Islam

Murfreesboro Mosque Holds Open House

Nov 19, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has celebrated its official opening with food and fellowship.

The Daily News Journal reports guests on Sunday included U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin and U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez.

The Rev. Joseph Breen, a Catholic priest from Nashville, also joined the celebration. He said it was important to support the freedom to worship because if it can be taken away from some people, it can be taken from everyone.

Sojourners

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Christian ministry Sojourners says response has been overwhelmingly positive to its billboard in Murfreesboro urging residents to “Love your Muslim neighbors.”

In recent months, Sojourners has placed the billboards in Joplin, Missouri, where a Mosque was burned down, and in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where Sikh worshipers were murdered in their temple.

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls "confusion" about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.

The Republican governor was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Sharia in Tennessee government.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Planning Commission has voted to appeal a court decision that voided their approval of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 Monday night to challenge Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew’s decision in the case. Corlew ruled May 29 that the Commission failed to provide sufficient public notice for the 2010 meeting at which they approved the mosque’s construction permit.

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