In Walkersville, Maryland, a landowner who wanted to sell his farm to a Muslim group is suing the town for religious discrimination because they have refused his right to do so. This is a classic case of “NIMBYism” (Not in My Back Yard) where city officials used what sounds like neutral language to carefully make it impossible for a religious group to build and use property. This often occurs because religious facilities are perceived to use resources without paying taxes, traffic, and even religious discrimination.
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In March, the Town of Walkersville denied AMC a special exception to build a place of worship on Moxley’s land.
They cited traffic and infrastructure concerns because AMC wanted to use the land for an annual convention for 10,000 people.
Moxley’s attorney says the farm could support a group that large.
“It’s only when the group happens to be Muslim, that they’ve pulled out all the stops and prevented them from locating in the town,” Storzer said.