Opening day for a Tennessee mosque after 2-year court battle by opponents trying to stop it
""We are here 30 years and I never had a problem with the people here," said Safaa Fathy, a member of the mosque’s board of directors. "It only started two years ago."
"That’s when the Islamic centre received permission to construct a new mosque to replace their overcrowded space in an office park. Since then they have had to deal with public protests, vandalism, arson of a construction vehicle and a bomb threat. Opponents of the project held a protest rally and then sued the county to stop construction.
"Their attorneys claimed in court that Islam was not a real religion deserving of freedoms protected under First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They also claimed that local Muslims were part of a plot to overthrow the U.S. constitution and replace it with Islamic law."
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