Feds sue Culpeper County over denied mosque permit
The Justice Department is suing Culpeper County, alleging the Board of Supervisors acted in a discriminatory manner when it denied a sewage permit for a proposed mosque.
The Justice Department filed the suit Monday, asking a federal court to order the county to grant the permit to the Islamic Center of Culpeper.
There is no mosque in the county, which is about 70 miles southwest of the District. About 12 to 20 Muslims who have been praying at a temporary site wished to build a permanent site.
An April vote that blocked the mosque was on sewage disposal.
The suit alleges the county has approved 26 such permits since 1992, but denied the Islamic Center of Culpeper a permit for religious reasons.