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.
Federal authorities have charged a Texas man with a bomb threat timed to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that targeted a mosque being built in Tennessee. Two indictments were filed Thursday in Nashville against 24-year-old Janier Alan Correa of Corpus Christi.