published Friday, October 7th, 2011

Plaintiffs try again to halt Murfreesboro mosque construction

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    This July 14, 2010 file photo shows protester Greg Johnson, right, and counter protesters Ina Marshall and Tim Foster, left, arguing during a demonstration against a planned mosque and Islamic community center in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Mosques around the country are facing resistance similar to the opposition against a proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York, but the anger and fear is a little sharper. (AP Photo/Christopher Berkey, file)
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The construction of an Islamic center in Murfreesboro is being challenged once again by plaintiffs.

The Daily News Journal reports that an attorney for the group opposed to the construction filed a motion earlier this week asking Chancellor Robert Corlew to look at whether the Rutherford County Planning Commission gave adequate public notice about a May 24 meeting where the mosque's site plan was approved.

The plaintiffs have contended that the notice was not adequate.

However, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro spokesman Saleh Sbenaty says even if the plaintiffs were successful in this case, it would only delay the project, not stop it.

Last month, ground was broken for the future home of the center, which has also been the target of vandalism.

The site is for a larger mosque than one located elsewhere in the city.

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XGSBoss said...

As far as I know, no one has messed with the one going up in Chatt. Please continue to make me proud by showing the rest how peace can exist. I know we are not all open minded or inclusive, but I do hope we can all get along and live in peace somehow. Hate just isn't worth it.

October 7, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
Onceuponatime said...

Do not punish the many for the mistakes of the few. They have the same right to build a worship center as we Christians have to build a church.

October 7, 2011 at 2:44 p.m.
ahbrannon1 said...

Every day bars, restaurants and night clubs release tens of thousands of drunk people on the public streets but I do not see anyone protesting the carnage that is released on highways by this illegal activity. Religious freedom is one of our inherent rights in this country. Drunk driving is not. Quit protesting ones religious rights and start doing something positive about the mayhem on our streets by this illegal activity.

October 7, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.
WhitesCreek said...

God, does this make Christians look bad?

October 7, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
jesse said...

all most every thing christians have done for the last 2000 years make them look BAD!!

along with every other religion on the planet!!

read the "tao" then get over the b.s.

October 8, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
meganrael said...

Jesse -- Do you mean to say that almost everything Chrisitans do that gets covered by the media make them look bad? Because if that's the case, then I agree. There are a lot more Christians out there that actually act like Christians than the ones that don't. But, then again, that's how the media is; they like to stir up controversy among everyone so we all get mad and blame each other.

October 8, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
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