May 30th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Tennessee mosque's fate again up in the air

By Lateef Mungin and Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) –The long-running battle between a Tennessee Muslim community and its critics over a new mosque took a dramatic turn with a county judge's ruling that could bring construction to a halt.

"Everyone is really shocked, many people are crying about this," Imam Osama Bahloul, leader of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said early Wednesday.

"We did exactly what other churches in the county did," he said. "We followed the same process that other churches did. Why did this happen? Some people feel like it is discrimination."

The judge, Chancellor Robert Corlew, ruled Tuesday that plans for the new mosque that had previously been approved by a local planning commission were now "void and of no effect."

He said the planning commission violated state law by not providing proper public notice. The ruling throws the date of the mosque's completion, scheduled for July, up in the air.

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  1. Kurt

    NO mosques in America!! Not now not ever. Stand up america they will take over, do not allow this to happen to this great country of ours!!

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  2. raceisamyth

    Hmm maybe its that surra that says KILL the infidels that made people flinch. Heres what all christians, muslims and jews have in common...we all worship the same God. Read all 3 books...their connections are astounding...cept the part where Satan pretended to be the archangel Gabriel when he told muhammed to start cutting off heads in mecca. Its ok i forgive muhammed.

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