The National Association of Evangelicals joined with nearly 20 civil rights and religious groups in asking a court to support a Muslim group in New Jersey that has been trying to build a mosque for almost a decade.

The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge sought permission to build a mosque in a suburban New Jersey community, but faced hostility and opposition from protesters and illegal obstruction and delays by the local zoning board.

After 39 public hearings in which the town refused to approve plans for the mosque, or to offer the same accommodations that it had applied to other houses of worship, the congregation filed suit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), a law that the NAE was instrumental in passing.

The NAE joined a diverse group of religious organizations in support of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. We argue that the law should be applied fairly to all faiths.