Judge denies request to stop work on Murfreesboro mosque

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 4:53pm

After a trial that stretched more than two months and devolved into what many spectators called a circus that garnered international attention and ridicule, Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew denied plaintiffs' request for a temporary injunction Wednesday afternoon.

The ruling means the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro can continue in the first phase of its project to build a 52,900-square-foot mosque and community center on Veals Road in Rutherford County, just outside Murfreesboro. 

Corlew heard closing arguments Wednesday morning. Tom Smith, an attorney for the plaintiffs, alleged that the Murfreesboro congregation — which has been practicing in the same place, which it contends it has outgrown, for three decades — has ties with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist organizations. He said again and again that "the shadow of Sharia Law" had crept into Murfreesboro via the congregation's site-plan permit proceedings, which his side alleged were improperly held outside public purview. 

Attorney Josh McCreary, representing the Rutherford County Planning Commission, said the proceedings had devolved into an overt display against Islam, and that the question over the fundamental legal issue — whether the ICM and the county followed open meetings law during the approval process for the congregation's site plan — was easily answered. 

Joe Brandon Jr., the showman attorney for the plaintiffs, threatened at one point during his rebuttal that, were the chancellor to deny their request, he would depose and subpoena members of the ICM congregation and essentially drag out an underlying lawsuit to outright block construction of the mosque and community center. 

25 Comments on this post:

By: Ingleweird on 11/18/10 at 8:52

The attorneys for the plaintiffs need to be disbarred and counter-sued for the legal fees incurred during this trial by the ICM and Rutherford County. Joe Brandon Jr. and Laurie Cardoza-Moore with Proclaiming Justice to the Nations have made mucho $$$ off hapless dupes contributing $$ to PJTN; money which was , in turn, used to fund these kangaroo court proceedings---

http://www.murfreesboropost.com/witnesses-fund-lawsuit-against-local-mosque-cms-24812

Rutherford Co. And ICM should not have to pay a single dime in their defense against these fear profiteers!

By: yogiman on 11/18/10 at 9:00

Use that old KISS program (keep it simply, stupid). Bury a pig on the sight where they want to but a Muslim.

By: gdiafante on 11/18/10 at 9:34

You're a class act yogi.

By: BEOWULF on 11/18/10 at 10:01

BEOWULF: The atmosphere in Murfreesboro seems to be "Pro-Left" and a perfect breeding ground for socialism/marxism/obamaism. Socialism has been the norm in many countries in Europe for decades with porous borders. As 68% of the American public cries for sealing our own, Washington ignores our plea. Meanwhile, many European countries have become chocked with Islam and Sharia Law and are beginning to close their borders. They have realized, albeit too late, that socialism and Sharia Law have choked the freedom and lives of their people and governments. Obama now wants to grant amnesty to all 5 year illegal residents who are "productive" wannabe citizens: NOW - before our voter mandated conservatives take their seats. He has stopped much of deportation, stopped sealing the borders, and wants to shove his LEFT agenda down the thoats of the majority while he still has the control our "enlightened" voters gave him in 2008. Hang on , folks. You asked for CHANGE - get ready for the CHAINS. Corlew, you represent law of the LEFT.

By: BEOWULF on 11/18/10 at 10:02

BEOWULF: The atmosphere in Murfreesboro seems to be "Pro-Left" and a perfect breeding ground for socialism/marxism/obamaism. Socialism has been the norm in many countries in Europe for decades with porous borders. As 68% of the American public cries for sealing our own, Washington ignores our plea. Meanwhile, many European countries have become chocked with Islam and Sharia Law and are beginning to close their borders. They have realized, albeit too late, that socialism and Sharia Law have choked the freedom and lives of their people and governments. Obama now wants to grant amnesty to all 5 year illegal residents who are "productive" wannabe citizens: NOW - before our voter mandated conservatives take their seats. He has stopped much of deportation, stopped sealing the borders, and wants to shove his LEFT agenda down the thoats of the majority while he still has the control our "enlightened" voters gave him in 2008. Hang on , folks. You asked for CHANGE - get ready for the CHAINS. Corlew, you represent law of the LEFT.

By: gdiafante on 11/18/10 at 10:16

Yeah, the first amendment is pure Socialism...that damn Liberal Constitution...

By: GUARDIAN on 11/18/10 at 12:10

GUARDIAN-What if someone has secretly sprayed the whole property with pig blood thinned with pig urine so it was not so easily noticed and scented so you couldn't spell the urine. "AND" no one told them till they spent all that money building the place.

By: gdiafante on 11/18/10 at 12:15

That would confirm that TN is home to some of the dumbest people on the planet.

No wait, you and yogi's posts already confirm that.

My bad

By: yogiman on 11/18/10 at 12:53

Why are you so jealous, gdiafanti? Irritated because you aren't natural born Tennessean?

By: gdiafante on 11/18/10 at 2:20

I'm not sure how you got that I would be jealous of malicious ignorance...then again, you've never been very astute.

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 6:01

gd, there are scared chicken littles like yogi and guardian everywhere not just in Tennessee. If we don't believe like them then they think we are stupid. They always feel threatened.

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 6:01

gd, there are scared chicken littles like yogi and guardian everywhere not just in Tennessee. If we don't believe like them then they think we are stupid. They always feel threatened.

By: HokeyPokey on 11/19/10 at 8:31

Hey Yogi, do that in front of a few synagogues and see what kind of welcome you get.

By: BEOWULF on 11/19/10 at 8:37

BEOWULF: gdiafante, TITAN1: Since the two of insinuate your level of understanding is so ^, type "BILDERBERG GROUP" into a browser and fully research it's formation, membership, etc. You "seem" to be so enlightened, try furthering your understanding of world control. GUARDIAN & yogiman are suggesting nothing more than a practice utilized by the US military in the Phillipines in WWII when all else failed (Research that one also, if you aren't afraid to LEARN!).
Gotta run - doing verbal battle with the uninformed, unarmed political LEFT is boring and futile.

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 8:57

beowulf, you got one thing right, you are boring.

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 9:07

In fact you are part of the problem. You are hung up on Left and Right, Democrat and Republican. If more people would get past stupid party lines then they might could think for themselves. Sometimes you have to say and do what is in your heart. You also have to use COMMON SENSE! Peaceful people meeting in a mosque is no more of a threat than people gathering together in a Church of Christ, Baptist or any other religious meeting place. YOU, are the one who needs to learn!

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 9:20

Well said, Titan.

By: BEOWULF on 11/19/10 at 9:45

BEOWULF: TITAN1: Use of common sence implies one understands it's concept...evidently, you don't! You are more biased than most : a true mark of uninformed, narrowmindedness. Need more info? Look up Sharia Law (especially the place and treatment of women and young girls in their "mosque centered" way of life).
Do yourself a favor. Take the time to READ and be informed: BILDERBERG, SHARIA LAW, history of the muslim religion (you and I are INFIDELS: guess what their mission is for us!!) - it's out there; READ, READ! You might start to develope an open mind. Next time you respond, do so as INFORMED AMERICAN!
At one time in our history, doctors operated w/o washing their hands - "information" finally got them on the way to saving lives. INFORMATION leads to UNDERSTANDING!

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 10:02

You are afraid of people who are different from you even though they are peaceful. Is this the first mosque in the US? How long have mosques been in the US? How much trouble have come from these mosques? I don't claim to be the sharpest tool in the shed, but it seems that you think you have that title. Well, you can have the highest education there is in the world, but if you don't have common sense and if your heart is really that hard, then you are no better than anyone who might not have an education of any kind. Remember Mr Scholar, you think I am boring so why are you still here? Oh, I might be boring, but I am not hung up on the Right or the Left. I think for myself.

By: GUARDIAN on 11/19/10 at 11:15

GUARDIAN-TITAN1 get off your knees and put your prayer rub up and while you're at it was that dirty rag on your head. Sharia Law proves Islam isn't a religion and it's not a race. It's a political origination like the Nazi that wants to control the world and has been trying for 1400 years to do so. In fact they were allies with the nazi during WW2. The extermination of the Jewish people from the face of the earth was their common goal and it's still the goal of islam today. Islam history is plain and simple. Join us or be enslaved or die. When they attacked us on 9-11 it wasn't to spread their gospel it was to spread their fear to us and around the world to join them or die. Does anyone want to look a fool by saying the pictures from all parts of the world of all islam celebrating 9-11. OH don't give me the good ones didn't do that. No they let their combined silence speak for them. Islamic mosque are built as a sign to all that we have conquered and we are here so bow down. So there you go, you can bow down and join them or be a proud American and worship GOD in any way you like or not worship at all. Our way at least you get to keep your head. Their way may send every last one of them to meet mohammad and their 72 Barney Frank look alike virgins. So who's side will YOU be on. (F.Y.I.) BEOWULF is right I do follow Gen."Black Jack" Pershing's rules of engaging muslims. I dip my 9MM in pigs blood. "JUST IN CASE" what I know will happen, "HAPPENS". Semper Fi/Μολὼν λαβέ !!

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 11:29

I do worship God, but I believe in freedom of religion. You have many issues. May God be with you. BTW, I look at the individual.

By: TITAN1 on 11/19/10 at 12:24

Just wondering why both GUARDIAN and BEOWULF start their posts with their own screen names. Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter.

By: GUARDIAN on 11/19/10 at 2:30

GUARDIAN-I repeat Sharia Law proves Islam isn't a religion and it's not a race. It's a political origination like the Nazi that wants to control the world and has been trying for 1400 years to do so. I'm sorry you don't understand but perhaps someone will save you when the time comes.

By: HokeyPokey on 11/19/10 at 7:02

@BEOWULF Use of common [sense] implies one understands [its] concept...evidently...

Maybe you're just not being careful, or maybe you're uneducated. Either way, you're not making much of a case.

By: yogiman on 11/19/10 at 9:35

If, and I repeat; IF, there was a mosque of peaceful people, there would be no argument.

Try reading a little more about their religion. The Muslim faith is based on Sharia Law.

Name one site where Muslims have killed people(like the twin towers) and didn't build a new mosque at that site as soon as they could pull it off and I'll apologize for my misunderstandings of their proclaimed faith.