Pa. mosque opens peacefully near synagogue, church

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

September 10, 2010 7:26:28 AM PDT
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.