AL FALAH CENTER V. TOWNSHIP OF BRIDGEWATER (U.S.C.A. 3RD CIRCUIT, 2014)

At issue in this case is a claim by a Muslim congregation in Bridgewater, NJ that the municipality adopted a land use ordinance to block conversion of a former banquet facility, purchased by the Congregation, into a mosque. The Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM)'s amicus brief contends that the township’s conduct violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which safeguards the religious freedom of houses of worship and other institutions in the land-use context by requiring courts to apply a strict standard for reviewing laws that substantially burden religious exercise. ICOM was formed by the Anti-Defamation League in 2010 to assist Muslim communities confronting opposition to the legal building, expansion or relocation of their mosques.