The Detroit News: Civil Rights Issue in Pittsfield Township

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Civil rights group asks feds to monitor Pittsfield decision on Muslim school

Oralandar Brand-Williams/ The Detroit News

Detroit — The local office of a Muslim civil rights organization is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether Pittsfield Township officials are violating the religious rights of a Muslim school by denying the school’s permit to locate on property it purchased on Ellsworth Road.

Members of the CAIR-Michigan sent a letter today to the U.S. Department of Justice asking the federal office to investigate saying it’s concerned that local opposition by residents “negatively influenced” the township’s decision to deny a request for rezoning.

In the letter, CAIR-Michigan executive director Dawud Walid said the planning commission voted to deny the school a permit at its June 16 citing traffic concerns and a “disruption of neighborhood harmony.”

CAIR-Michigan officials want Department of Justice representatives to attend the Aug. 4 meeting of the township’s Planning Commission to monitor the hearing and to “probe this case as a potential violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons.”

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