Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Mosque at Variance in Upper Darby

A proposed mosque is drawing opposition in an Upper Darby neighborhood and as far as I can tell for all the right reasons; concerns about parking and property values.

Nobody is claiming that the mosque presents any sort of threat or would be a haven for would-be terrorists. Only that it would impinge on the character of a residential neighborhood.

The planners of the project are asking for a zoning variance to convert a large single-family home into a religious center that will be used for prayer five times a day beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset. Plus religious classes for children on weekends. They also want relief from parking restrictions, including the right to be allowed to park cars in the front yard.

It is standard procedure for neighbors to be against such projects and quite reasonable too. And it seems unlikely that the zoning board will grant the variance being requested.

So far, no one seems to be suggesting that religious intolerance is at work here. That's good. We'll see if that holds up.

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