By JEFF KAROUB
DETROIT (AP) – The federal government has sued a southeastern Michigan township for denying a zoning change that would allow construction of an Islamic school.READ MORE: Minimum Wage, Voting Audit Ballot Drives Advance In Michigan
The Justice Department announced Monday it filed the suit against Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor in Detroit federal court. The government says in a news release the township violated a law that prohibits imposing land use regulations that “substantially burden religious exercise.”READ MORE: Toyota Donates Winter Boots And Socks To Detroit Families, $15,000 To Salvation Army
The township in 2011 rejected Michigan Islamic Academy’s request to build on vacant land in a planned residential area. The school says it’s too big for its Ann Arbor location.
Attorney Tom Meagher, who is representing the township in the lawsuit, says the zoning decision was “fair and lawful.” He says it’s “the wrong location” for any school and religion has nothing to do with it.MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 86,009 New COVID-19 Cases, 501 Deaths
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