Judge Dismisses Most of Tennessee Mosque Construction Lawsuit
Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 3:33 pm
A judge has thrown out most of a lawsuit seeking to halt the construction of a mosque on the outskirts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
According to court documents, Chancellor Robert Corlew III ruled this week that 17 plaintiffs challenging soning approval for construction of a new Islamic Center of Murfreesboror failed to prove they are being harmed by the project. The lawsuit was filed in September and claimed the plaintiffs had “been and will be irreparably harmed by the risk of terrorism generated by proselytizing for Islam and teaching the practices of Sharia law.”
Corlew dismissed most of the lawsuit this week, saying the plaintiffs have “not demonstrated a loss different from that which is common to all citizens of Rutherford County.” The only part of the lawsuit that remains is the question of whether the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission gave adequate notice before approving the mosque’s site plan. County officials advertised the meeting in the Murfreesboro Post, a free weekly newspaper that plaintiffs claim does not meet qualifications for a “newspaper of general circulation.”
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