Plans to construct a mosque near Ground Zero in New York have made big headlines—now, a proposed expansion to a Temecula mosque is coming before the city’s planning commission. Some critics there say they are concerned about traffic and noise pollution, while others are questioning not the specific building plans, but rather the very nature of Islam and its practice in the United States. Should certain religious edifices face stricter scrutiny than others? Or should city planners only take environmental impacts into consideration? And what's ultimately at stake, land development or religion?
Samuel Goldsmith, reporter, New York Daily News
Jeff Horseman, reporter covering Temecula for The Press-Enterprise