Pa. mosque opens peacefully near synagogue, church

Friday, September 10, 2010
Mosque in Berwyn

Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge mosque is seen in Berwyn, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A new mosque recently opened in a Philadelphia suburb, but not many people noticed.

Amid a tense national climate for U.S. Muslims, the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge did not want publicity.

Its leaders sought only continued harmony with their neighbors: a Jewish synagogue next door and Baptist church across the street.

The Muslims' peaceful coexistence offers a stark contrast to anti-Islamic sentiment that has torn other U.S. communities, including arson at a planned mosque in Tennessee and a threatened Quran burning in Florida.

Leaders of the mosque, church and synagogue in the Philadelphia suburb of Tredyffrin (treh-DIF'-rin) Township say their good relations are an example of how America is supposed to be.

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