A lot has happened since the Murfreesboro mosque first became a point of controversy for bigots and hatemongers. We hope to do a a feature piece summarizing the drama that played out over it, what it means for freedom of religion and the future in an upcoming article:
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The final legal hurdle over construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro may be over.
County attorneys asked a judge to throw out the final legal challenge on Wednesday. Opponents have argued the county failed to give sufficient public notice before approving the project.
The judge will review the motion on April 19. County officials are hoping he will toss out a lawsuit that claims they did not give proper notice when approving building plans for the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Mosque opponents say they are readying a response.
Meanwhile, major progress has been made in construction of the center. Distinctive arches have taken shape, the frame of the building is complete and workers are starting to put bricks around it.
“We are so excited,” said Imam Ossama Bahloul. “I think when we have the new facility it will be a time for us to celebrate freedom of religion.”