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Judge's ruling stops construction of Tennessee mosque, finding public didn't get enough notice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ' A judge in Tennessee has ruled that the public wasn't properly notified about a meeting on a proposed mosque, meaning its construction will be stopped.
Chancellor Robert Corlew's Tuesday ruling tosses out the Rutherford County Planning Commission's approval of the mosque's site plan in a May 2010 meeting.
Corlew notes that his opinion does not stop the commission from approving the mosque site plan again. Construction of the mosque is well under way.
Mosque opponents have fought construction for two years, arguing that Islam is not a real religion deserving First Amendment protections and that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has terrorist ties.
The judge dismissed those allegations but held a trial on the narrower claim that the public meeting law was violated.