Feds sue Culpeper County over de­nied mosque per­mit

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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.

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