CAIR-MN to Welcome Chisago County's Decision to Reverse Denial of Permit for Muslim Cemetery
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/15/17) - On Thursday, March 16, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference in Minneapolis to welcome the issuance of a conditional use permit for an Islamic cemetery by the Chisago County Board.
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The Islamic Community of Bosniaks of Minnesota (ICBMN) applied for conditional use permit for a cemetery in Chisago County in the fall of 2016. The community needed additional cemetery space that was affordable. The Chisago Lake Township Board, in an advisory capacity, recommended that the County board grant the permit. The Chisago County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the permit on December 1, 2016, and voted to recommend that the Chisago County Board approve the conditional use permit with some conditions.
The Chisago County Board met on December 21, 2016, and voted to deny the conditional use permit.
ICBMN filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals of the decision saying that it was arbitrary. On March 15, 2017, the Chisago County Board decided to reconsider its previous decision. It reversed its previous decision and voted to grant the conditional use permit.
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"We are glad that the Chisago County Board decided to reconsider its decision and grant the conditional use permit for the cemetery." said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.
Enes Gluhic, the ICBMN representative, said "Our community looks forward to developing this cemetery in Chisago County."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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