Judge Allows Building of Tenn. Mosque

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A judge has refused to stop the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. after some local residents tried to argue that there was a conspiracy by Muslims to impose extremist law on the United States.

On Wednesday, Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by residents who oppose the Islamic center.

The plantiffs claimed that county planners who approved the building made an error and that officials violated Tennessee's open meetings law.

Corlew ruled after closing arguments that he could not find that the "county acted illegally, arbitrarily or capriciously" in approving the plan.

Corlew said there was some concern about the public notice requirements and suggested county or state officials look at those requirements. But he said the court did not find that members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro adhered to extremist religious ideas.

Layla Hantouli, a 22-year-old Muslim woman, was glad the judge ruled against the mosque opponents.

"The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is not promoting anything violent or anything unlawful," she said.

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