A woman takes a picture of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after midday prayers on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Opponents of the mosque waged a two-year court battle trying to keep it from opening. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee Islamophobes never know when to quit. (h/t: JS)
Murfreesboro Residents Still Fighting to Close Mosque
[Remziya] Suleyman said, surprisingly, the Murfreesboro situation is still not done, as local residents are not happy the mosque is open. In fact, the case – originally heard by an appeals court in which a federal judge said the mosque had the right to be built – is potentially headed to the U.S. Supreme Court (after the Tennessee Supreme Court declined to hear the case).
“There are still a handful of people that are trying to have the mosque closed down, saying the county never gave proper notification (on the plans to build the mosque),” she said. “Even though the mosque is up and running, these people are still fighting, and it’s basically wasting taxpayer money. What it boils down to is that they are upset at the county for approving the mosque.”
Suleyman said she remains hopeful.
“We’ll know more within the next few weeks if they will hear it,” she said. “I think the appeals court made the right decision. We’re optimistic that the Supreme Court won’t even hear the case – that they’ll let the appeals court decision stand.”
In the meantime, the ACO has a host of other issues to deal. One is a state bill – by many of the same people from Murfreesboro, and the legislators who originally proposed the ban on practicing Islam in Tennessee – to censor education curriculum textbooks, removing references to Muslims entirely.
Another big priority for the ACO is preparing for the 2014 elections and getting out the Muslim vote, which they did a great job of in 2012, according to Suleyman.
And one final issue for Suleyman is her security, which has come under increasing risk as of late. She told MintPress that someone tried to run her off the road near Murfreesboro in 2010, so she has grounds for being concerned.
“I’m a regular target of these blogs and websites,” she said. “There’s been a lot of threatening rhetoric about my safety.”
She said she’s been in regular communication with law enforcement officials regarding her own well being and the ACO’s office.
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