Alabama Mosque Facing Opposition to Expansion Plan

Alabama Mosque Facing Opposition to Expansion Plan

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MOBILE, Ala. -

(AP) - Dianne S. Howard is one of the opponents to plans by the Islamic Society of Mobile to expand its mosque just feet from her home, separated from her yard by a wooden fence.

Howard says traffic during Friday afternoon prayers would get worse. And she notes that three men who had attended the mosque have been indicted on federal terror charges. And she says young men seem to argue a lot in the parking lot.

The American Civil Liberties Union says dozens of construction or expansion projects involving mosques have run into opposition in more than 30 states, with traffic often cited.

The North American Islamic Trust Inc., a nonprofit that owns Islamic property nationwide, sought permission to expand the Alabama mosque but was turned down in May.

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