Rutherford County Refuses to Halt Mosque Construction Despite Court Decision Voiding Permit
Bob Smietana writes in The Tennessean:
Rutherford County has no immediate plans revoke the building permit for an embattled Murfreesboro mosque.
“The county is going to look at all the possibilities,” said Jim Cope, attorney for Rutherford County. “This could take weeks.”
Construction at the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was set to continue today, despite a judge’s decision that voided the county planning commission’s approval of the project. But the judge did not order a stop to the construction.
Opponents of the mosque want construction to end immediately. Mosque officials say the work will continue until they get official word to stop.
“There are two sides here that disagree,” said Cope. “The county is not the umpire here.”
Cope said that county officials are waiting for a court order from Judge Robert Corlew III before taking their next step. They could file a motion to reconsider or appeal the judge’s decision.
Blocking the mosque project could lead to a federal lawsuit under the religious anti-discrimination laws.
Did the Justice Department make a threatening phone call? Most likely.
“There are a lot of moving parts in this,” said Cope.
Posted on 05/30/2012 1:38 PM by Rebecca Bynum