Thursday, March 16, 2017

Minnesota Chicago County Muslim Cemetery

Minnesota Chicago County Muslim Cemetery --- ===

December 21, 2016 crime: possible discrimination against muslims Justice department investigates Minnesota Chicago County Muslim Cemetery December 21, 2016, Chisago County commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the cemetery. Bosnian muslim group asks for and is denied approval for a cemetary. Proposed for use as a cemetery in March 2014.,  township board rejected the original property owner’s application. The bought the land anyway in November 2014 and again applied for a permit.Judge David L. Knutson ruled Jan. 29 that the township must issue a permit to th e Al Maghfirah Cemetery Association. influenced by Islamophobic sentiments, the Islamic Community of Bosniaks sued, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked for a Department of Justice investigation into whether the county violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Federal authorities applied pressure March 1 when they said they would investigate.  first 20 acres of the 73-acre site to accommodate an estimated 35,000 burials....  two Islamic cemeteries in Roseville and Burnsville are nearing capacity metro Twin Cities Muslim population continues to grow, while also making Islamic burials more affordable

2/11/2016 Judge OKs Muslim cemetery in Minnesota, overriding ...
Judge OKs Muslim cemetery in Minnesota, overriding township ... as the metro Twin Cities Muslim population ... U.S. Justice Department to investigate the case to ...Dakota County district judge has cleared the way for a controversial Islamic cemetery in Castle Rock Township.  Judge David L. Knutson ruled Jan. 29 that the township must issue a permit to the Al Maghfirah Cemetery Association.decision was“arbitrary and capricious.”   association sued in May after the township rejected its application, claiming a loss of tax revenue and concern the property wouldn’t be maintained.

In addition, the board objected that the cemetery could not be open to the public.

“It’s a victory for the community and a victory for people of all different faiths,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota, said of Knutson’s ruling

3/16.2017 Chisago County board reconsiders, now supports Muslim cemetery · 14 minutes ago
Peter Cox | MPR News After pressure from the U.S. Justice Department, the siting of a Muslim cemetery may go forward in rural Chisago ... executive director of the …
The county commissioners voted in December to deny the project.  A Bosnian Muslim organization asked for the permit to use land for a cemetery just south of Lindstrom. The commission originally declined to issue the permit by a vote  of 3-2. On March 1, the Justice Department told the board it was investigating.  wasn't a good fit for the neighborhood and there was also some concerns about traffic. And what they called the general unsightliness of potentially what cemeteries can look like if they're not maintained," Messelt said.

Commissioner Mike Robinson said some commenters "seemed like they were going more against religion than right and wrong.

Under pressure from feds, Chisago County Board set to reconsider turned-down Muslimcemetery
Minneapolis Star Tribune · 1 day ago
The Chisago County Board is expected Wednesday to take a fresh look at its decision in December to reject a Muslim cemetery after learning that the U.S. Justice …

3/16/2017  Under threat of suit and investigation, Chisago County approves Muslim cemetery
City Pages The Islamic Community of Bosniaks, a Muslim ... Department of Justice investigation into whether the county violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons …met by fierce opposition from residents, who complained about the cemetery being an eyesore and polluting the groundwater.

Underlying the criticism was a clear bigotry against Muslims, which City Pages uncovered through a data request for residents' correspondence with county commissioners.

"I've heard a little about the Muslim cemetery proposal you guys are acting on. I have huge concerns about it in a big way," said Bob Streater of North Branch in a voicemail.

"I'm aware that they're probably threatening to sue. I do believe we'll have a new administration in the federal government soon that will maybe look out more for the regular people who have been here and maybe the thuggery of using the law in a way it really wasn't intended to be used will maybe go away. So I hope that you guys will stick up for the people here who have been here."

 "Don't give members of the Bosniak group a convenient reason to drive through our towns, scout our schools, map out our churches, and see where we gather