As the Muslim population of the U.S. grows, Jewish communities will increasingly find mosques in their midst. Will the faiths coexist peacefully?
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Baltimore — Like other members of this city’s tight-knit and closely packed Jewish community, attorney Phil Abraham heard a rumor last year about the fate of an empty building that recently had served as the site of an assisted-living facility: a mosque was moving into the Slade Mansion, right across the street from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, a prominent Reform temple which Abraham serves as president.
The Anti-Defamation League has filed a legal brief opposing legal efforts to stop construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Actually, the brief is a project of the newly formed Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM), which ADL created in the wake of mounting reports that local officials in communities around the country are working to block mosque construction and expansion.
Opponents of the Murfreesboro mosque are basing their suit on legal technicalities and claims it would pose “elevated risks to the public safety of citizens of Rutherford County.”