AP: Mosque to be built in Calif city after denial of appeal by residents who fear extremism

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Temecula center has owned the land for years but didn't encounter resistance until planning work on the mosque coincided with debate over the New York site, putting 150 Muslim families at the center of a bitter fight, said Imam Mahmoud Harmoush.

Some residents worried the California mosque would be a center for radical Islam and add to traffic woes in the rapidly developing region. The mosque spent more than $17,000 in the past year, which included studies on the 4.3-acre site to address code concerns raised by its opponents, mosque leaders said.

"It's amazing how people shift their positions and really don't listen," Harmoush said. "They say, 'Maybe somewhere they are mutilating women, somewhere they are beating their wives.' If somebody did something in Jordan or Pakistan or Iran, that doesn't mean American Muslims will do it here."

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