TENNESSEE: Murfreesboro’s much-hated mega-mosque now facing court challenge against proposed cemetery

Plaintiffs opposed to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro graveyard approval seek a court order ‘to halt the construction of Muslim cemetery’ where corpses are buried in shrouds only without caskets.


DNJ  The plaintiffs will take their case about the ICM cemetery before Chancellor Robert Corlew III at 1 p.m March 24 at the Rutherford County Judicial Building. He’s the same judge who ruled by June 2012 that the county failed to provide adequate public notice before approving the ICM site plan May 24, 2010, to build a larger center on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike to replace a much smaller one on Middle Tennessee Boulevard near South Church Street.

Since then, higher state courts have over-ruled Corlew, but the plaintiffs in that case seek an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.


ICM board member Saleh Sbenaty questions a new group of plaintiffs seeking to stop his congregation from having a cemetery. “The county has already wasted $343,000 on this previous lawsuit, which is basically chasing ghosts,” said Sbenaty. “This is another lawsuit, which is following its predecessor. It’s witch hunting. It’s going to cost our taxpayers additional money that would be taken away from education, our law enforcement and other needed items for our county.” (Well worth it)

The plaintiffs in the ICM graveyard case are challenging the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals decision to approve the cemetery without caskets and burial vaults in a 3-2 vote in January. They contend that the BZA should not have taken action while the other plaintiffs are still hoping to appeal the case to the nation’s top court.

Muslim burial without casket
Muslim burial without casket could put rotting body bacteria into the water supply

They want Corlew to order the BZA “to conduct a sufficient hearing on the approval of the cemetery at issue giving adequate notice; requiring that all studies be performed as previously ordered by the Board; requiring the Board to require the necessary permits before the Board conducts a vote on the approval of the cemetery; and requiring that respondents obtain a valid site plan.”

Prior to approving the cemetery, the BZA in December deferred a decision on the cemetery and asked the ICM to bring back new studies on traffic to see the impact at the entrance on Veals Road and nearby Veals and Bradyville Pike, as well as a geotechnical report to see if the soils can handle the cemetery without caskets and vaults.

A word to the wise in America: Muslims in the UK embed themselves on local commissions and councils and rush votes through with no discussion.

h/t vladtepesblog.com via Creeping Sharia