On July 21, 2016, the Department of Justice has filed a complaint against Bensalem Township for allegedly giving a proposed mosque harsher zoning treatment than similar institutions.  The claims arise under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).  42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc–2000cc-5.  RLUIPA prohibits a government from imposing burdensome zoning restrictions on religious groups.

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