Controversy over a proposed Islamic cemetery near a Muslim mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. erupted inside a courthouse hallway today.
A Tea Party group is trying to stop the cemetery from being built even though a zoning commission approved it in January.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro asked Judge William Corlew to recuse himself over the case during a hearing today, noted WSMV.
Judge Corlew had ruled against the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro when it initially tried to build a mosque in 2010.
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However, a federal court overruled Judge Corlew in that case and the mosque was built.
After Judge Corlew recused himself today, cemetery opponents lashed out at the media (video below).
Tea Partier and anti-cemetery advocate Lou Ann Zelenik warned the media not to film her, even though they were legally allowed to in a court hallway, reports MurfreesboroPost.com.
“I don’t have a dog in this fight, so you do not touch me,” yelled WSMV reporter Larry Flowers, after a Tea Partier pushed him.
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"Please don't hurt her," Zelenil told Flowers.
"What are you talking about?" stated Flowers. "I'm no hurting anyone, this man put his hands on me."
Outside the court, Zelenil accused an Islamic student journalist of secretly recording even though the student was in full view with a video camera.