CAIR-LA, HSKRR File Suit Claiming Lomita Denied Muslims’ Constitutional and Religious Rights

 

Los Angeles, CA: The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and the law firm of Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson & Renick LLP (HSKRR) has filed a law suit against the City of Lomita and City Council Members for their “unlawful” denial of the Islamic Center of South Bay’s (ICSB) rebuilding application.

The complaint, filed in the United States District Court, Central District of Calif., claims that the city’s actions violated the mosque and its congregants’ rights to worship, assembly and expression, under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the US Constitution, and the California Constitution.

The complaint states: “To date, ICSB has been unable to renovate or unify its facilities into a single house of worship to accommodate the religious needs of the congregation, thereby substantially burdening the religious practice of ICSB’s congregants. Its facilities remain inadequate, resembling a refugee camp rather than a religious institution.”

The mosque is seeking injunctive relief in the form of permitting its rebuilding to take place, as well as compensatory damages.

 

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