Proposed mosque in Indiana draws opposition

By The Associated Press

CARMEL — An Islamic congregation’s plan to build a mosque is facing opposition from residents of nearby upscale neighborhoods in a northern Indianapolis suburb.

The Al Salam Foundation is proposing to construct Carmel’s first mosque, which has been welcomed by local faith leaders and the city’s mayor. Those who are opposed have raised concerns about property values being hurt by additional traffic and calls to prayer disturbing the peace.

An online petition against the zoning for the mosque has received more than 1,000 signatures.

Supporters of the project have regarded the mosque as a sign of greater diversity and a boost for attracting international businesses.

Al Salam leaders say that the project would take a minimum of two years to build if approved.

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