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Tensions Rise In Murfreesboro Mosque Hearing

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The debate over the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro was back in a Rutherford County courtroom on Monday. Name calling and snide remarks could be heard from inside.

There was an added sense of urgency as construction of the new Islamic Center is about to begin. The parking lot is paved at the site of the proposed new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Veals Road.

It was the final step before they begin construction of the 52,000 square foot facility.

County attorneys said they have nothing to hide, but the debate became ugly.

Plaintiffs' attorney Joe Brandon compared county attorney Josh McCreary to Moammar Gadhafi.

Opponents argued the county failed to consider if the new mosque could be a new terrorist training facility and never should have approved the building permit.

They also believe they county has not released all the e-mails about how the decision was reached to allow construction.

"At a time when trust in government is at an all-time low our local government is operating in a clandestine manner," said Brandon.

"9,000 e-mails were turned over and second had 2,000 e-mails," responded McCreary.

Chancellor Robert Corlew tried to keep things civil. His clerk will now review all government emails to decide if they can be released.

However, the chancellor did not order a delay of mosque construction.

In May, Chancellor Corlew dismissed most of the complaints filed against the county.

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