A religious liberty law firm is defending a woman whose long-running feud with a Minnesota mosque included a confrontation with law enforcement.
The American Freedom Law Center has filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Sally Ness, alleging that the City of Bloomington violated her First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights when she was filming the Dar al-Farooq Mosque earlier this year.
Critics of the mosque and its adjoining school have complained to city leaders about traffic problems and zoning violations, and an August newspaper story about those complaints listed Ness as one of the neighborhood’s most vocal activists, whose complaints are known by city government.
According to the Law Center, police officers told Ness the mosque’s attendees felt “threatened” by her filming, and a police report states she was warned she could be charged with harassment if parents or the school principal felt intimidated by her actions.
Law Center senior counsel Robert Muise says it is true the mosque is disrupting the neighborhood but he suspects city leaders are afraid of enforcing the zoning laws for fear of being described as “anti-Islam” for doing so.
City leaders disputed the numerous complaints cited by the neighborhood critics in the August meeting, according to the newspaper story.