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Tue February 21, 2012
Lawsuit planned over proposed Michigan Islamic school
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it plans to file a federal lawsuit against an Ann Arbor-area community for denying a zoning change request to allow construction of a Muslim school.
Michigan Islamic Academy officials say the school is too big for its location in Ann Arbor. They want to build at a site in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township.
Last fall, the township board denied the request, following an earlier rejection by its planning commission.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the decision violates federal law. CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid says the suit will be filed Wednesday on behalf of the school.
The township has said the decision isn't based on religion. A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with the township supervisor.