Religion

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee Finally Allowed to Open

| by Michael Allen

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will finally open on Friday after the U.S. Justice Department sued Rutherford County.

After a two year legal battle, arson and a bomb threat, Rutherford County, Tennessee officials issued a temporary occupancy permit allowing the building to be used while a permanent permit is pending, the Associated Press reports.

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Islamic Center board member Saleh Sbenaty told the Associated Press:  “We’re thrilled. We hope everybody will be as happy and thrilled as we are.”

Kevin Fisher, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop the construction of the mosque, said: “History will one day judge whether we were wrong about this mosque, or whether we were right all along.”

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Fisher claimed Islam wasn’t a religion in an effort to stop the construction of the mosque.