California City OKs Mosque Next to Church

Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 11:53 AM

By Los Angeles Times

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The Temecula City Council has approved a proposed mosque next to a Baptist church after a marathon eight-hour hearing that seesawed from vitriolic rants from residents castigating Muslims as terrorists to interfaith leaders praising the peaceful virtues of Islam.

In the end, the Los Angeles Times reports, the council’s decision Wednesday was made solely based on mundane issues such as traffic, parking and environmental impacts, with the council agreeing that the project exceeded all legal requirements for approval.

The vote came at 3:34 a.m. after the council sat patiently into the wee morning hours listening to testimony from residents, largely a replay of the months of debate over the mosque. More than 110 people signed up to testify, though some drifted away after sitting through six hours of speakers.


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