Judge Says Tennessee Mosque Construction Can Continue

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order to stop construction at the site of a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro.

Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew said after closing arguments on Wednesday that he could not find that the "county acted illegally, arbitrarily or capriciously," when county planners approved the site plan for an Islamic center.

The lawsuit claimed that the Tennessee open meetings law was violated because the planners failed to file adequate public notice of the meeting. But much of the questioning during seven days of testimony since late September was about whether Islam qualified as a religion.

Corlew said there was some concern about the public notice requirements and suggested county or state officials look at those requirements.