Tennessee Muslims sue to open mosque
A view shows the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tennessee May 30, 2012.
July 18th, 2012
04:58 PM ET

Tennessee Muslims sue to open mosque

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A Tennessee Islamic center has asked a federal court to clear the way for a new mosque to open in time for the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at sundown Thursday.

Plans for the mosque in Murfreesboro, near Nashville, have resulted in threats to the center and a lawsuit that led to a county judge's order shutting down the project in June. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is now asking a federal judge to allow the mosque to open, arguing that it is being blocked "merely because local anti-Islamic protests have made the mosque controversial."

U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell set a hearing on the issue for Thursday afternoon in Nashville.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the center by the Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, argues that the center was ordered to meet "a heightened standard of notice in the zoning process" because of objections by some Murfreesboro residents.

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  1. Raja

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    July 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  2. truth be told

    better a pile of rubble and ash than an idolatrous mosque

    July 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!'

      July 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  4. gosh

    I'm so happy they got it done by Ramadan! Yeah for them!!
    But what I'm really mad at is all the trouble of the hare mongers- stop blaming 9/11 or whatever on 1 billion Muslims and islam- its just the small percentage of crazies and uneducated tribal dudes who do this stuff in there stupid misunderstood perspective on religion.doesn't other religions have ccrazies and idiots who do stupid things too?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • take up serpents th eway Jesus spoke of

      the Muslim religion has about a holf billon or more of uneducated dudes in it.. a half billin dude... !!! 🙂

      July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  5. lcleejr

    surprised that tennessee has muslims in their state. its sad that tennessee would bow to any religion. hopefully they get rid of the judge.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • derp

      Of course, we should get rid of the judge for enforcing the first amendment.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • take up serpents th eway Jesus spoke of

      @ derp

      yeah! that's what religion run amuck does punish legal ...spread hate distroy what is good all for religious beliefs run amuck 🙂

      July 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  6. Reality

    Why Mosques and Islam are Dangerous:

    o On the koranic passages and world domination:
    "Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

    Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

    Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

    Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

    Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like

    a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

    In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

    Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

    Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

    A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

    Don Richardson

    July 19, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • take up serpents th eway Jesus spoke of

      it's not illlegsal to be dangerous... that's exactly why there is seperation of Church and State in this country...there was a day when most of all of Europe was under th ereligious riech of Christianty for a thousand years and we can look back at all their words which is full of blood.. full of hatefulness full of deciet and full fo Satan.. and governments were under it's influience completely ...That's why the !st amendment ... FIRST I say says Copngress shall passs no law respecting the establishment of a religion nor prohibit the free execerse thereof... 🙂 🙂

      July 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Islam is not a religion but a cult bent on dominating the world by any means to include suicide bombings like 9/11.

      More about mosques, the operating centers of said cult:

      Muslim convert journalist Stephen Schwartz, American Jewish Committee terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer have all separately testified to a growing radical Islamist Wahhabi influence in U.S. mosques, financed by extremist groups. According to Barsky, 80% of U.S. mosques are so radicalized.

      August 9, 2010 Germany shuts 9/11 plotters' mosque in Hamburg

      Police raided the mosque on Monday and hunted for evidence of jihadist activities German police have shut down the Hamburg mosque where the 9/11 hijackers met before their suicide attacks on the US in 2001.
      Police said they believed the Taiba mosque was again being used as a meeting point for extremists.
      The cultural association that runs the mosque has also been banned.

      A German intelligence report last year said radical Muslims had travelled to military training camps in Uzbekistan after associating at the mosque."

      And let us not forget the Second Amendment!!!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  7. Flamespeak

    Muslims are crying/angry.

    In other news, water was deemed to be wet Today and the Sun was officially declared bright as all get out.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      christians are angry and censor other religions.

      In other news, water was deemed to be wet Today and the Sun was officially declared bright as all get out.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • take up serpents th eway Jesus spoke of

      @bootyf .. shamefully so .. Christians are supposed to be much better than that....

      July 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  8. UK Dave & my fellow scientists


    July 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • mafia don


      July 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  9. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    July 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yeah, cause christianity never killed anyone...

      July 19, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      July 19, 2012 at 6:09 am |
    • Primewonk

      The fundiot Muslims are simply following their god's commands. The Christian version of this same god commands the exact same things of the Christians. It's just that the fundiot Muslims have the balls to obey their god, while the fundiot Christians choose to ignore their god.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • take up serpents th eway Jesus spoke of

      That's perfectly fine ...all we have to do is do what Jesus said to do...

      we need to do it now while there is still the great divide ...THE Atlantic and Pacific Oceans ...
      I see the United States of america s a giant Aircraft Carrier with Christians on board who aare designed to go into all the Wordl and attack all forms of unbelief with our faith and works ... 🙂 🙂

      Intody's age we can do a lot fo that from right here in the USA but we need to have the same voice which is the same messages the Apostles had in the beginnning.. 🙂 🙂

      July 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2012: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      (references used are available upon request)

      July 20, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Soleh

      Meg,Lovely site and I especially enjoy your wrtiing style. Proof positive that you don't have to pound out an essay every day to share something meaningful with the rest of us. Welcome home.Dugger.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:07 am |
  10. Reality

    Why all mosques should close or not open:

    As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

    o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

    The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

    And to be all-inclusive:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      As usual – wot a waste o' bits.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  11. Keith

    Isn't it great that the minority muslims get to worship freely and in safety here in America, but in Africa muslims bomb and shoot up Christian churches damn near every day.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      What does that have to do with the actual ruling?

      July 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Hopefully muslims elsewhere will be inspired by their peaceful American brothers and ignore American christian attempts to prevent them from freely exercising their rights.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Keith

      hawaiiguest, Nothing. I point these atrocities committed by muslims on Christians on a daily basis everywhere that islam is the majority of the population. Here they are less than 1% or 2%, but their violence towards non-muslims goes up proportionally with an increase of muslim population. Right now in the US, they are relatively peaceful-only because they HAVE to be not because they WANT to be. CNN always portrays the muslims as peace-loving and tolerant of other religions-which is obviously a bunch of b.s. I point this out because cnn won't. They don't care that Christians are slaughtered by muslims. I do.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      I don't condone the violence, but why are the Christian churches there in Africa?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • sam stone

      Feeling a bit put upon, Keith?

      July 19, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Keith

      sam stone, People like you are so stupid. You LGBT clowns embrace islam every chance you get. Why don't you go to a country that practices Sharia and announce that you're qu.eer? You'd be hanged, moron! Don't you understand that? Muslims hate qu.eers. Muslims kill qu.eers. But I do know WHY you embrace your executioner-you've been given over to a depraved mind(just like the Bible says).
      Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

      July 19, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • derp

      "Muslims hate qu.eers. Muslims kill qu.eers"

      So do christians. The only difference between the two is the silly book they use to justify it.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • take up serpents th eway Jesus spoke of

      tis true Kieth but the only way to defeat that is through the wisdom of God....

      Muslism have been doing that for two plus decades in the Sudan ...

      all of in right in God's face... what we can do is confess Jesus everyday to everyone we meet and thsoe who know us we shoud also unite with them in prayrs to do more than just talk about it...lets practice Jesus to everyone we meet..

      July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • JWT

      please keep your version of jesus away from me.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  12. PAUL

    i am so happy that they did it...God Speed!!


    July 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
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