Oct 18 2010
Obama Justice Department to force a mosque on Tennesseans where it is not wanted, thus living up to his promise after 9/11 when he said, “Should the political winds turn ugly, I will side with the Muslims.”
CNNThe U.S. Justice Department filed a legal brief Monday stating its support of the continued construction of a controversial mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that was targeted by arsonists in August.
In the friend-of-the-court brief — filed in response to a lawsuit brought by local landowners against Rutherford County, Tennessee — the department argued that practicing Islam is a freedom protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The mosque’s construction has provoked controversy in Murfreesboro, about 35 miles southeast of Nashville, and statewide.
In July, several hundred opponents of the mosque staged a march against the project. Some objected to Islam itself, carrying signs with slogans including “MOSQUE LEADERS SUPPORT KILLING CONVERTS,” while others opposed the project for environmental reasons.
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey publicly criticized the project during a speech in August.
“You could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, a cult, whatever you want to call it,” Ramsey, then a candidate for Tennessee governor, said at a rally.
A plywood sign announcing the new center was spray-painted “Not welcome” this year. Another sign went up, but vandals destroyed that, too.
Shortly after the August blaze, Camie Ayash, who is building the mosque with her husband, was standing at the site with other supporters. She and others heard gunshots and called the sheriff’s department. The Tennessean reported that moments after the shots, a vehicle drove by with its horn blasting “Dixie.”
“That was it for me,” Ayash said. “That really scared me.” (Then go away, you are not wanted there. Burn baby burn.)