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3:37 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Judge Rules Tennessee Mosque Opponents Can Contest Case

A federal judge in Nashville will allow opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque to have a say in the religious freedom case involving the building. Judge Kevin Sharp on Wednesday ruled that the group of neighbors has a legitimate interest in the case.

An emergency ruling by a different federal judge last month overruled the neighbors' victory in Chancery Court that would have halted mosque construction.

Sharp put strict limits on the issues the mosque opponents will be allowed to address in court.

They can address whether the Chancery Court's order violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. They cannot address unproven accusations that mosque members have ties to terrorists.