Muslims have won a lawsuit granting them the right to build a mosque in a town in New Jersey.
Unusually, they had the backing of influential evangelical Christians including Southern Baptists.
District Judge Michael A Shipp ruled in favour of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and against the township of Bernards, The Christian Post reports.
Planners in Bernards rejected the mosque application in 2015.
Judge Shipp ruled this to be a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act which codifies some “narrow” exceptions such as a nondiscrimination provision.
Shipp said the planning refusal constituted “impermissible discrimination on the basis of religion”.