DOJ drops lawsuit after Muslim cemetery in Virginia approved

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Justice Department announced Thursday that it is dismissing a lawsuit against Stafford County, Virginia, after it repealed ordinances prohibiting the construction of a Muslim cemetery.

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running news: The announcement marks the end of a year-long religious discrimination trial over a county ordinance that “imposes new requirements, unsupported by any legitimate health or safety concerns” and barred the All Muslim Association of America (AMAA) from making a cemetery. stops.

  • In October 2020, the county repealed the ordinance, and in July, it approved the group’s plan to develop the cemetery.
  • As part of a private settlement, the county agreed to pay AMAA $500,000 in damages.

What are they saying: “[The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act] Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement it “protects people of all faiths in their right to exercise their religion.”

  • “The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously enforce the RLUIPA – through litigation if necessary – against zoning rules that unreasonably burden religious practice.”
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