Judge Rules in Favor of Tennessee Mosque, Against Xenophobes

One small victory for religious freedom. A Judge in Tennessee gave the okay to the expansion of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee that had been vehemently opposed by right-wingers.

According The Tennessean, the judge denied an injunction against the mosque's expansion, despite opponents of the project putting forth "allegations that the center's religious leaders and Islam as a whole were part of a seditious political movement looking to replace U.S. laws with Shariah law."

Meanwhile the leaders of the Islamic Center simply stated that they had outgrown their current location and had gone through the appropriate channels to get approval for a further development.

And the judge agreed, ruling that "they failed to prove that Rutherford County violated open meetings laws or illegally approved the site plan."

Read the full story at The Tennessean. (h/t Gawker.)

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 18, 2010, 5:11am

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