A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday after a judge prohibited citizens of a New Jersey town from using the words "Muslim" and "Islam" at an upcoming public hearing over the building of a mosque in a residential area.

The Thomas More Law Center -- a nonprofit Christian, conservative law firm based in Michigan -- filed suit in New Jersey on behalf of Christopher and Loretta Quick, who reside within 200 feet of the proposed mosque construction in a zoned residential area.

The Justice Department announced in May that Bernards Township must pay an Islamic group $3.25 million to settle a lawsuit over the township's denial of a permit to build a mosque.

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