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High Cost Of Security Could Slow Mosque Construction

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A lawsuit challenging plans for a new mosque in Murfreesboro is on hold, but it's the high cost of security that could actually slow construction at the site.

"Some members of the mosque came and asked 'are we safe or not?'" said Imam Ossama, leader of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

This comes after someone set fire to excavation equipment at the site over the summer. The Imam is also concerned about some strong testimony during the current trial criticizing Islam.

"Some parents expressed concern that in court people talked about bad Muslims and someone could act out on that," said the Imam. 

He fears the allegations in court could incite violence.

For that reason, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is spending $5,000 a month on a private company to provide security at the construction site.  That's money the Imam said could go toward construction. Murfreesboro Police and Rutherford County Sheriff's department have also increased patrols.

The Imam said the site is now graded and they've applied for the proper building permits.  But the high cost of security will tighten the budget for construction. That could possibly slow the process,  but he's hopeful with continuing donations, they will remain on schedule.

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