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Feds Sue Minn. City for Rejecting Islamic Center

09-08-2014

The Obama administration is suing a Minnesota city for rejecting a proposed Islamic center.

The St. Anthony City Council turned down a Muslim group's application to gather at the city business center in 2012.

Now, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger is filing suit against the city.

The suit alleges that the council did not give the Muslim group's application the same consideration as non-religious permits, making it difficult for member's to practice their faith.

The city denies it's guilty of discrimination.

"The City of St. Anthony Village welcomes all religious faiths into our community. The conditional use permit was denied based on the appropriate need to restrict assembly and religious uses within the very limited amount of industrial area within the city," city officials said in a statement.

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