Lawsuit over Murfreesboro mosque heads to trial - WSMV News 4

Lawsuit over Murfreesboro mosque heads to trial

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -

A lawsuit that seeks to void the approval for a Rutherford County mosque will go to trial Wednesday in Murfreesboro.

Last week, Chancellor Robert Corlew denied a defense motion to dismiss claims of inadequate public notice for the meeting where the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was approved.

The judge did agree to limit somewhat the scope of testimony.

In previous hearings, plaintiffs have brought witnesses who made claims that Islam is not a religion and that Muslims are a threat to their fellow citizens.

At last week's hearing, Corlew ruled that two expert witnesses who were to speak on the threat of militant Islam could not testify at trial.

The new mosque will replace a smaller, existing one.

The mosque is already under construction, and its first phase is scheduled to be completed by this summer.

Wednesday's trial starts at 1 p.m.

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