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Judge refuses to stop construction of Tenn. mosque

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Judge refuses to stop construction of Tenn. mosque

A judge refused Wednesday to stop construction of a proposed mosque in Tennessee that was opposed by some local residents who tried to argue that there was a conspiracy by Muslims to impose extremist law on the United States.

Opponents filed a lawsuit claiming that Rutherford County planning officials violated Tennessee’s open meetings law when they approved the site plan for an Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled after closing arguments that he could not find that the “county acted illegally, arbitrarily or capriciously” in approving the plan.

But much of the questioning from plaintiffs’ attorney Joe Brandon Jr. during seven days of testimony since late September was about whether Islam qualified as a religion. He pushed his theory that American Muslims want to replace the Constitution with extremist Islamic law.

Corlew said there was some concern about the public notice requirements and suggested county or state officials look at those requirements. But he said the court did not find that members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro adhered to extremist religious ideas.

Mosque leaders want to expand their facilities to accommodate a growing congregation and currently the proposed site is being prepared but no construction has started. Federal investigators are looking into a dump truck that was set on fire at the construction site earlier this year and twice the sign announcing the future site of the new Islamic center was vandalized.

Brandon had his hands on his face and at times was bent over the desk during the judge’s ruling. Afterward he briskly walked out of the courtroom without addressing the media.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who opposes the mosque but was not among the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs are disappointed with the judge’s decision. However, she said the judge did recognize some of their concerns regarding notification of public meetings.

“We felt like the judge did hear us on those issues,” she said.

During the testimony, witnesses pointed out that Islamic Center of Murfreesboro board member Mosaad Rowash previously had pro-Hamas postings on his MySpace page, something the mosque’s leaders have not denied. The U.S. government considers Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political party with an armed wing that has attacked Israel, a terrorist organization.

But Corlew said the actions of individuals associated with the mosque was poor judgment.

Brandon said before the ruling that the dispute would continue, however the judge rules. “If the court rules against us, we’re not going to stop,” he said.

Cardoza-Moore said the legal team would meet with the plaintiffs to decide the next course of action.

Jim Cope, the attorney for the county, said they will be prepared for any further challenges.

“We will continue to defend the county’s rights and interests in seeing the actions that we took were upheld appropriately,” he said.

Layla Hantouli, a 22-year-old Muslim woman who has been following the testimony, was glad the judge ruled against the mosque opponents.

“The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is not promoting anything violent or anything unlawful,” she said.

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  • rob


  • muhammad ‘abd-al haqq

    Eternel Says:

    “They spoke of invasive big snakes in Florida. Did muhammad ‘abd-al haqq (“mighty python”) go there ?”

    Still at it your eternel quest to convince us of your stupidity and utter depravity i see. It’s okay to stop now, we are thoroughly convinced. Btw,harping on some typo of mine, especially coming from someone who has more typos under their belt than anyone in the history of typos, is a nice way to evade the issues of these articles here at Loonwatch. i implore you to quit now and resume taking your meds.

    Allahu A’lam

  • Lilly

    I will tell any loon where I live if they had the fortitude to actually confront me for my beliefs! ^_^ but.. I doubt any would take the challeng with a rational argument.


    “If you live Mosizzle in a western country, I understand you don’t dare admit it, it’s nasty to bite the hand that feeds you, isn’t it ?”

    I only pointed out one of the many aspects of Americas culture. Only an idiot generalizes an entire nation/religion based on the few idiots it contains. No nation is monolithic, the same goes with muslim dominant nations- especially pakistan… i cant stand most pakistani culture!!! Ive been all over the united states, from east to west to the deep dirty south… every state in USA has their ignorant “trash”. But theres also bright and amazing people that live here too.

    “As regards your islamic examples, take the oil and the gas off and their castles in the air will vanish in the sand.” -Eternal

    The same oil and gas that the WORLD sucks up? You better thank those saudis and kuwaitis for providing you fuel to go to your 9-5 job everyday. Honestly, arabs dont represent islam.

  • Eternel

    Eurabia, I don’t know this place. It sounds like a fantasy land. Like in Arthur and the Invisibles (good movie), The Chronicles of Narnia (not too bad), Muhammad’s living drowned (horror film, terrible, I wouldn’t recommend it !).

    If you live Mosizzle in a western country, I understand you don’t dare admit it, it’s nasty to bite the hand that feeds you, isn’t it ?
    As regards your islamic examples, take the oil and the gas off and their castles in the air will vanish in the sand.
    For Turkey, I’m not dure you would appreciate what Mr KEMAL, the father of modern Turkey, thought about islam.

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