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Construction Continues On Murfreesboro Mosque

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Construction continues on the Islamic mosque in Rutherford County in spite of a last ditch attempt to stop it.

On Tuesday, a Chancery Court judge sided with plaintiffs in the case. They are opposed to having the mosque in their neighborhood. Judge Robert Corlew's opinion said the results of a county planning commission meeting in 2010 were "void and of no effect".

The judge said the county did not give the public sufficient notice of the meeting. Plans for the mosque were approved at a meeting on May 24, 2010 and were only published in the Murfreesboro Post.

Plaintiffs' attorneys believe the ruling means construction on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must halt. On Wednesday, they filed an order that included an injunction to that effect. The order does not become final until signed by the judge, which could take up to 30 days.

The mosque is less than six weeks from completion, and Islamic leaders said construction will continue until they're told to stop.

"We are the victims here, but we are trying to continue to be reasonable. We will continue to do our part as we're supposed to do and I'm comfortable that with the protection of The Constitution this building will exist," said Ossama Bahloul , the Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

On Thursday, County Attorney Jim Cope said he will contest the order because he does not believe it accurately reflects the judge's ruling. Cope said he believes plaintiffs need to sue the mosque if they want to halt construction.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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