I want to take a quick moment to express how happy I am that the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Muslim community emerged victorious in their tireless battle against anti-American forces. Here is the background to their story for those who are unfamiliar with their struggle:
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been part of the Murfreesboro community for over 30 years. In 2010, the Islamic Center began building a new mosque to accommodate its growing congregation. Its efforts were met with a hostile reception by a small group of local residents, who filed suit in Rutherford County Chancery Court seeking a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the new mosque. Among other things, the suit made the baseless claim that the county’s zoning law denied plaintiffs due process by failing “to provide a hearing to examine the multiple uses of the ICM site and the risk of actions promoting Jihad and terrorism.”
But in a novel twist, the plaintiffs also made the claim that Islam, the world’s second largest religion, is in fact, not a religion, and thus undeserving of First Amendment religious freedom protections (Source: Huffington Post).
Nonetheless, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has finally opened. The Chairman of the mosque said during the opening ceremony that ‘today, Sunday, November 18th, marks the occasion of the opening of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. I don’t know if you can tell how truly proud I am to say that. It was a long and bumpy road, a journey like no other. It was rough’.
This victory is not only good for the Murfreesboro Muslim community, but also for America itself as the pluralist vision of the founding fathers defeated intolerance and bigotry.
Well-done to all who made this monumental event happen.
Read more about the opening ceremony here.