Elected leaders in a city in Mississippi crushed plans to become the region’s first mosque, questioning prejudice and religious freedom.
The city’s planning committee had previously voted “no” to the proposal for the following site: Horn Lake’s new mosque, Just 20 minutes south of Memphis. On Tuesday, city council member Horn Lake committee upheld the decision because of concerns about potential fire hazards, increased traffic, and possible violations of noise regulations, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said. reported.
However, Ray Elk, the man behind the proposed Abrahamic house, disagreed with the board’s decision and suggested that it was due to anti-Islamic prejudice.
“I have been a resident of DeSoto County for over 20 years,” Elk told the newspaper. “I raised all six children in DeSoto County. They all have the right to go to school there, go to mosques, pray like all Christians, and practice their faith.”
Elk’s plan is that a 10,000-square-foot place of worship will occupy a vacant lot along the road. There are at least 3 churches, According to WREG.
The· Mosque According to DeSoto Times-Tribune, it is itself on about 3 acres of 80 acres of land and has room to accommodate about 156 worshipers. According to the newspaper, a parking lot for 44 cars is also included in the design plan.
City council member Jon Jones said there were several reasons why the board rejected Elk’s proposal. This includes concerns about external speakers calling on worshipers to pray daily.
“”Makes noise Traffic is increasing and water pressure and pipe size do not give people enough pressure to keep them safe, “Jones told WHBQ.
However, the loudspeakers, which were of concern to residents at the meeting on Tuesday, are not a feature of the building’s design. Still, Jones and fellow Alderman shot down Elk’s request.
“They said they didn’t intend to do that, but there are proceedings throughout the United States where they built them, and they continue to make noise,” Jones said by WHBQ.
Elk Blew up the board’s refusal as a “racist” The Desoto Times-Tribune reported threatening to bring the city to court.
“This is the foundation of the country and freedom of religion,” he told a commercial appeal. “I’m just practicing my rights. This is my right to have the faith I want.”