners voted unanimously against issuing the building permit after hearing concerns from several affected residents. One asserted:
You guys are forcing us out of this neighborhood.
Several said their families were afraid of the potential that the Islamic center could breed extremism. The audience cheered one man’s firm stance:
A facility to store weapons, training, whatever it is—we don’t need this in our city. Pick another one.
Outside city hall, a group of enthusiastic activists cheered the 9-0 decision.