A Tennessee judge says a federal court ruling for a Muslim congregation fighting to open its new mosque short-circuited his intention to stop construction. The Associated Press obtained orders filed Friday by Chancellor Robert Corlew in Murfreesboro.
Tennessee Muslims who won a court battle to occupy their new mosque will have to wait a little longer while construction is finished. Construction supervisor David Salimi said a codes inspector visited the site near Murfreesboro Thursday morning but that it will take about two more weeks of work to be ready.
A team of Rutherford County, Tennessee building code inspectors has been inside a Murfreesboro mosque today. That move is part of the process for granting the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro a certificate of occupancy, which was ordered yesterday by a U.S. District Court judge in Nashville.
A federal judge has ordered a Tennessee county to move ahead with opening a Muslim congregation's newly built mosque after a two year fight by opponents. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro sued Rutherford County Wednesday and asked District Judge Todd Campbell for an emergency order to let worshippers into the building before the holy month of Ramadan starts at sundown Thursday.
A Rutherford County judge is continuing to block a local mosque from receiving a certificate of occupancy. Chancellor Robert Corlew issued the injunction last month after ruling that county officials did not provide sufficient public notice for the May 2010 meeting where the mosque's construction plans were approved.