Harford County settles suit over anti-Muslim bias in Joppatowne development

 

by Bryna Zumer Thursday, May 14th 2020

“Our elders are the ones who are interested in buying houses that are on sale,” Imam Abdullah Dibba told FOX45 in 2017.

JOPPATOWNE, Md. (WBFF) – Harford County government announced a settlement in a lawsuit over a proposed development in Joppatowne by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

The settlement means “the development may now move forward if the requirements of the Harford County Code are met,” according to a statement.

The development sparked protests and controversy, and the county was ultimately sued for anti-Muslim bias.
County Executive Barry Glassman has issued the following statement:

“Harford County is pleased that we were able to settle the litigation and find a path forward for the Old Trails Subdivision. We welcome members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and other residents of Old Trails to Harford County. We look forward to having them as neighbors and to the positive contributions they will make to our community, making Harford County an even better place to live. Harford County is proud to welcome people of all faiths, including our friends in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.”
The settlement was funded by insurance proceeds, not taxpayer funds, noted the county.

The county’s out-of-pocket cost was a $300,000 insurance deductible to mount its legal defense.

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