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Ruling Allows Buddhists to Continue Worshiping

From Times Staff Reports

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Vietnamese Buddhist temple may hold religious services in a Chapman Avenue building despite the city’s objections over traffic and noise.

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney asked both sides to forge an agreement allowing the Buddhists, for now, to worship there.

This month the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Quan Am Temple, alleging city leaders had violated its constitutional rights by barring assemblies at the building.

The city rejected the congregation’s request to build a temple there after neighbors complained.

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