Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Murfreesboro Lawsuit Challenges Muslim Cemetery

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where opponents of an Islamic Center engaged in several years of high-profile litigation beginning in 2010 (see prior posting), a new lawsuit has been filed challenging county approval of a Muslim cemetery on a portion of the Islamic Center's property.  By a 3-2 vote, the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals in January approved the cemetery which will not use caskets or burial vaults.  According to the Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal, plaintiffs are attempting to require additional hearings, studies and permits before the cemetery can be approved. The case is being heard next week by the same trial court judge who ruled-- in a decision that was reversed by higher courts-- that inadequate public notice had been given before the mosque construction was approved.