Plaintiffs try again to halt Murfreesboro mosque construction

Plaintiffs try again to halt Murfreesboro mosque construction

October 7th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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)

This July 14, 2010 file photo shows protester...

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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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