A town in Sheboygan County approves construction of a mosque, but not without controversy. The Wilson Town Board Monday night approved the conditional use permit clearing the way for a former retail store to be converted into a mosque. The 25 people that spoke out during public input were fairly evenly split for and against the proposal.
Those against the plan expressed concerns about Islam, terrorism and jihad.
Those in favor cited freedom of religion and tolerance.
Dr. Mansoor Mirza purchased the property and will rent it to the Islamic Society of Sheboygan County. He called the reception embarrassing. “But in the meantime when come to the hospital you want me to take care of you. At that time I’m not a terrorist, I’m a doctor.”
Mirza said area Muslims have to travel to Milwaukee, Oshkosh or Appleton to pray.
The Town Board gave the approval saying the petitioners are prepared to meet all of the conditions spelled out in the conditional use permit.
Contributed by Mike Kinzel-WHBL