Mayfield mosque plan OK’d months after rejection
“I think some reason and common sense had settled in on the minds of the community. And I think the community as a whole wanted to do the right thing,” said Bill Deatherage, a Hopkinsville attorney who represented Ahmed at the meeting.
The board rejected the first zoning request when opposition to a planned Islamic Center in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center site was in the news.
Many of the 250 people at the August meeting cheered when the proposal was rejected, the newspaper reported.
Ahmed made the request on behalf of a group of Somalis who moved to Graves County to work in a chicken-processing plant. The American Civil Liberties Union got involved after the petition was initially rejected, Deatherage said.
Deatherage said he was asked by the ACLU to represent Ahmed due to concerns of religious discrimination.
Deatherage said Tuesday that most of the comments at the meeting were positive about the mosque. He said one speaker read a statement that said the “eyes of the nation” were on Mayfield.
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