Wingnuts Want TN Mosque Seized


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.

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  1. says

    And, again, since when are political beliefs not protected by the First Amendment?

    I remember when authoritarian conservatives like George Will were saying the First Amendment protected ONLY political speech.

  2. raven says

    The mosque in Joplin, Missouri was firebombed twice. The second time, it was totally destroyed.

    The one nearest my house was firebombed by xian terrorists.

    Not unusual. There have been dozens of attacks on mosques. No one seems to be keeping track, but it is likely that most of them have been attacked.

    The Tennessee mosque needs to have a camera surveillance system. After it is vandalized and attacked, they can post the video on Youtube.

  3. says

    Are the mosquephobes even trying to present a valid legal case here? Or are just openly gumming up the courts until the other guys accept a “compromise?”

  4. Chiroptera says

    …Muslims aren’t covered by the First Amendment because Islam is a political belief not a religious one….

    Are these the same people who claim that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship with Christ?

  5. raven says

    Missouri mosque destroyed in second fire in a month – CNN.com
    www. cnn. com/2012/08/06/us/missouri-mosque-burned

    Aug 7, 2012 – A mosque in Joplin, Missouri, was burned to the ground early Monday, just over a month after an attempted arson at the Islamic center, officials …

    Routine xian terrorism from the religion of peace and love.

  6. kantalope says

    Let me guess…they’ll accept the mosque if it is taken over by “Christian Fundraisers International” or one of it’s subsidiaries?

  7. criticaldragon1177 says

    Ed Brayton

    Once again, the Robert Spencer’s and Pamela Gellers of the world, show us what they really are. Paranoid, bigoted idiots.

  8. says

    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.

    In other words, Christian fundies resort to terrorism against law-abiding American citizens because those innocents have one non-incriminating, irrelevant feature in common with a competing group of terrorists.

  9. raven says

    @ 13 Good searching.

    Columbia, Tennessee, February 2008

    Neo-Nazis burned down a mosque.

    It’s already happened once in Tennessee.

    That ACLU map is incomplete. It only goes back 5 years and has missed a few attacks that I know about.

  10. blf says

    There have been dozens of attacks on mosques. No one seems to be keeping track, but it is likely that most of them have been attacked.

    The usual go-to site, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has at least two related lists (neither is exclusively mosques):

      ● Terror From the Right: Plots, Conspiracies and Racist Rampages Since Oklahoma City (latest entry is dated 18-June-2013).

      ● Anti-Muslim Incidents Since Sept. 11, 2001 (latest entry is dated 7-March-2011).

    I have not cross-checked the lists against each other, nor either against the ACLU’s map / list, and I am not claiming any of theses lists are comprehensive.

  11. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    In Canada, there are 3 “purposes” for the free speech right protected by the Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

    While all non-violent conduct that expresses or tries to express pretty much anything falls within your “right” to free speech, laws that breach that right are struck down only if they can’t be “justified” as reasonable within the framework of the democratic society Canada wishes itself to be.

    Not surprisingly, “justification” is vastly easier if the speech doesn’t serve one of the 3 purposes, one of which is basically political speech.

    So up here (as in most of the world) the protections for speech are less than those in the US…and ironically come much closer to a Borkish view than I would like to see in a country that sees itself as having *more* accountable government than in the US.

  12. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    Because #18 would know the answer to that question, because Crip Dyke Is The Government Of Canada. Right?

  13. greg1466 says

    Maybe they’re on to something. How about seizing all structures owned by any religion for any purpose and use them to house homeless people? Even given the number of homeless in this country, there’d still be lots a space left over.

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