Tuesday, September 19, 2017

USA: State lawmakers halt Majlis Ansarullah "peace village" project in Harford County, seek review


An auxiliary men’s organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community posted information on its website about the development, calling it a “peace village” and saying the builder “will only sell these houses” to Ahmadi Muslims.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: The Baltimore Sun
By Alison Knezevich | September 18, 2017

“Confusing” and “conflicting” information has been circulating in the community

State lawmakers have asked Harford County to halt development of a townhouse community in Joppatowne that an Ahmadi Muslim group promoted as being built for members of the sect.

In a letter to County Executive Barry Glassman this month, Republican Dels. Rick Impallaria, Kathy Szeliga and Pat McDonough urged the county to stop issuing permits for the homes — which are already being built along the Gunpowder River — “until a full investigation has been completed.”

The development, known as both River Run and Old Trails, has sparked concern among some nearby residents as well as numerous questions for state and local officials at community meetings.

Some residents have said they worry the new community could discriminate against non-Muslims, while one man at a recent public meeting questioned whether suspicion of the project was based on Islamophobia.

The lawmakers are seeking clarity because “confusing” and “conflicting” information has been circulating in the community, Szeliga said.

An auxiliary men’s organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community posted information on its website about the development, calling it a “peace village” and saying the builder “will only sell these houses” to Ahmadi Muslims.

That posting by the group, Majlis Ansarullah USA, has since been taken off the website. The developer of the property and a company seeking to purchase the development have since said the homes will be open to all.

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