Supreme Court refuses to hear Murfreesboro mosque case

Supreme Court refuses to hear Murfreesboro mosque case

June 2nd, 2014 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

Worshipers leave the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after midday prayers in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a group of neighbors who tried unsuccessfully to block the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

A board member of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro said he was hopeful that the refusal of the nation's highest court to hear the case will bring unity back into the community.

Neighbors have been arguing since 2010 that approval for construction was illegal because there wasn't enough public notice for the planning commission meeting where the approval occurred. The mosque was built anyway as the case moved through the courts.

Lawyers representing opponents of the mosque could not be immediately reached for comment.

Opponents of the mosque have now filed suit against plans to build a cemetery on Islamic Center property.