Mosque Opponents Move to Join Federal Court Case

Aug 27, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A federal judge will rule this week on whether opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque can have a say in a religious discrimination case involving the building.

Attorney Joe Brandon Jr. represents the group of mosque neighbors and other Rutherford County residents asking the court to let them intervene. He argued at a Friday hearing in Nashville that his clients have an interest in the case because it overturned their state court victory.

“We won in court. Then we turn around and see that we have been robbed by the federal government, and I mean that very intentionally.”

In that ruling a Rutherford County judge said the May 2010 meeting where construction plans for the mosque were approved was void because it didn’t’ provide sufficient public notice.

Last month, a federal judge found that the lower court's ruling violated the religious liberty of local Muslims.

The court hears the motion Friday afternoon.