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FEDS: OPPOSING TENNESSEE MOSQUE COULD BE A CRIME
LA TIMES.com ^ | October 18, 2010|3:13 p.m. | Richard A. Serrano, Reporting from Washington

Posted on 10/18/2010 9:42:02 PM PDT by Cindy

SNIPPET: "Washington….The Obama administration, for the second time in two months, interjected itself Monday into an angry local dispute over a proposed Islamic center, warning local officials that opposing the mosque could violate the civil rights of its members and become a federal crime.

The Department of Justice filed court papers Monday in support of construction of a Murfreesboro, Tennessee mosque, saying local Muslims were protected by the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion and disputing opponents claims that Islam is not a valid religion."

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: bhoislamism; creepingsharia; creepingshariah; crushislam; democrat; democrats; doj; dojisajoke; ericholder; holder; impeachobama; islam; islamiccenter; islamofascism; liberalfascism; mosque; murfreesboro; muslims; obama; rutherford; rutherfordcounty; tennessee; tn
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1 posted on 10/18/2010 9:42:06 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

And just like that, poof! No more First Amendment!


2 posted on 10/18/2010 9:43:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway (You Must Be Proud, John McCain!)
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/October/10-crt-1162.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, October 18, 2010
Justice Department Files Brief in Support of Continued Construction of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Mosque

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division today filed an amicus brief in support of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., that has met with community opposition and a lawsuit.

The brief was filed in a state court action in which a group of Murfreesboro landowners are attempting to stop construction of the mosque. Rutherford County, Tenn., is the defendant in the civil case, and had granted permission for the construction of the mosque. The county is opposing the landowners’ attempt to stop construction.

The department’s brief argues that Islam is a religion entitled to protection under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and points out that, “consistent among all three branches of government, the United States has recognized Islam as a major world religion.” It also argues that mosques are places of religious worship, and that Rutherford County properly determined that it must treat the mosque project as it would other proposals for construction of places of worship.

“A mosque is quite plainly a place of worship, and the county rightly recognized that it had an obligation to treat mosques the same as churches, synagogue, or any other religious assemblies. This is not only common sense; it is required by federal law. The Justice Department is committed to protecting rights of Americans of all faiths to build places of worship and to worship in peace,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

“Although this is presently a local matter, the U. S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee vigorously support the decision of the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners in approving the site plans and authorizing construction of a mosque and Islamic center,” said U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin. “To suggest that Islam is not a religion is quite simply ridiculous. Each branch of the federal government has independently recognized Islam as one of the major religions of the world. As pointed out in our brief filed with the court, had the Rutherford County Government adopted the position the plaintiffs set forth, it would likely be in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2000.”

The department’s brief comes shortly after the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Religious Land Use or Institutionalized Persons act (RLUIPA) on Sept. 22, 2010. RLUIPA protects the rights of religious assemblies and institutions to be free from discrimination in the application of zoning and land-use laws. In the 10 years since its passage, RLUIPA has helped secure the ability of thousands of individuals and institutions to practice their faiths freely and without discrimination.

In the past 10 years, the department has opened 51 RLUIPA investigations, filed seven lawsuits under RLUIPA’s land-use provisions and participated in 40 privately filed lawsuits. More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.usdoj.gov/crt. Individuals who believe that they have been victims of discrimination can call the Discrimination Tip Line at 1-800-896-7743, or e-mail the Justice Department at fairhousing@usdoj.gov.


3 posted on 10/18/2010 9:45:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

What about laying out messages with Bacon or slices of Ham?? Is that still legal?? LOL


4 posted on 10/18/2010 9:45:52 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Cindy

Yep. Burn up that Constitution.

Obama said he would ban Koran burning “if he could.”

Hate speech is non-speech. Welcome to Orwell-land.


5 posted on 10/18/2010 9:45:52 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Cindy

If they have barred a Christian church from being rebuilt at Ground Zero, how is Christianity being treated equal?


6 posted on 10/18/2010 9:46:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway (You Must Be Proud, John McCain!)
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To: Cindy

Tyranny on the march!


7 posted on 10/18/2010 9:46:52 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Cindy

If this were a group of atheists protesting a Christian church, LSM would be slobbering all over the poor group of non-believers. ACLU would be showing up filing lawsuits.

Another disaster served up by the InJustice Department.


8 posted on 10/18/2010 9:47:48 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Cindy

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


9 posted on 10/18/2010 9:49:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: Cindy

I oppose the Mosque. Come and get me, copper!


10 posted on 10/18/2010 9:50:10 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Stimulus. 0bamaCare. Cap and Tax. 9/11 Victory Mosque. TARP. Amnesty. Summer of Recovery.)
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To: nickcarraway

People traded the Bill of Rights for a TV clicker.

The elites, Obama and their Saudi backers who control TV, including Fox, thank you all.


11 posted on 10/18/2010 9:51:35 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2593521/posts

#

http://www.wsmv.com/news/25098350/detail.html

“Islamic Center Spokeswoman Convicted Felon
Camie Ayash Jailed For Taking $300K From Employer”
POSTED: 9:14 am CDT September 21, 2010
UPDATED: 11:19 am CDT September 21, 2010

SNIPPET: “MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is a convicted felon.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Camie Ayash was jailed for about a year in 2006 for stealing more than $300,000 from a former employer.

Guidelines posted on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s website state that if a member is convicted of a felony, his or her membership in the mosque can be terminated.

Ayash said that rule does not apply to her, since she is on the board.”


12 posted on 10/18/2010 9:51:51 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

They say some of us gun nuts “worship guns.” Well, let’s see how the ObamaLogic(TM) stands up to the test of free exercise of religion in this context. In particular, we should have houses of worship in DC, as well as NYC and in a lot of other places.


13 posted on 10/18/2010 9:52:29 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Cindy

Isn’t the “Justice Department” the same government pinheads who sided with the southern invaders against Arizona? What’s going on here?


14 posted on 10/18/2010 9:54:08 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Public Servants Gone Wild".)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
The same DOJ who sided with these guys:


15 posted on 10/18/2010 9:57:44 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: HonestConservative; mware; malia; STARWISE; kristinn; Nachum; Biggirl; tiredoflaundry; ...

ping


16 posted on 10/18/2010 9:58:35 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray.)
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Previously...

http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/us-department-of-justice-visitors-tell-muslims-they-have-their-back-in-the-murfreesboro-mosque-dispute/Content?oid=1858119

October 07, 2010 NEWS » FEATURES

“U.S. Department of Justice visitors tell Muslims they have their back in the Murfreesboro mosque dispute”

Danger Zoning
by STEPHEN GEORGE

SNIPPET: “”Sharia law is jihad,” attorney Brandon told the Murfreesboro court last week. “We believe there is a direct connection to the ICM [Islamic Center of Murfreesboro]. Sharia says the U.S. Constitution is suitable for toilet paper.”

The Murfreesboro mosque’s worshippers, however, suggest that alarmist warnings about Sharia rule in Middle Tennessee are what should be printed on Charmin.

“It’s ridiculous,” says Kattih. “If you look at our members, we’re a system of government. Everything is done through certain government systems. Our congregation is less than 1 percent of the population in this area. How can we possibly impose anything on the government?”

Mohammad Ahmed Al-Sherif, imam of the Islamic Center of Nashville, says it is reassuring in a time of fear and anxiety for Middle Tennessee Muslims to have the fully expressed backing of the U.S. government.”


17 posted on 10/18/2010 9:58:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Does this mean we can now have prayer in school, public Nativity scenes and post the Ten Commandments in our courthouses?


18 posted on 10/18/2010 9:58:42 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: Cindy

Where was the feds when the separatist movement moved to Utah and Wyoming and that part of the world and the feds saw them as an enemy of the state and did every thing it could to bring them down? Now they say the muzzies have a right to do this and to do that and at the same time they are going after white people who oppose this government and have not committed any crimes.


19 posted on 10/18/2010 9:59:07 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: coloradan
"They say some of us gun nuts “worship guns.” "


20 posted on 10/18/2010 9:59:43 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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(Copy) - Document - Motion - ON THE INTERNET:
http://www.politico.com/static/PPM143_101018_estes_motion_25.html


21 posted on 10/18/2010 10:01:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL! I’ve never seen that patch before.


22 posted on 10/18/2010 10:06:26 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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http://www.wtsp.com/news/national/story.aspx?storyid=151661

“Murfreesboro mosque debate: U.S. Department of Justice says Islam is a religion”
Christopher Collette 12 hrs ago

SNIPPET: “The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is in the process of trying to build new worship facilities after outgrowing their Murfreesboro location. About 18 months ago, religious leaders there decided to develop land they bought at Veals Road and Bradyville Pike to host their new 10,000-square foot center, which would house worship services, receptions, classrooms, a gym and a pool. Outside, they hope to build sporting areas, a playground, a pavilion and a cemetery on the 15-acre site.”


23 posted on 10/18/2010 10:06:52 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

What reason do the objectors have for protesting this mosque’s construction?


24 posted on 10/18/2010 10:08:21 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: Cindy
"I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Barack Obama, p. 261, "The Audacity of Hope"

25 posted on 10/18/2010 10:09:16 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: monkeyshine
What reason do the objectors have for protesting this mosque’s construction?

It's a neo-Nazi political forward fire base established for the purposes of sedition, terrorism, and sociological destabilization.

Is that enough of an objection for you?


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

26 posted on 10/18/2010 10:14:31 PM PDT by The Comedian (Don't run. You'll just die tired.)
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To: Cindy

What Thomas Jefferson thought about Islam:

As Jefferson later reported to Secretary of State John Jay, and to the Congress:

The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.


27 posted on 10/18/2010 10:16:14 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Cindy

Interesting.

All those trumped up strawmen that the left dredges up about violations of the mythical separation of church/state and here is a crystal clear violation of the Constitution. Now where are the leftists to protest?


28 posted on 10/18/2010 10:17:19 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now)
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To: TigerClaws
Obama said he would ban Koran burning “if he could.”

Link, please. If true, that's very concerning. I'm sure you can understand my skepticism.
29 posted on 10/18/2010 10:21:15 PM PDT by aNYCguy
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To: rockrr

Interesting point. US gov says that Islam is NOT a political system.

That so?

http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2010/09/what-non-muslims-dont-like-about-islam.html


30 posted on 10/18/2010 10:24:19 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Cindy

Has the Obama administration (ever) supported a Church?

Ever?

Anywhere? For any reason?


31 posted on 10/18/2010 10:42:36 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (GOP establishment are dinosaurs. Tea Party is a great big asteroid...)
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To: Cindy
"the United States has recognized Islam as a major world religion.”

They have also done so with...Scientology. That should be brought up in court.

32 posted on 10/18/2010 10:50:11 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: Cindy
The department’s brief comes shortly after the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Religious Land Use or Institutionalized Persons act (RLUIPA) on Sept. 22, 2010. RLUIPA protects the rights of religious assemblies and institutions to be free from discrimination in the application of zoning and land-use laws.

Uh, doesn't that violate the 1st Amendment for the Feds to play referee with religious groups' attempts to gain zoning approval?

33 posted on 10/18/2010 10:54:19 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: Cindy
Yeah, free speech. Right


34 posted on 10/18/2010 11:07:00 PM PDT by wastedyears (Know this, I will return to this land... rebuild where the ruins did stand)
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To: Cindy
I oppose the mosque in Tennesee.

Bring it, Holder.

35 posted on 10/18/2010 11:07:46 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Cindy

There is a Muslim fraud in the White House!


36 posted on 10/18/2010 11:11:07 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: jakerobins

I favor flyovers with air bursts of pork rinds!


37 posted on 10/18/2010 11:33:07 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!

I am so stealing that.


38 posted on 10/18/2010 11:49:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"They say some of us gun nuts “worship guns.”


39 posted on 10/19/2010 12:02:37 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: The Comedian

Don’t forget, they like TV clickers too....


40 posted on 10/19/2010 12:06:06 AM PDT by onona (dbada)
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To: monkeyshine

“If you don’t know now, you will probily never know.” Maybe some just don’t want to know!

Islam, the very root and heart of Islam, is to destroy anyone and any nation that does not submit to Islam!


41 posted on 10/19/2010 12:52:50 AM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: Cindy

I had no opinion on the Tennessee mosque before. Now I oppose it!


42 posted on 10/19/2010 1:00:46 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye

I like your tagline and have wanted to know the answer also. I suspect SOROS.


43 posted on 10/19/2010 3:07:03 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: Joe 6-pack

W.W.J.S.? .45acp?


44 posted on 10/19/2010 3:11:11 AM PDT by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling "Allah Snackbar")
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To: Cindy

Follow the money
Such a huge mosque can only be built with mostly foreign funds
Proving it is a forward base of operation, colonization and conquest

The town objects because this mosque will be a magnet for Muslims to move there and the land and buildings will be tax exempt


45 posted on 10/19/2010 3:17:57 AM PDT by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confuscius.)
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To: Cindy

We could very well end up in a second bloody revolution if we lose the Consitution.


46 posted on 10/19/2010 3:26:47 AM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!! :)=^..^=)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“What’s going on here?”
Treason.


47 posted on 10/19/2010 3:27:09 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“What’s going on here?”
Treason.


48 posted on 10/19/2010 3:27:40 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: Cindy

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same,
or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children
and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
"
President Ronald Reagan


49 posted on 10/19/2010 3:59:13 AM PDT by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: Cindy

There should be a call for anyone willing to protest to join ranks and armed with a Koran encircle the site and start burning away.

Call up for thousands of dog owners to allow their best friends to do their duty.

The bottom line is this, its being guarded by powers from the POTUS, what power WE have is the knowledge that he failed to qualify.Obama has no legal authority protecting Islam in the USA.

I don’t see a problem protesting this mosque being built.The more the Feds try to stop the people the more people will protest.


50 posted on 10/19/2010 4:07:29 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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