Opponents of a proposed new mosque in Tennessee are going to have to wait a little while longer until a judge’s order halts the construction of a 52,000-square-foot facility in the community.
Rutherford County chancellor Robert Corlew ruled Tuesday that there was not enough public notice of the meeting when the site plan for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was approved in 2010. He ordered construction at the site halted until the Planning Commission can hold another meeting with sufficient public input. Despite the judge’s order, however, construction is continuing at the controversial mosque site.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore is president of Nashville-based Proclaiming Justice to the Nationsand a spokesman for the plaintiffs. She says a process must be followed before construction halts.
“The process requires that the plaintiffs’ attorneys must file an order based on Judge Corlew’s decision — [and] that order was filed,” she explains. “The county attorneys have as many as four days to respond. It could take as many as ten days before the order is issued.”
Cardoza-Moore expects that because of several factors, the Planning Commission will not wait too long before calling a new public hearing on the fate of the mosque.
“The county is going to be under a lot of pressure by the mosque to address this issue and deal with it immediately,” she offers. “But it’s going to be interesting because this is an election year — and the citizens are concerned about the impact that this training center is going to have on their community, and they’re not going to sit back quietly.”
Cardoza-Moore says she would not be surprised if that public meeting was called within the next 30 days.