Appeal Offers Last Hope for Endangered Neighborhood

In a December 2011 issue, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the Walnut Creek Sufi Sanctuary building project in the San Francisco Bay Area.  But rather than examining the argument behind public opposition to the project, the reporter accepted the premise that all public objections to the project result from religious discrimination.  The article missed the real story.  In anticipation of the appeal hearing later this month with the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, it's important to set the record straight. In this issue, there are two competing interests: private property rights of church organizations and those of neighboring property owners.  In today's complex legal landscape, the threat of bad press and litigation can intimidate authorities into sacrificing one interest for another. An excellent illustration of this tension is the proposed $20-million, 66,074-square-foot Sufism Reoriented sanctuary project, planned to be built on 3.12 acres in...(Read Full Article)