NY to TN: Mosque Debate Heads South

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Backlash has continued over the recent decision to build a mosque in New York City, just down the street from Ground Zero. Now, further south in Tennessee, a similar debate is brewing.

Many residents in small-town Murfreesboro, Tenn., feel a 52,000-square-foot Islamic center set to be built near their homes was unfairly approved.

Opponents argue that a proposal for the mosque was never included in a public notice as done in the past with other construction plans.  

There's also concern over where funding for the mosque came from and individuals linked to the mosque who may have a connection to radical Islam.

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck is in Murfreesboro getting reaction from residents over the mosque.  Click play for his comments on what he's learned so far.

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Erick Stakelbeck

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Erick Stakelbeck is a sought after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, and print media. Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News.  Follow Erick on Twitter @Staks33.