Islam is a Religion, Not a Terror Ideology

Opponents of an Islamic community center and mosque planned to be built near ground zero say it would desecrate hallowed ground. But suspicion has greeted proposed mosque projects in places less hallowed than ground zero — in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Temecula, California; and elsewhere.
This suggests that opposition to mosques is not driven only by sensitivity to the memory of terrorism victims, but also by a growing unease toward Islam, fueled by security fears.

Middle Tennessee City Divided over Proposed Islamic Center

By Mark Morgenstein

A proposed mosque and Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is dividing the city about 35 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Residents are battling about whether the center should exist, and if not, why not. Proponents of the mosque allege the opponents are displaying religious intolerance, while people fighting the mosque say zoning concerns and worries about Islamic radicalism are their chief concerns.

Middle Tennessee City Divided over Proposed Islamic Center

By Mark Morgenstein

A proposed mosque and Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is dividing the city about 35 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Residents are battling about whether the center should exist, and if not, why not. Proponents of the mosque allege the opponents are displaying religious intolerance, while people fighting the mosque say zoning concerns and worries about Islamic radicalism are their chief concerns.

Murfreesboro Islamic Center Hosts Open House to Open Minds

June 26, 2010

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro opened it doors Saturday night to anyone who wanted to learn more about them. The center has out grown its current home on Middle Tennessee Blvd. They plan to build a new 52,000 square foot mosque on Veals Road. The plan meeting some serious opposition. People like George Erdel, who claims to have studied the religion for 11 years, believes Islam isn’t a religion, but rather a political movement.

Murfreesboro Islamic Center Hosts Open House to Open Minds

June 26, 2010

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro opened it doors Saturday night to anyone who wanted to learn more about them. The center has out grown its current home on Middle Tennessee Blvd. They plan to build a new 52,000 square foot mosque on Veals Road. The plan meeting some serious opposition. People like George Erdel, who claims to have studied the religion for 11 years, believes Islam isn’t a religion, but rather a political movement.

A Tennessee Republican Candidate Denounces Murfreesboro Mosque Proposal

By TRAVIS LOLLER

A Tennessee Republican candidate for Congress says plans to build a mosque in a Nashville suburb pose a threat to her state’s moral and political foundation. In a Thursday evening statement, 6th District candidate Lou Ann Zelenik said she stands with those who oppose building what she calls “an Islamic training center.” She says the center is not part of a religious movement, but a political one “designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee.”

Murfreesboro Mosque Debate Turns Ugly

Hugh Kramer

Murfreesboro is a growing little city of 100,000 people about 30 miles southeast of Nashville in Tennessee. Since 1997 it had a mosque and Islamic Center that serves the needs of Muslims in five counties. Like Murfreesboro, this community is growing too and in January, the Islamic Center announced it was planning to build a new, larger facility on land it had purchased along the Bradyville Pike at Veals Road. And that’s when things first got ugly.