Mysterious Islamic Center Flyer Causes Confusion and Outrage in West Sacramento

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WEST SACRAMENTO -- Some West Sacramento residents are finding flyers on their windshields alerting them to an Islamic center in the area. Residents are now wondering who is responsible for the flyers and what they're supposed to mean.

The flyer claims that someone is trying to get a permit to expand a current residential home into an Islamic center, and says it would be the third Islamic center in the area.

FOX40 has learned that the home has been a Muslim prayer center for years, but a recent fire has led them to seek the proper permits to repair the center and operate as a house of worship.

The imam of the mosque said he hadn't heard about the flyer until the media started calling.

The flyer does not say who wrote it, nor does it explicitly voice opposition to the Islamic center, however, at least one neighbor sees it as an attack on diversity.

"If you look at it, and you look at the tone, it's 'keep 'em out,'" said neighbor Bill Roehr.

The flyer asks people to attend the city of West Sacramento's planning commission meeting.

UPDATE: At Thursday’s West Sacramento Planning Commission meeting the Medina Islamic Center was granted their requested conditional use permit. The permit will allow the center to repair fire damage and remodel and expand their place of worship on their existing property. 

Eleven community members people spoke at the public hearing. Two people were unclear about their position on the project, seven including an attorney for CAIR expressed support, and two others expressed concerns.