A deal that many viewed as a $3.5 million appeasement payment to a mosque project has hit a huge snag, with a lawsuit claiming that the meeting at which township officials approved the settlement of an earlier lawsuit was illegal.
The case earlier raised eyebrows when officials in Bernards Township in New Jersey abruptly held a meeting on short notice to pay off the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge.
The Muslim organization sued after town officials said it couldn’t build a huge mosque in a residential area because the infrastructure wouldn’t support it.
According to the Thomas More Law Center, the settlement “reads more like an instrument of surrender.”
The settlement required the township to hold a public meeting about the mosque project, but it forbade anyone from commenting on “Islam” or “Muslims.” (Read more from “Township’s Mosque Appeasement Case Hits Huge Snag” HERE)