There must be a lot of these going on at any moment. I just happened on one in New Jersey. It it about a Hispanic congregation, Pentecostal I assume, which was growing so rapidly it needed a larger building. It purchased an empty commercial property and applied for zoning as a religious use. The local government stalled and it has been in court for months.
Where you live, is there prejudice against Islam? If a group of Muslim people applied for a zoning permit, allowing no payment of property taxes, would your city’s government put the same routine stamp of approve it would give to a Christian application?
In the New Jersey case involving Hispanics, there has been all kinds of hand wringing over traffic and parking. Even though arrangements were made with other businesses for Sunday only parking, the local elected officials began asking, “What is these local arrangements fail in the future?”
Denial could fall under the local elected officials “Freedom of Religion” political ideology. Perhaps officials could vote to decline a zoning request for Muslims because Islam “violates our sincerely held religious beliefs.” In the case of Hispanic Pentecostals, the reason might be that Hispanic people are supposed to be Catholics.
The whole business of zoning for churches could be solved by simply determining them to be the commercial enterprises they are and having them conform to commercial zoning ordinances. And, require churches to pay the same property tax and special assessments.