We have an update in the case involving the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and their planned cemetery. Chancellor Robert Corlew has recused himself from hearing the suit about the cemetery. Corlew heard a previous case about the mosque in regards to the county not giving proper “Public Notice.”
The case surrounding the cemetery deals with worshipers at the mosque having a burial ground on their property. The burial site was approved by the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals several months ago in January. Plaintiffs want to stop the construction of the cemetery from being completed.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro noted on their website:
We are facing a fierce opposition to our constitutional rights and plans to build new facilities to accommodate our growing community needs, youth activities, children education, and outreach programs. The opposition was based on bigotry and hate towards Muslims and Islam, and it continues to place our small community under enormous pressure. The struggle has captured the national media's attention and CNN features it in a 1 hour documentary in March 2011 titles "Unwelcome".