The fact that Frank Gaffney and his fellow Islamophobes continue to try to prevent a Muslim congregation in Mufreesboro, TN from opening a larger mosque to accommodate their numbers shows just how obsessed and irrational they are. Now they’re asking the TN Supreme Court to seize the new building.
Mosque opponents in Murfreesboro, Tenn., want the county to seize a newly constructed Islamic Center and turn it over to someone else.
J. Thomas Smith, an attorney for citizens asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that allowed occupancy of the new 12,000-square-foot Islamic Center of Murfreesboro last November, told The Tennessean there would be several acceptable remedies should his clients prevail.
“I think the county would step in and have someone else take it over,” Smith said.
This case has been absurd from the start. There has been a Muslim mosque in that city for decades and all they wanted was to build a larger one. That sent the Islamophobes into a tizzy, moronically arguing that Muslims aren’t covered by the First Amendment because Islam is a political belief not a religious one (funny how that’s never applied to Christianity, which has far more political power in this country than Islam). But the specific case had only to do with whether the city council had given adequate public notice of a zoning hearing on the matter, when in reality they gave the same notice in a local paper that they give of every local commission meeting.
And this mosque has not just been targeted legally, it’s also been the repeated target of vandalism and bomb threats from Christian fundamentalists who act very much like those Islamic fundamentalists they oppose.