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Petitioning The Township of Bridgewater

Support alFalah Center - Protect freedom of religion!

The Muslim community in and around Bridgewater Township, in Central NJ, has never had its own house of worship - and now our proposed Islamic Center needs your help! We recently submitted an application to build alFalah Islamic Center, here in Bridgewater. But our local government has just voted unanimously to change the zoning laws in a way that would block our house of worship. Furthermore, the new zoning laws are being fast-tracked, ahead of NJ statute to take effect May 5th that would completely prohibit such changes on already-submitted applications, like ours, which conform to existing laws.

Bridgewater has very limited real estate options for building a mosque - we've been looking for a site for years, and even in surrounding towns as well. These efforts to change the laws mid-way present a huge roadblock to our ability to have a house of worship.

This is not only unjust, it violates Federal law which states: "No government shall impose or implement a land use regulation in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person, including a religious assembly or institution."

Like the many minority communities subject to these type of campaigns, we hoped to work through our neighbors' concerns, with dialogue and negotiation. We have even revised our application, to completely set aside our plans for a full-time religious school - in the spirit of compromise, to reach out to the neighbors. We've completed traffic studies, consulted the Planning Board engineer, traffic consultant, and fire official, and agreed to every requested accomodation.

Join us in saying to the Mayor: "Work with us, don't legislate against us!"

Together we intend to find a just and equitable solution. We continue our efforts to address the concerns of our neighbors, yet protect our moral and constitutional right to a house of worship. Meanwhile we look to our allies in the wider community to stand with us to support freedom of religion, and join voices together in solidarity.

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