Rejected Bernards mosque group plans to fight decision

The group that proposed building a new mosque in Bernards will appear the decision to reject the plan.

The group that proposed building a new mosque in Bernards will appear the decision to reject the plan. (12/10/15)

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP - The leaders of a proposed new mosque that was rejected in Somerset County say that they are going to fight the decision.

On Thursday, the Bernards Township planning board voted down the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s plan to build a new mosque on Church Street. Township officials say that the plan was rejected because of traffic concerns.

ISBR leaders say that they are exploring all their options and may appeal the decision in court.

"Freedom of religion and practice of your faith is guaranteed to everyone under the Constitution of the United States, and we intend to pursue every avenue to make sure those are protected,” says ISBR president Mohammad Ali Chaudry.

Chaudry says that the group will hold prayer services during off hours to help alleviate the traffic concerns.

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