Wall Street Journal: Mosque Plan Divides a Diverse Town of West Bloomfield

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.—This affluent Detroit suburb prides itself on its religious diversity, with 49 houses of worship within its 32 square miles, including at least 11 Jewish synagogues and 15 Protestant or Catholic churches.

But a plan to convert a former public school into West Bloomfield’s first mosque has raised tensions and prompted a round of soul-searching here.

Residents and activists say the plan has rankled some in West Bloomfield’s large Jewish community, while the sale of the school to a Muslim association has drawn opposition from some other residents and a prominent Christian-rights group.

The issue will come to a head this fall, when West Bloomfield’s planning commission is slated to rule on the Islamic Cultural Association’s bid to turn the former Eagle Elementary School into a mosque, cultural center and banquet hall. The association of about 150 local Muslims agreed to buy the property last year for $1.1 million from Farmington Public Schools, a district that includes parts of West Bloomfield.

Read more and listen to report at WSJ Mosque Plan Divides a Diverse Town of West Bloomfield, Michigan – WSJ.com.

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