Thomas More Law Center Prevails In Fight To Have Town’s Settlement With Mosque Returned To State Court

     ANN ARBOR, MI – Agreeing with the position advocated by the Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), Federal District Court Judge Michael A. Shipp granted its motion to return to state court a challenge to legal settlements made earlier this year by Bernards Township, New Jersey, concerning construction of a mosque in a residential neighborhood.      TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson remarked, “This is an important procedural victory for the residents of Bernards Township. Since May, the Township has been trying to paper-over the fact that it held a sham hearing in violation of New Jersey law. Now the New Jersey courts will have the opportunity to address and remedy the Township’s violations of state law.”      In March 2016, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge sued Bernards Township alleging it had discriminated against the Islamic Society when it declined to approve construction of a.

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