A Mayfield, Kentucky resident can once again open a mosque in his town.

The Somali native’s proposal was first approved by the city, then later rejected due to an alleged parking issue. As the Courier-Journal reports, the permit has been granted, again.

Although Mayfield board members stressed that the issue was about land use, not religion, city officials did receive comments raising suspicions about Islam by email and at the Aug. 24 meeting when it voted to reject the permit.

In October, the zoning board voted to void its previous votes and scheduled the Tuesday meeting at the written request of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, which took up Ahmed’s cause. The ACLU said the board’s rejection was “procedurally defective,” based on false assumptions and in violation of constitutional and statutory protections of the freedom of religion.

“We are pleased,” said attorney William Deatherage of Hopkinsville, who represented Ahmed in cooperation with the ACLU. “We think the board observed the constitutional rights of the applicant, and the applicant himself is very pleased because now he gets to make his very small prayer center available for the Muslim citizens in Graves County.”

Rodgers said the hearing included about four or five public comments that focused on issues such as parking rather than religion.

 

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