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Judge nearly stopped Tenn. mosque construction
by Travis Loller
A Muslim congregation fighting for two years to open its new mosque won a round in federal court just in time, because a Tennessee judge had intended to stop construction, according a court order filed Friday.
Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro are pushing to get into their new 12,000-square-foot building before the holy month of Ramadan, which began at sundown Thursday, ends in August.
Opponents have waged a two-year court battle to stop them, challenging the county's approval of the mosque building plan. They have claimed in court that Islam isn't a true religion and that local Muslims want to overthrow the U.S. Constitution and replace it with Islamic religious law.
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