(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/1/2016) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a Dakota County District Court judge's decision forcing Castle Rock Township to issue a conditional use permit for an Islamic cemetery.
Judge David L. Knutson yesterday granted a summary judgement motion to the Al Maghfirah Cemetery Association in which he ruled that the township's decision to deny the conditional use permit (CUP) was "arbitrary and capricious" because the township did not provide any written findings of fact to support its decision.
[NOTE: In October of last year, CAIR-MN asked federal authorities to determine whether the denial of land usage for the Islamic cemetery was discriminatory on the basis of religion and questioned whether the denial constitutes a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).]
SEE: CAIR-MN, Community Leaders to Asks DOJ to Probe Bias in Rejection of Islamic Cemetery
"We hoped that a simple request for a proposed Islamic cemetery in Minnesota would not need a court order, however we welcome the court's decision to grant the conditional use permit," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein stated. "This ruling sends a strong signal to those who would discriminate on the basis of religious identity."
MPR News with Tom Weber
Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud
About the Event
Muslim Somalis now make up at least 15 percent of school-aged kids in St. Cloud. Local officials have been accused of not doing enough to counter racism and discrimination against the city’s Muslim residents. Last year, 100 students walked out of Tech High School, saying they were tired of feeling harassed about their race and religion. Since then, anti-immigrant speakers from outside the city have stirred up debate, and the Somali community held a public forum offering to explain its religion to the larger community. Global events and presidential politics have further heightened tensions.
Tom Weber will talk with four guests about what it’s like to be Muslim in St. Cloud – and what can be done to improve the relationship between Muslim residents and other community members. We’ll invite the audience to ask questions and offer perspectives.