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NASHVILLE - Opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro are only trying to intervene in federal court to stir up additional controversy based on hateful rhetoric, not law, according to a motion filed Monday by officials with the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the motion, officials with the Justice Department slammed attorneys representing the Islamic Center opponents, as well as all of the parties involved, who filed a request to challenge a recent federal ruling that overturned their victory in Rutherford County Chancery Court.

“The United States believes that the putative interveners’ attempt to intervene is nothing more than an effort by those individuals to inject the same type of baseless and inflammatory arguments into these proceedings as those arguments that dominated the proceedings in state court,” Justice Department officials argued in the response to motion to intervene.

The filing comes a few days after attorneys Joe Brandon Jr. and Thomas Smith, both of who represent opponents of the Islamic Center, filed several motions claiming their clients have been victimized by the Muslim community and denied due process in the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee.

Brandon had requested for U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp to schedule a hearing Monday. However, Sharp instead asked Justice Department officials to file a response to the requests before considering an emergency hearing.

Check back at www.murfreesboropost.com for more updates on this developing story. For in-depth coverage, pick up a copy of the Thursday, Aug. 2, print edition of The Murfreesboro Post.

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July 31, 2012 at 1:26pm
Thank you Judge Sharp and DoJ.
July 31, 2012 at 2:47pm
Those people have no shame. The fact that educated, successful, intelligent people think hillbillies are behaving badly only humors the dum dums.
July 31, 2012 at 2:53pm
These pathetic, ill-informed, mean-spirited individuals are an embarrassment to Murfreesboro and our entire community.
July 31, 2012 at 10:23pm
I am truly perplexed that so many people are against a mosque being built at Ground Zero. I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. Thus the Mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance. That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, "The Turban Cowboy", which would be gay, and the other a topless bar called "You Mecca Me Hot."

Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called " Iraq o' Ribs." Across the street there could be a lingerie store called " Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret,"with sexy mannequins with short burkas in the window modeling the goods. Next door to the lingerie shop, a liquor store called "Morehammered." All of this would encourage the Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so the mosque problem would be solved.

If you agree with promoting tolerance, and you think this is a good plan, please pass it on...for the sake of tolerance.
August 01, 2012 at 9:24am
Simply put, in America, we have religious freedom under the law. As long as the members of any faith follow our laws, and do not violate them, they are free to worship as they wish. If the congregation of this proposed mosque follow our laws, do not assault their wives, do not rape their wives, do not disfigure their daughters, do not refuse civil divorce as allowed by our laws, do not cause or intend to cause public unrest or disturbances, they are free to worship their deity as they will. Just as another person is free to open that bar-be-que next door. No one is requiring them to eat there, just as they are not requring anyone other than muslims worship at their mosque. Tolerance is a two way street, and must be applied by both sides. If the members of this mosque wish no problems, they must not cause any either.
August 01, 2012 at 3:39pm
Just curious--would you be okay with a gay strip club or porn shop next to your church?
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