Residents opposed to a Tennessee mosque are trying to take their case to the state Supreme Court. The Tennessean reports the plaintiffs are hoping the high court will hear the case and overrule a Tennessee Appeals Court decision in late May.
That ruling supported a decision by the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission to approve construction plans for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Some mosque opponents said they opposed the new facility because it would cause traffic problems, while others said the Muslims worshipping in the mosque were attempting to overthrow the U.S. Constitution and replace it with Islamic law.
A local Chancellor ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2012, saying the county failed to provide adequate public notice before the planning commission approved the mosque plans. But a federal court in Tennessee later intervened, overruling the Chancellor’s decision and allowing the construction to move forward.
A new Murfreesboro mosque that faced vocal opposition from some community members is requesting a permit for a cemetery. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro withdrew a similar request two years ago while the future of the building was uncertain due to a lawsuit in chancery court.
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.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has received its final approval after a nearly two-year legal battle to prevent it from opening. Islamic Center board chairman Essam Fathy said he was relieved and happy the mosque has its permanent occupancy permit.
It's finally opening day for a Tennessee mosque after opponents waged a two-year court battle trying to stop it. Leaders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro say they intend to hold midday prayers in the new building Friday.