Islam is religion protected by First Amendment, U.S. attorney says

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 8:59am

The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants Rutherford County to know that Islam is, in fact, a religion as recognized by the federal government.

Following statements made in a lawsuit disputing the approval of a Rutherford County mosque, the U.S. Department of Justice felt the need to chime in on that distinction as well as whether a mosque should be protected as place of religious activity.

After reviewing the plaintiffs’ claims, U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin for the Middle District of Tennessee said, “We concluded that we could not sit idly by while assertions implicating the rights of certain citizens and residents of Rutherford County were indiscriminately made.”

Martin’s office and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief Monday morning in the lawsuit filed Sept. 16 by a group of Rutherford County landowners, alleging that county officials violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.

The plaintiffs later amended the lawsuit to claim their due process rights were violated because the county planning commission and board of commissioners didn’t determine if the First Amendment protected a mosque and Islamic center.

In the brief, the federal government states an attorney questioned the county commission about whether Islam was a religion protected by the First Amendment and whether a mosque could be considered a religious place of worship.

Martins said the federal government’s role at this point was to clarify its position on Islam to prevent an improper ruling by the Rutherford County Chancery Court.

“Today’s filing is straightforward. It simply points out that all three branches of government have repeatedly recognized Islam as a religion.”

Martin later added, “To put it simply, [the] plaintiffs’ implication that Islam is not a recognized religion by the United States is wrong and it is not supported by any authority whatsoever.”

Furthermore, a mosque is a place of religious assembly and should be given equal protection under the law just as any other religion’s place of worship should.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 specifically forbids local governments from using land regulations to prevent the construction of religious places of worship.

Martin cautioned that Rutherford County could violate federal law by denying a construction permit based on the improper determination that Islam is not a religion.

He added that while the federal government hasn’t actually intervened in the lawsuit — the briefing simply reflects the government’s recognition of Islam — it would do so if that action became necessary in the future.

The brief states the government has particular interested in the Murfreesboro mosque case in that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate a fire at the mosque’s construction site.

It further states that U.S. prosecutors convicted three men for violating the Church Arson Prevention Act after they set fire to an Islamic center in Columbia, Tenn.

Martin said there had not been any determination on whether or not the Murfreesboro mosque fire constitutes a hate crime.

13 Comments on this post:

By: Morndenkainen on 10/18/10 at 5:28

Islam is a cult, not a religion. It does not deserve any respect as a religion.

Three ideas seem essential to the concept of a cult. One is thinking in terms of us versus them with total alienation from "them." The second is the intense, though often subtle, indoctrination techniques used to recruit and hold members. The third is the charismatic cult leader. Cultism usually involves some sort of belief that outside the cult all is evil and threatening; inside the cult is the special path to salvation through the cult leader and his teachings.

The indoctrination techniques include:
Subjection to stress and fatigue;
Social disruption, isolation and pressure;
Self criticism and humiliation;
Fear, anxiety, and paranoia;
Control of information;
Escalating commitment;
Use of auto-hypnosis to induce "peak" experiences.

Take a look at Islam, how muslims interact, and then review the previous list of things that apply to a cult... Hmm.. Islam is a perfect fit for being a cult rather than a religion.

By: BIG_TRAIN100 on 10/18/10 at 9:06

ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION!

IT IS A VERY DANGEROUS, MILITANT AND BARBARIC CULT, WHOSE CORE PRINCIPLES

ARE IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES. MOSQUES

ARE MILITARY CENTERS AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE. THE DOJ SHOULD BE PROSECUTING THE MOSQUES FOR SEDITION!

ISLAM DOES NOT ALLOW FOR:

-FREEDOM OF SPEECH
-FREEDOM OF RELIGION
-IMPOSES CRUEL & UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT (HOMOSEXUALS ARE TO BE KILLED,

FORNICATORS WHIPPED, THIEVES TO HAVE HAND CHOPPED OFF)
-THERE IS NO SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE UNDER ISLAM

PEDOPHILIA IS ACCEPTABLE UNDER ISLAM, BECAUSE THAT IS THE EXAMPLE THAT

MUHAMMAD PROVIDED, WHO MARRIED A 7 YEAR OLD GIRL AND CONSUMMATED THE

MARRIAGE! COMPARE THAT TO THE EXAMPLE THAT JESUS PROVIDED - SINLESS!

TO READ MORE ON WHAT ISLAM TEACHES, GOOGLE: TOP TEN REASONS WHY SHARIA IS

BAD FOR ALL SOCIETIES

GOOGLE: PAMPHLETS FOUND IN AMERICAN MOSQUES
GOOGLE: JIHAD WATCH
GOOGLE: CREEPING SHARIA
GOOGLE: EX MUSLIM AND EX TERRORIST TO SEE WHAT ISLAM TAUGHT THEM

By: BIG_TRAIN100 on 10/18/10 at 9:07

CORRECTION:

ARE IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES.

MOSQUES ARE MILITARY CENTERS AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE.

By: WickedTribe on 10/19/10 at 5:28

Just because you disagree with a religion, doesn't mean it isn't a religion. Many people view christianity with the same contempt (and rightfully so).

By: MetalMan on 10/19/10 at 7:06

Islam is not a religion at all. It is a system of governance, jurisprudence and culture. Its core values are: populate, overcome, and convert or kill. The sole purpose of Islam and the teachings of Mohammad are to populate and dominate the world. Islamic women are for procreation only. Men are free to have multiple wives, sex with men, boys and animals, and beat their wives. An Islamic woman's vote counts as 1/2 of a man's vote and her trial testimony counts as 1/4 of a man's. Islamic terrorism is condoned, even encouraged, as a means to the end, and the Quran supports this. To consider Islam as a religion is ridiculous. America and Americans had better wake up and realize that we’re in a fight for our lives and our very existence, and stop trying to soft pedal around this issue. Islam is the enemy of the free world.

By: Kosh III on 10/19/10 at 8:23

"Three ideas seem essential to the concept of a cult. One is thinking in terms of us versus them with total alienation from "them." The second is the intense, though often subtle, indoctrination techniques used to recruit and hold members. The third is the charismatic cult leader. Cultism usually involves some sort of belief that outside the cult all is evil and threatening; inside the cult is the special path to salvation through the cult leader and his teachings."

You are describing the Tea Party and the GOP.
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By: Kosh III on 10/19/10 at 8:27

Hmm, you can't get to heaven unless you are a Roman Catholic and everyone else is a heretic or worse, you can only accept what the Magisterium teaches or you will be punished, and the Pope is Supreme and his authority is final.
That matches the 3 things you said were a cult, so let's eliminate the Catholics while we're at it.

By: Walter Sobchak on 10/19/10 at 8:40

"America and Americans had better wake up and realize that we’re in a fight for our lives and our very existence"

I would expect nothing less from one of the masses of good little US consumers. Buy what's being sold to you. That's what you guys do. You are like parrots repeating the same tired rhetorical lines that some talking head used to scare the hell outta you in the first place.

Or I could have just said the dipshits are out early this morning. Now go bomb and abortion clinic or a federal building or something.

By: Jocta on 10/19/10 at 10:46

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--------------------------------------WAKE UP TENNESSEE

----------MUSLIMS PARENTS MURDER THEIR CHILDREN WITH EXPLOSIVES!

--------------------------MUSLIMS ARE KILLING OUR MILITARY TROOPS!

RELIGION IS ORGANIZED CRIME!----MIND CONTROL DE-BRAINS THE MASSES!
Do you 'really' believe that your phony make -believe-fairytale farcical 'man-made' so-called
"creator-god" "magically conjured into existence" what ACTUALLY had already existed
"INFINITELY"---- FOR BILLIONS upon BILLIONS OF EONS?
- INFINITY REFUTES DIVINITY!------ UNIVERSE IS INFINITE!
THERE NEVER WAS "NOTHING"-Thus nothing to "Create"! "Creator" is 'superfluous'!
- Mass / Energy never disappear ever were / ever here!
-Religion's pollution is no solution For Darwin's Evolution!

-"CREATION IS IMPOSSIBLE"!-
Any truly rational person will tell you that a so-called "CREATOR-God" is a "fairytale "Ghostly-Apparition"
used by unethical 'PONZI-LIKE' thieving charlatan pedophiles to destroy the critical part of a "child's"
mind and corrupt their bodies for the purpose of enslaving them to a life as proselytizers for perpetuating
the 'Pandemic Plague- mind-destroying 'Disease' "Religion", "God"-ism'!
Rational people know that a so-called "First Cause"; and or, "Creator" are OXYMORON's!-
There cannot be a "BEGINNING" or, "First Cause" because there ALWAYS needs to be something BEFORE; that CAUSED any so-called "BEGINNING" or, "First Cause"!-Even the 'so-called' "BIG BANG" had to be CAUSED by something!---------EVERY ACTION NEEDS AN "IMPETUS"!-
The only logical, rational answer to everything we know as LIFE and our UNIVERSE
is CEASELESSNESS, "INFINITY", no "BEGINNING" NO END!
Those who INVENT a "First Cause" or 'God" are illiterate! Because even a so-called "First Cause",
would need to have had an "impetus"! Before you make a ridiculous assertion about an "Infinite God", 'find a "beginning"or a 'need' for one!
Then tell us 'who' told you about this supposed "Infinite" "Intelligent Designer"-"Creator-God"? Or, explain how you have come to believe such a indefensible 'conjectured 'absurdity!
Religion is Organized Crime!------------- Mind control de-brains the masses!
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By: gdiafante on 10/19/10 at 10:51

The level of idiocy in this country is reaching an all-time high.

By: TITAN1 on 10/19/10 at 12:15

gdiafante, you and I don't agree often, but what is it with these "Chicken Littles"?

By: EquinsuOcha on 10/19/10 at 3:52

To all the islam lovers: What part of Morndemkainen, BIG_TRAIN100,and Metalman's posts are not the truth?......

By: govskeptic on 10/19/10 at 6:54

Stop all these objections. We've gotten the official word straight
from the office of Attorney General Holder through the local
US Attorney's Office as to what is what in this case. Such
objections will not be allowed in the Federal Courts of the US.
As a matter of fact, not even in the State Courts!