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Trial Begins In Suit Against Proposed Tennessee Mosque

Opponents of a proposed new mosque in Tennessee will get to make their arguments at trial.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Opponents of a proposed new mosque in Tennessee will get to make their arguments at trial.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that the Rutherford County planning commission didn't adequately notify the public about the meeting in May 2010 when they approved the mosque plan. They want that meeting voided and the approval rescinded.

In previous hearings, the plaintiffs have repeatedly raised wider objections to the mosque, claiming that Islam is not a religion and that the mosque poses a threat to its neighbors.

A judge plans to hear arguments Wednesday afternoon.

The proposed mosque is one of a few Muslim projects that hit a swell of conservative opposition around the same time as the controversy over a plan to build a Muslim community center near New York's ground zero.

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