Tennessee Mosque Ordered Open by Judge

Jul 19, 2012

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.

Rutherford County's planning commission has voted to appeal a ruling that voided their approval of a new mosque. The Daily News Journal reports the commission voted for the appeal 6-1 at its meeting Monday night.

Construction is continuing on a new mosque outside of Murfreesboro as attorneys debate the import of a judge's ruling that voided approval of the site plan. Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew issued that ruling on Tuesday, saying that there was insufficient public notice of the meeting where the site plan was approved.

A judge in Tennessee ruled Tuesday that the public wasn't properly notified about a meeting where local officials approved the plan for a proposed mosque, meaning construction of the disputed project will beĀ stopped.