The city of Temecula, Calif., will be home to a new Islamic mosque.
After nine hours of heated debate, the city voted to approve construction of the 25,000 square foot mosque.
Opponents of the facility said the Islamic worship center could bring extremist activity to the region about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They cited concerns over Islamic teachings.
"We know that many mosques are used to call its members to insurrection and jihad," said Pastor Terrell Berry of Orchard Christian Fellowship Church. "We know that's not true of every mosque, but our real question is this -- will it be true of this mosque?"
The mosque will serve the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley. City attorneys said there's no legal reason to deny construction.
"The city does not have the authority and can not deny or condition this project based on the political, social, or economic belief of the Islamic center or Islam in general," said city attorney Peter Thorson.
Many disagree with the city's lawyers for several reasons.
"The architectural formula used to designate parking, I don't think works," said Geroge Rombach, a concerned citizen. "Even for a church."
"I've seen how they tortured and stoned women over there," said Myles Standish, who opposes the mosque. "And what is good for the goose is good for the gander."
Others said the mosque should be built.
"If you want to practice your religion, you should be able to practice it anywhere," said Sara Zuniga, who supports the mosque.
The mosque will serve about 150 Muslim families. Construction is scheduled to begin this year.