Oct 23 2010
Mosque opponents target Shari’a law at hearing while linking the mosque to terrorist groups.
TENNESSEANWhat does Sharia law have to do with building a mosque near Murfreesboro? Everything, according to opponents of the mosque. Nothing, according to Rutherford County.
Day five of a hearing into whether to stop construction of an approved Islamic Center of Murfreesboro mosque continued with the opponents’ attorney trying to paint the project as a doorway to Islamic domination and tyrannical Shariah law in the United States. Attorney Joe Brandon Jr. called several witnesses on Thursday who tried to connect the Islamic Center to terrorism and plots to overthrow democracy.
The center has been trying to build a 52,000-square-foot MONSTER MOSQUE after outgrowing its current Murfreesboro site. The project was approved in May but has been on hold while Rutherford County Chancery Court hears the challenge.
Murfreesboro resident Jeanetta Alford was characteristic of Brandon’s approach in explaining her opposition to the mosque. She said she believes that the teaching of Islam violates the United States Constitution because it advocates beheadings, forced conversions and pedophilia. When asked if she would like to be rid of mosques in America, she responded, “That would be wonderful, probably.”
Rutherford County’s attorneys countered that there’s zero proof that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has broken any law.
“Has the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro beheaded anyone?” asked County Attorney James Cope. (Not yet. Give them time) “No, they have not,” Alford replied. Later, she said that the center wasn’t fully practicing Shariah law “because they can’t do it yet.”
There already is a monster mosque in Tennessee, how many more do they need?
Another witness, tech consultant Timothy Cummings, scoured the Internet for Brandon to find ties between the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and terror groups.
Much of his testimony surrounded Mosaad Rawash, who was suspended from the center after his MySpace page was found to have a photo of the leaders of Hamas, a group considered by the federal government to be a Palestinian terrorist group.
Other links he showed to the court purported to tie the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to Hamas and other terrorist groups.
Attorneys for Rutherford County objected throughout, saying Cummings couldn’t verify any of the information. Cummings himself acknowledged he had no idea who created the materials he found or whether any of it was true.
County attorneys were more interested in whether the process used to approve the mosque was flawed or illegal.
Frank Gaffney provides good insight: