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PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit is reviewing a religious discrimination complaint against a community for denying a zoning change request to allow construction of a Muslim school.
The Michigan Islamic Academy wants to build at a 26-acre site in Washtenaw County’s Pittsfield Township.
“We are reviewing the matter and whether to proceed with a formal investigation,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Levy told The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/soyS41 ) for a story Tuesday.
On Oct. 26, the township board rejected the request, following an earlier rejection by the township planning commission. School officials say the 200-student school is too big for its location in nearby Ann Arbor.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the decision violated the First Amendment right of religious freedom, and it asked the Justice Department to investigate.
“We believe this is a blatant violation of the (school’s) constitutional right to open the school on their property,” said Lena Masri, a lawyer for the group.