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Plan for suburban Detroit mosque draws resistance from Christian group
by Jeff Karoub
On a prime piece of real estate in suburban Detroit stands a large, vacant elementary school with no vestiges of life -- save for a tiny sign that identifies the building as the "future home" of the Islamic Cultural Association.
But the proposal to establish a new mosque and community center has thrust this quiet site into the center of a battle between a prosperous Muslim community and a Christian legal advocacy group that wants to derail the project as part of its goal to confront the "threat of Islam" in the United States.
The effort is "targeting innocent Americans because of their faith and willingness to engage in the community and to contribute," said the Islamic association's attorney, Shareef Akeel. "They're targeting a people simply because of their faith."
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