July 19th, 2012
04:27 AM ET

Federal judge clears way for new Tennessee mosque to open for Ramadan

A federal judge ordered a Tennessee county to conduct a final inspection of a new mosque, clearing the way for worshippers to possibly begin using the building in time for the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Thursday.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell is the latest development in a two-year battle over the opening of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, near Nashville, that has been marked by legal challenges and anti-Muslim sentiment.

"If the building complies with applicable codes and regulations, the County shall issue, on or before July 19, 2012, the certificate of occupancy," Campbell wrote Wednesday in his order granting a temporary restraining order against the county.

Campbell's ruling effectively set aside a ruling by a county judge in June that reversed a planning commission's approval of the Islamic Center's expansion because of what he said was insufficient public notice.


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  1. Hannity O'reilly

    I love the star wars sand people..But me thinks these sands people have detonating vests!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hannity O'reilly

    suweeside bummer

    July 19, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jay jay

    i keel you! Sup bombo? We get the Canadian motorcycle nut yet?

    July 19, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Adam

    That's great. Yesterday a red headed caucasion from Michigan recruited by Hizbollah and their Iranian masters detonated himself on a Bulgarian bus targeting Jeswish tourists. Today we open a radical islam factory in Tennessee. Diversity is strength, they say. I'm increasingly skeptical. I sort of like America of yesteryear, before kids were recruited as suicide bombers for Allah...

    July 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. james ainoris

    I think that Moslems should only be allowed to build Mosques in America if they allow synagogues and churches as well as non Moslems to live in peace and safety in Mecca and Medina... How can we ignore the fact that NO christian or jew can even travel safely to their countries.... I admitt europe under the popes was equally evil but they have changed and are more tollerant (except switzerland) ... who oppresses Moslems and sent jews to Nazi s... America welcomes everyone that doesnt hate ...If they are good people (I believe most Moslems are good) let them build.. Mosques....we dont want to opress others like they do in their homeland. I just got back from Israel...Moslems ,christians and jews living working together in peace...I have to be fair.. can Moslems and Jews pray and live in Vatican city or Liberty university in the south? james ainoris

    July 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ameermirza

    Thats a good news indeed.

    Ameer Mirza

    July 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ted Ward

    Religious tolerance is demanded of everyone in Tennessee except for those who openly worship in a tradition that is nothing but intolerance, deception, revenge,and hate. Is something wrong here??!!

    July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. james ainoris

    southerners in general have a dark history with respect to "non wasps" In fact Catholics were not even allowed to build in america until late 1800s. Mary land (Baltimore) I believe was their first haven. The Mormons were attacked and butchered all the way to Salt Lake city. Jews had to rent space from free masons in many areas...although it seems the jews had it pretty good here compared to indians and chinese etc. Our founding fathers had the insite to set up our laws to prevent any "bully group" from having ultimate power over religion and related laws . Sunday (blue laws) some how came to america. They were designed to destroy judaism in europe by forcing them to work on saturday (7th day) . Most states abolished these laws recently. I see many moslems in danger in evil europe today just as the jews were(are). America is a great country..as long as you love it and are peaceful you can live here. Shalom james ainoris

    July 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ancu

    Very, very insensitive beuvaiohr from that American manager indeed. All the more disappointing given that he apparently worked in a joint-venture organisation with significant local characteristics. It seems that individual was not even aware of the proverb When in Rome . . . . Which does not mean, by the way, that foreign executives cannot and should not manage differently from their local peers. There can be advantage as well as liability of foreignness for foreign executives in local organisations (FELOs). There are good reasons why FELOs are appointed, and why these positions are not filled with local executives. In many cases, reasons extend well beyond the acquisition of hard skills' and international experience. Much can be learned by expatriates and managers in joint-venture organisations from those who bridge cultural distance in workplaces where they have been appointed by, and report to, local boards and superiors. The power dynamics of these workplaces are significantly different from those of typical expatriate assignments. Issues of allegiance, trust and control are important themes.

    December 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |