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Another Middle Tennessee Mosque Faces Opposition

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(AP) MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Some Rutherford County residents are complaining about plans to build a 52,000-squre-foot mosque on Veals Road. 

The County Board of Commissioners will listen to comments from disgruntled residents. The County Planning Commission approved plans for the mosque last month. 

Opponents said the center is too large to be built in a residential and farming community, but supporters said the center is needed for Rutherford County's growing Muslim Population. 

Muslims hoping to build the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro feel the opposition is based on their religion. 

The meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Rutherford County Courthouse. 

Plans for a new mosque in nearby Brentwood were defeated last month after residents mounted a campaign against rezoning the property where it was to be built. Some insinuated that the Brentwood Muslims were linked to terrorists. 

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