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3:24am

Wed May 30, 2012
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Judge Allows Mosque Construction to Continue

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Rutherford County judge has ruled that construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s new mosque can continue for now. 

Opponents of the Murfreesboro Mosque convinced Judge Robert Corlew to nullify the county planning commission decision that approved it, but they lost their bid to stop construction immediately.

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10:01am

Fri April 20, 2012
Judge Excludes Anti-Islam Testimony

Murfreesboro Mosque Case Headed Back to Court

The mosque being built by the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Veals Road

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A lawsuit that seeks to void the approval for a Rutherford County mosque will go to trial next week in Murfreesboro.

On Thursday, Chancellor Robert Corlew denied a defense motion to dismiss claims of inadequate public notice for the meeting where the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was approved.

Even though the trial will now go forward, mosque spokesman Saleh Sbenaty says his congregation feels confident about the eventual outcome.

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5:35pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Murfreesboro Post Joins Case

New Court Date for Murfreesboro Mosque Case

Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro gather to break ground for their new mosque September 28, 2011
WMOT/Osborne

MURFREESBORO, TN (AP) The trial over the site plan approval for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been scheduled for next April.

Seventeen plaintiffs are suing Rutherford County, claiming officials violated Tennessee's open meetings law.

Plaintiffs' attorney Joe Brandon Jr. also tried to argue that the mosque violated his clients' constitutional rights, claiming mosque members were compelled by their religion to subdue non-Muslims.

Chancellor Robert Corlew dismissed that claim in May.

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10:36am

Mon October 31, 2011
Cornerstone Church in Madison Hosting

Madison Church to Host "Islamization" Conference

A Madison church has agreed to host a controversial national conference on Sharia law and what organizers call the Islamization of America.

The gathering was set to meet at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel November 11, but lost that venue when the hotel owners decided that the conference’s scheduled speakers were “extremists.”

The hotel cited reports by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center about speakers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer of the group Stop Islamization of America, adding that they have a history of controversy.

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12:22pm

Tue October 25, 2011
Speaker Says Hotel "Caved" to Islamists

Anti-Islam Group Loses Nashville Event Venue

(AP) A Nashville hotel has canceled a conference by the Sharia Awareness Action Network.

 The Hutton Hotel, near downtown, says it was concerned the speakers include "extremists" with a history of contentious events.

The "Preserving Freedom Conference" had been scheduled for Nov. 11.  The hotel says it has to be, "mindful of the safety, security and peace of mind of its guests."

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