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State Seeks To Dismiss Mosque Discrimination Suit

Posted at 11:59 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 12:59:25-05

The state has been seeking to dismiss a lawsuit in which the Islamic Center of Nashville said it was unfairly denied a tax exemption.

The center argued in a September federal lawsuit that its Nashville International Academy school was disqualified from a religious tax exemption because the center followed its religious beliefs in a banking deal. The center was billed more than $87,000 in past-due taxes as a result.

In a recent court filing, reports stated Tennessee Attorney General Senior Counsel Mary Ellen Knack has argued the lawsuit relates to a state tax law and thus should be brought in state court, not federal court.

At issue was a banking agreement the center struck to pay for the construction of a new school building in 2008 without interest.