Pamela Geller Gets Murfreesboro Mosque Story Wrong
by Sheila Musaji
Pamela Geller has published two stories which get the facts of what is happening in Murfreesboro, Tennessee wrong. Her partner, Robert Spencer simply expresses his annoyance.
What was the judge’s decision?
According to Commercial Appeal
Opponents of a mosque being built in Tennessee got the government decision that approved it overturned Friday, but they lost their bid to stop construction immediately.
Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew states in a written order that the approval is void because it violated Tennessee’s Open Meetings Act. He ruled that the county didn’t give the public adequate notice of what has become a contentious issue.
The order prohibits further planning meetings on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro without proper notice. But the decision also says that if the mosque opponents want to halt construction, they must begin a new court action. The construction has been ongoing during the year-and-a-half court case.
The fact that the same judge filed another order on Friday making clear that opponents of the mosque will need to file a separate motion to get the construction to stop was also noted by the Columbus Telegram, and many other news sources.
The Nashville Business Journal reports that Mosque officials said Tuesday they will continue construction unless and until county officials order work to stop.
Joe Brandon Jr., one of the attorneys for the mosque opponents, said he believes the ruling means construction on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must halt. On Wednesday, Brandon filed an order with the court that included an injunction to that effect. The order does not become final until signed by the judge.
On Thursday, County Attorney Jim Cope said he will contest the order because he does not believe it accurately reflects the judge’s ruling.
“The judge didn’t mention an injunction,” Cope said. “If (Brandon) wants an injunction, he needs to bring a lawsuit against the mosque.” The lawsuit named county boards and officials as defendants, but not the Islamic center.
Cope said he plans to file his objection to Brandon’s order, along with a competing order, before the weekend. The judge can then choose to sign one of the orders, write his own order or hold a hearing to resolve the issue.
Cope said the county has not yet decided whether it will appeal the judge’s ruling that officials provided insufficient public notice for the May 2010 Planning Commission meeting where the mosque was approved.
I agree with Paul Erland’s comment that The judge, Chancellor Robert Corlew, ruled last September that The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, in existence for a decade, had the right to expand, under Rutherford County’s current land-use laws. But he added that some of those laws were “in dire need of revision.” In other words, the law is the law, but some laws being less to our liking than others, we can always dig up some technicality to get around them.
What was the Bomb threat to the courthouse?
There were two bomb threats in Rutherford County during the same week. One to the Social Security Office and one to the County Courthouse.
The Murfreesboro Post reports that there has been an arrest in the Social Security Office threat
Brian S. Bottoms Sr., who had an active warrant for failing to appear in Dickson County General Sessions Court on one count of driving with a revoked license, was arrested soon after local and federal authorities arrived at the scene. Spencer Huck, who is the eldest of Bottoms’ sons, told the media his father allegedly threatened to “cause some destruction” after his Social Security assistance was canceled.
At the time of his arrest, Bottoms was on the domestic terrorist watch list for undisclosed reasons, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report. Although authorities have not said why he is classified as a potential risk to national security, court documents show Bottoms was arrested in 1995 in connection with a kidnapping plot, which culminated with federal agents seizing pipe bombs and other related materials at his Nashville residence.
The investigation into the alleged Social Security Administration bomb threat has since been taken over by officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department
... On Thursday, the Rutherford County Judicial Building was evacuated after an unidentified man threatened to bomb the courthouse, as well as kill Circuit Court Judge Don R. Ash. However, officials have not said whether they believe the two incidents are related.
Law enforcement is investigating, but this is all the information that is currently publicly available. The man arrested for one of the bomb threats is not in any way connected with the mosque. Whether or not the two threats are related is not known at this time.
What is the Islamophobic spin on what happened?
Pamela Geller published an article Islamic Center of Murfreesboro defies court order Opponents file injunction to stop construction in which she says:
Despite a court ruling, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is defying the chancellor’s order and working furiously to build the mega-mosque in Murffreesboro. In spite of recent bomb threats made to the Chancellor’s courthouse, opponents have filed an injunction to stop construction.
On May 31, a Tennessee judge ruled that construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must stop because the county government failed to give adequate public notice of the plans. Chancellor Robert Corlew issued his opinion that plans for the mosque approved by the Rutherford County Planning Commission are “void and of no effect.”
Despite this ruling, Islamic supremacists behind the Murfreesboro are defying American law and continue to build at a more furious pace, once again demonstrating their contempt for American jurisprudence and adherence to the sharia. This is an Islamic pattern. We saw this same contempt for American law when Islamic supremacists behind the Muslim Brotherhood rabat in Sheepshead Bay violated court orders to halt construction of the mega mosque on quiet, residential Voorhies Street. And just as in Brooklyn, city dhimmi city officials refuse to enforce the law. In Murfreesboro, David Jones, Director of Building Codes Enforcement, has continued to state “no comment,” but has refused to issue a stop work order. Who’s greasing his dirty palm?
Pamela Geller connects this bomb threat to the Muslim community in an article titled Bomb Threat made against courthouse after ruling against Mufreesboro mega-mosque. She says:
Who decides what’s news and what’s not? Who decides? Did you know there was a bomb threat made to the courthouse just days after the ruling was entered to stop construction of the Mufreesboro mega-mosque? Related? perhaps. If a bomb threat had been made to the Murfreesboro mosque, the American people would have been beaten to a pulp with it. Who decides which bomb threat is newsworthy?
The day after a Tennessee judge ruled to halt construction on the mega mosque going up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Rutherford County judicial building was evacuated due to a bomb threat. A search of the building was conducted while officials blocked off the street and the area surrounding the building.
Robert Spencer published an article Judge voids Tennessee mega-mosque approval but doesn’t stop construction. The title shows that he at least got one of the facts right. But, he is not pleased “It looks as if this judge is trying to play both sides and please everyone. He will more likely end up pleasing no one. Freedom fighters will see his half-measures as more dhimmi impotence, and Islamic supremacists will grow exasperated with even the paper impediments he puts in front of their plans.”
What is the reality of what happened?
The judge did not rule “that construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must stop”. “Islamic supremacists” are not “defying the chancellor’s order” or “defying American law” or “demonstrating their contempt for American jurisprudence”.
The judge’s decision also says that if the mosque opponents want to halt construction, they must begin a new court action and file a separate motion to get the construction to stop. Opponents of the mosque have filed such a motion, and a counter motion is being filed. Any order to stop construction does not become final until signed by the judge. The judge can choose to sign one of the orders, write his own order or hold a hearing to resolve the issue. In the meantime, as the legal wrangling continues, Mosque officials said they will continue construction unless and until county officials order work to stop.
There was not one bomb threat, there were two. At this point there is no information or evidence that connects either of these threats to anyone in the Muslim community, or with the mosque controversy. The fact that these threats happened in the same week as the court ruling is not proof of anything.
American Muslims are working within the law to build a house of worship. Some of their fellow citizens are opposed to that idea. The First Amendment of the Constitution protects the rights of Muslims and all others to religious freedom.
Wendy Kaminer sums up the arguments that have been made to date against the mosque construction
Mosque opponents effectively “put Islam on trial,” KATV reports. At 2010 hearings, “a string of witnesses questioned whether Islam is a legitimate religion and promoted a theory that American Muslims want to replace the Constitution with extremist Islamic law and the mosque was a part of that plot.”
These are not arguments; they’re fantasies, and we have heard them all before, often from the same people who would conform constitutional rights (notably rights for gay people and women) to their understanding of biblical law. Still, the ignorance and un-self-conscious hypocrisy that underlies rants about Shariah law are breathtaking.
Here’s how Joe Brandon, the plaintiff’s attorney in the Tennessee case, explains opposition to the mosque: “This Shariah-compliant facility must show they are a religious organization, which we vehemently dispute. They are a political organization with Shariah-compliant rules and regulations. Shariah and the U.S. Constitution cannot coexist.”
Yes, I know Brandon is an easy target; still, his statement is worth considering. Shariah law is religious law, but because it is the law of a demonized religion associated with terrorism and anti-Americanism, Brandon can label it political, depriving it of First Amendment protections. I don’t assume this is a cynical ploy. Blinded by bigotry and their notions of “true” and “false” religions, Islamaphobes may be sincere in the counter-factual belief that Islam is purely political.
That belief is essential to the claim that Shariah law can’t be tolerated because it conflicts with the Constitution. Once you acknowledge that Islam is a religion and Shariah law is religious, its conflicts with secular law become arguments for, not against, religious liberty. Of course, Shariah law is inconsistent with the Constitution. So are the tenets of Catholicism, Judaism (especially orthodox Judaism), and most if not all other faiths. Indeed, lawsuits by Catholic institutions challenging health insurance requirements for contraceptive coverage rely on the alleged impossibility of reconciling Catholic articles of faith with secular legal requirements.
Religious and secular laws often conflict; that’s precisely why we have a First Amendment. It provides a legal framework for ensuring that religion and government can “co-exist.” If religious law were categorically subordinate to the Constitution (as Joe Brandon imagines Shariah law should be), then the Catholic Church would be required to ordain women, Orthodox Jews would have to sit together in shul, and religious groups that oppose gay marriages would be required to perform them. ...
The reality of what happened, and the Islamophobic spin and [url=http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pamela-gellers-tenuous-grasp-of-the-concept-of-truth-telling]outright liesrl] about what happened are to be expected, and standard operating procedure from “truth tellers” like Geller. Geller likes to say that “truth is the new hate speech” but the reality is that “hate speech is the same old hate speech”.
Geller is nothing if not determined. Today she posted an articleon WND Mega Mosque leaders defy the law. She continues spewing the same nonsense without a shred of evidence, and presents this rehash as if it is a “new” article.
Curiously, in this article she includes this statement Was the bomb threat related to the ruling? Perhaps – but we will probably never know, because local “journalists” aren’t making any effort to find out. They clearly don’t think it’s news. Local journalists are not charged with doing the job of law enforcement as far as I know.
The Rutherford County Commission voted 15-6 Thursday night to appeal a court ruling that voided approval of a mosque. The county’s Regional Planning Commission, which voted to accept the ICM’s long-term site plans for a 52,960-square-foot center, also voted 6-1 Monday to appeal Corlew’s ruling. Islamophobia Watch
As Pamela Geller said in her original incorrect article If a bomb threat had been made to the Murfreesboro mosque, the American people would have been beaten to a pulp with it. Who decides which bomb threat is newsworthy?
Well, the Muslim community had reported such a bomb threat, and it was investigated by law enforcement, and this week
A federal grand jury on Thursday charged 24-year-old Texas resident Javier Alan Correa with violating the civil rights of members of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. mosque that has been the target of previous anti-Muslim attacks.
Correa is charged with “intentionally obstructing by threat of force the free exercise of religious beliefs and one count of using an instrument of interstate commerce to communicate a threat to destroy a building by means of an explosive device,” the feds said in a press release.
This wasn’t a fake hate crime and the perpetrator wasn’t a Muslim.
An apology is owed by Pamela Geller, but I doubt it will be forthcoming.
Background on Geller and her fellow Islamophobes for additional understanding:
For Geller, and her partner Robert Spencer and the rest of their Islamophobic cohorts, anything that Muslims do is suspect. Islamophobes have a problem with Muslims doing anything at all. Anytime a Muslim steps outside their house, and they find out about it, it is likely to be turned into a sensational story. Geller may be the loudest and the shrillest, but she isn’t alone in her demonization of Muslims.
Here are just a few ridiculous claims about nonsensical Muslim plots fabricated by these Islamophobes:
An Eid Celebration for Muslim Special Needs Kids was described as a “stealth jihad”. A children’s page in a newspaper focusing on Eid was described as a toxic propaganda plot, A Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall and this was described as “vehicular jihad”. A Muslim cab driver objected to what he considered pornographic ads on the roof of his cab, and that became a stealth-jihad plot to impose Sharia on America. Any Muslim who has sued an employer for violation of their rights under the EEOC is engaged in employment jihad, or litigation jihad. Muslim environmentalists are said to be actually engaged in “civilizational jihad”. A cartoon series “The 99” aimed at young Muslims was described as “cultural jihad”. The victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 included Muslims, they were accused of dying as martyrs in an act of jihad.
The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” Muslim jihad plots. They have uncovered: bumper sticker jihad, Thanksgiving turkey jihad, an incredible paisley scarf jihad, marriage to important men jihad, spit jihad, fashion jihad, spelling bee jihad, rape jihad, defacing dollar bills jihad, population jihad, creeping Sharia jihad, mosque building jihad, terror baby jihad, “creeping Sharia” jihad, pedophilia jihad, bus driver prayer jihad, forehead bruise jihad, postage stamp jihad, soup jihad, banning alcohol jihad, fake hate crimes jihad, piggy bank jihad, tv reality series jihad, handshake jihad, prom jihad, interfaith jihad, Arabic language jihad, public school jihad, religious accommodation jihad, Crescent moon jihad, Christmas tree tax jihad, oath of office jihad, immigration jihad, community fundraiser jihad. Christina Abraham (a Muslim) has a name that is not recognizably Muslim enough and so we have stealth name jihad.
You get the idea, these folks are stark raving mad!
And these lunatics are the folks who regularly bring you some item of bigoted propaganda stating some “fact” that everyone “knows” about Islam or Muslims which are all, quite simply, not facts at all. These are claims that have no basis in fact, but are repeated over and over until most people just accept them as true. They become memes and are transmitted like a virus from person to person. You can find responses to hundreds of such claims here. You can also click on any of the links included in this list of commonly repeated claims in our WHAT EVERYONE “KNOWS” collection of false claims, and you will find an article that explains why that claim is false.
The most commonly repeated false claims about Muslims and Islam are that:
Everyone “knows” that most or all terrorists are Muslims, and there are no Christian and no Jewish terrorists (or terrorists of any other religious stripe), and that Muslims are all militant, inherently violent, more likely to engage in violence against civilians, and more likely than other Americans to be radicalized.
Everyone “knows” that Muslims are not interested in dialogue. That Muslims don’t help Christians in need. That Muslims can’t have Christians as friends, and are anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, and intolerant of other faiths.
Everyone “knows” that Muslims don’t unequivocally denounce terrorism, that American Muslim leaders have not responded to radicalization in their community, that mosques are the source of radicalization, that 85% of mosques are run by radicals, that Muslims don’t cooperate with law enforcement.
Everyone “knows” that Muslims are not equivalent to real Americans, that they are the enemy within, and a fifth column, that good Muslims can’t be good Americans, that Muslims are not loyal to America, that they are not a part of our American heritage,
Everyone “knows” that Islam itself is the problem and makes Muslims “backward”, that Muslims have made no contribution to the West, that Islam is “of the devil”, a Crescent menace, a “green peril”, that was spread by the sword, an “evil encroaching on the United States”, and not a religion.
Everyone “knows” that this is a Christian nation, which the Muslims are trying to take over, starting with getting an Eid stamp which is the first step towards shariah law which is a threat to America, and a threat to our judicial system, by purposefully having more children than others to increase their numbers, and they will be the majority in this country in 20 years. Muslims are a threat to America
Everyone “knows” that the Muslims’ goal is world domination under a Caliphate, and the proposed Cordoba House in NYC is a demonstration of supremacism and triumphalism, and that Muslims planned to open it on the anniversary of 9/11.
Everyone “knows” that Islam is a monolith and all Muslims are the same, like the “Borg”. This means that every act committed by an individual who is a Muslim is directly attributable to Islam, and never because the individual is crazy, criminal, or perverted.
The problem is that what “everyone knows” is wrong. These self-righteous and incorrect statements are usually followed by a demand that the Muslim community do something about whatever is the false flag of the day or face the inevitable consequences.
In addition to these “everyone knows” statements of demonization and misrepresentation, there is also a whole industry of simply connecting with Islam or Muslims with any negative idea, event, or societal trend (even when there is no sane connection to make). These I think of as “Through the Looking Glass” claims.
For example, lots of “news” items never happened, or are simply not true.
— Arabs didn’t celebrate 9/11 at a Dunkin Donuts in New Jersey.
— Budweiser did not pull all its product from the shelves of a convenience store where there was celebration of the terrorist attacks - this never happened.
— The Muslim statement of faith (Shahada) is not an expression of hate.
— An American Missionary in Africa didn’t face possible murder charges and hanging because of a traffic accident.
— There is no verse of the Qur’an on “The Wrath of the Eagle”.
— The supposed bomb threat made by an Arizona student that led to an evacuation of the school was a hoax by non-Muslim students.
— The story that Iran was considering forcing Jews to wear a yellow star appeared in several publications and it was totally false.
— The story that Iran was going to attack the U.S. and/or Israel with nuclear weapons on August 22, 2006 was a lie.
— The slaying of the New Jersey Coptic family was falsely charged to Muslims.
— The story about the British banks banning piggy banks so as not to offend Muslims never happened.
— Muslims are not more likely to support terrorism and violence than Christians or Jews.
— Muslims did not destroy the Library of Alexandria.
— Nurses in Britain were not “ordered to drop everything and turn Muslims’ beds toward Mecca five times daily”.
— There is no Muslim sword through the 41-cents mark on the U.S. Eid stamp.
— Sirhan Sirhan is a Christian, not a Muslim.
— The Virginia Tech massacre had no connection with Islam.
— The University of Oklahoma bombing had no connection with Islam.
— A bus driver in Britain didn’t tell passengers to get off the bus so he could pray.
— Rachel Ray’s Paisley scarf is not a symbol of “murderous Palestinian Jihad” (and neither is a Keffiyah).
— A Muslim student in Florida did not refuse to stand for the pledge of allegiance.
— There were no Muslims acting suspiciously on Air Tran flight 297.
— Wearing a tee-shirt with Arabic writing on it does not make a person dangerous.
— A Madrassah is simply a school.
— The zebibah (prayer bruise) on some Muslims foreheads is not a sign of a “commitment to jihad”.
— There is no “spit jihad”
— There is no hijabi employment jihad
— There is no Muslim “marriage to important men” jihad plot
— Jihad is not terrorism.
— Ashura is not a “Muslim blood festival”.
— Muslims are not forbidden to have non-Muslims as friends.
— The Shahada (declaration of faith) is not an “expression of hate” that is “closely identified” with terrorism.
— The Nuclear Security Summit logo is an atom on a circular path, not an Islamic symbol.
— The U.S. Missile Defense Logo is not evidence of ‘Submission To Shariah’, and neither is the Flight 93 memorial.
— The Google Veteran’s Day logo doesn’t display a secret Muslim agenda.
— Muslims also died on 9/11.
— Barack Obama is not a Muslim, but so what if he was?
— Mattel is not promoting Sharia with a subversive doll that supposedly says “Islam is the light”.
— The Hamas “child bride” incident was nothing of the sort.
— The best buy Happy Eid statement on an ad was not a subversive attempt to “water down” American holidays
— The “Muslim plot” to kill the Pope never happened
—The story about a flight from London to Malta being stopped because a Muslim man was praying in the aisle was a lie
— Five American Muslim soldiers never plotted to poison their fellow soldiers.
— There is no devious Muslim plot to groom attractive Muslim women to marry important men or politicians - an Islamic/socialist/left wing plot to advance a pro-Muslim Agenda and take over America.
— Straight prayer lines, beards, hijabs, gender segregation during prayers, wearing a watch on your right hand, wearing “non-western” clothing, etc. are not “Sharia adherent behaviors” that might correlate with the promotion of violence.
— Muslim environmentalists are not part of a sinister plot to colonize the west.
— All of the rapes Oslo, Norway over the past three years were not “committed by Muslim immigrants using rape as a weapon of cultural terrorism”.
— There was no Muslim plot hatched in an on-line forum to attack British Jews over Israel’s actions in Gaza, and there was no “Islamist” named Abu Islam making these fake postings.
—Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazd did not justify and provide Islamic guidelines for the raping of prisoners. The story was a lie.
— Keith Ellison’s use of the Qur’an in the photo op after his swearing in was not “undermining American culture”
—There is no Muslim scholar named Sheikh Haron, and everything he does or says as a supposed member of the Muslim community is a lie.
—Muslims do not block New York streets to pray every Friday.
—There is no plot to have terrorist babies born in the U.S.
—Stephen Coughlin, a Pentagon anti-terrorism specialist was not ousted because his superiors thought he was too critical of Islam
—The Holocaust museum shooting had nothing to do with Islam.
— Anders Breivik’s terrible massacre in Norway was not “a jihad” or even commited by a Muslim
— The word Slav does not come from the word for slave and has nothing to do with Islam. Slavery is not only a Muslim problem.
— There is no Muslim vehicular jihad plot
— All rapes in Norway have not been committed by Muslims (not even most)
— Whole Foods offering halal products during Ramadan was not “shilling for jihadist interests”
— There is no plot by Muslim cabdrivers in New York City to impose Sharia on America
— Muslims are not more likely than non-Muslims to approve of violence against civilians (PEW poll)
— Muslims are not intolerant of other faiths (Gallup poll)
— Claims about Muslim inferiority due to “inbreeding” are racist and a misrepresentation of the issue
— The photo of a Yemeni passenger on the Mavi Marmara holding a dagger was totally misrepresented
— There was no assassination attempt on an EDL leader in Britain
— Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf did not make a comment blaming “the Jews” for 9-11
— “Islamophobia” is not an “attempt to silence freedom of speech”
— There was no Muslim Thanksgiving turkey “stealth jihad” plot
— The ridiculous complaints about crosses at Catholic University were not made by Muslims
— The White House Iftar was not a “ghoulish” or “disgraceful” attempt to appease Muslims
— Muslims don’t hate dogs
— Muslim handshaking customs are not an attempt to force Sharia on others.
— The tragic Belgian massacre by Nordine Amrani was not a “jihad” attack and Amrani wasn’t a Muslim
— The Hollywood shooter, Tyler Brehm was not a Muslim
— An Eid party for Muslim special needs kids was not any sort of “stealth jihad”
— Requesting reasonable religious accommodation in the public sphere is not “creeping Sharia”.
— Muslim students did not “target Jewish students” with eviction notices at a Florida University.
— A spelling bee for students at Muslim schools was not an example of the inability of Muslims to integrate.
There is a reason that many outside of the Muslim community see such demonization of Muslims as Islamophobic. There is a reason that the ADL (A Jewish anti-defamation group) has said that Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) is a “group that promotes an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”. There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group, and that they are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle. There is a reason that Geller and Spencer are featured prominently in the Center for American Progress “Fear Inc.” report on the Islamophobia network in America. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security. There is a reason that the SIOA’s trademark patent was denied by the U.S. government due to its anti-Muslim nature. There is a reason that they are featured in our TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry. There is a reason that Geller is featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
These people consistently promote the what everyone “knows” lies about Islam and Muslims. They generalize specific incidents to reflect on all Muslims or all of Islam. When they are caught in the act of making up or distorting claims they engage in devious methods to attempt to conceal the evidence.
The claim that “truth tellers” are being accused of Islamophobia for no reason other than their legitimate concerns about real issues and that in fact there is not even such a thing as Islamophobia is nonsense. The further claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews also proves that Islamophobia doesn’t exist is more nonsense.
The reason that this is so obvious to so many is that rational people can tell the difference between legitimate concerns and bigoted stereotypes. The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, and it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism.
Islam Is a Religion, and Therefore Protected by the Constitution, Wendy Kaminer http://www.nationaljournal.com/thenextamerica/politics/islam-is-a-religion-and-therefore-protected-by-the-constitution-20120604
Tennessee Ruling against Mosque Construction is a Ruling against Religious Freedom Across America, MPAC http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/tennessee-ruling-against-mosque-construction-is-a-ruling-against-religious/0019156