New Hampshire: Church gives house to Muslim who will convert it to a mosque

Will Coley, “The Redneck Muslim”

The man who plans to open a mosque on Route 101 in Keene says he will fight the city on the grounds of freedom of religion if they attempt to stop the opening with what he sees as arbitrary city zoning and permitting regulations.

Will Coley, the future mosque’s imam and caretaker, says his Masjid al Latiff and Interfaith Community Center, or MALIC Center, was to open on Saturday, but he ran into a city permitting hitch last week.

“It could ostensibly delay the opening of our center by up to two months, six weeks,” Coley said Monday. “And I’m now arguing that it is causing an undue hardship to our community.”