Muslims were shocked as members of the public, especially Iraqi Christians, cheered loudly when the 9-0 vote was announced last evening. More than 200 residents protested the planned mosque last Saturday. Planning Commissioner Jeffrey Norgrove said the proposed mosque is "excessive, not compatible" and that it "violates ordinances."
The Sterling Heights City Planner recommended that the council deny a special land agreement to build the mosque in a residential area. The mosque developer said his constitutional rights are being violated, but the city said the proposed mosque is too big and doesn't meet code.
Chaldean Christians in Iraq have suffered enormously from Muslim persecution and you can bet it was their testimony at the hearings about the proposed mosque that led to this unanimous decision to deny approval.