The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York recently sold the former home of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, N.Y. to a Muslim awareness group.
The facility was sold to the Muslim group for $50,000 - considerably less than the assessed value of $386,000.
The move comes after the diocese filed a lawsuit against the Good Shepherd congregation to retain the facility when the church's members left the Episcopal Church of North America.
Prior to the lawsuit, the building had served as the home of Church of the Good Shepherd since 1879.
"One of the great lies told by Episcopal Church leaders is that lawsuits are necessary to protect parish properties for future generations," Episcopal Church critic David Virtue said.
*Originally published March 23, 2010.