In 2010, a fierce national debate erupted after plans to erect an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center were announced.

While the plans provoked protests from those who said it would be "a slap in the face" to build a Muslim institution so close to where thousands were killed by Islamic radicals, others rallied around the community center's development, citing freedom of religion.

The community center's development in lower Manhattan has been one of the most publicly debated controversies regarding religious space in recent memory. However, a new report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals that the Manhattan community center is neither the first nor the last case of such a controversy.

On Thursday, Mother Jones published an article entitled "Americans Really Don't Like Mosques," in which the new Pew Forum report is cited. The independent news organization writes:

The Pew Forum...has a great new interactive feature up today on the boom in mosque construction in the United States since 2000 -- and the corresponding boomlet in organized backlash to mosque construction. It's not just lower Manhattan -- Pew found 53 different projects that faced resistance from their respective communities:

controversies over mosques
(Credit: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life)

Regarding the 53 controversial cases cited in the report, the research center notes:

In many cases, the opposition has centered on neighbors’ concerns about traffic, noise, parking and property values -- the same objections that often greet churches and other houses of worship as well as commercial construction projects. In some communities, however, opponents of mosques also have cited fears about Islam, sharia law and terrorism.

Examples include the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley in California (which is now open) and the Masjid Muhammad Islamic Center in Michigan (whose proposal was unanimously rejected by a city planning commission).

Read the full report here

It's important to note that the research center also pointed out that "while the map shows only projects that have met resistance, many mosques and Islamic centers have been built in recent years with little or no opposition."

Click through the slideshow to see most and least Muslim states in America:

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  • Illinois

    2,800 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Virginia

    2,663 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New York

    2,028 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New Jersey

    1,827 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Texas

    1,678 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Michigan

    1,218 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Florida

    877 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Delaware

    793 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • California

    732 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • District of Columbia

    670 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Pennsylvania

    634 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Maryland

    632 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Georgia

    543 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Connecticut

    375 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Nebraska

    337 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Colorado

    333 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Massachusetts

    332 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Minnesota

    317 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ramadan at Islamic Center of Twin Ports in Duluth, Minnesota

  • Ohio

    290 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Washington

    284 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • North Carolina

    273 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Kansas

    271 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Wisconsin

    259 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Kentucky

    256 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Tennessee

    242 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Indiana

    225 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Louisiana

    216 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Alabama

    215 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Iowa

    214 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New Mexico

    200 Muslim adherents per 100,00

  • Oklahoma

    197 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Missouri

    195 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Utah

    181 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Mississippi

    169 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • South Dakota

    164 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Rhode Island

    137 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Arizona

    134 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Alaska

    130 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Arkansas

    128 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Wyoming

    127 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • South Carolina

    125 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New Hampshire

    123 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Idaho

    110 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Oregon

    104 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • West Virginia

    103 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Maine

    100 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • North Dakota

    95 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Nevada

    63 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Vermont

    48 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Hawaii

    45 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Montana

    34 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people.

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