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Judge grants Tenn. mosque's petition to open
Judge grants Tenn. mosque petition, orders county to move ahead with opening new building
By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A federal judge has ordered a Tennessee county to move ahead with opening a Muslim congregation's newly built mosque after a two-year fight by opponents.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro sued Rutherford County on Wednesday and asked District Judge Todd Campbell for an emergency order to let worshippers into the building before the holy month of Ramadan starts at sundown Thursday.

Federal prosecutors then stepped in with a similar lawsuit.

In May, a Rutherford County judge overturned the county's approval of the mosque construction. This month he ordered the county not to issue an occupancy permit for the 12,000-square-foot building.

Campbell ordered the county to move ahead on approving the mosque for use, although it wasn't immediately clear if that could happen by Thursday.

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