Some people in Murfreesboro are trying hard to maintain a sense of Mayberry. They don’t want a new Mosque butchering their perspective that Murfreesboro is a just a small Christian town with large aspirations. But Andy Griffith doesn’t live in Murfreesboro and attorney Joe Brandon and his group of plaintiffs might be the closest thing we’ve got to Barney Fife. The actions that these people have taken to stop the building the Islamic Center are absurd and transparent. Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled to void the approval of the mosque because officials didn’t give adequate public notice before construction was approved. Chancellor Corlew pointed out that while notice was printed in the paper advising of the meeting, the print was too small to be called a notice.
A valid question should be asked: has there EVER been a house of worship in Murfreesboro that’s been more reported on than the Islamic Center? There’s probably never been another building in Murfreesboro, period, to get so much attention. What hermit didn’t get proper notice that this thing was being built and that this vote was taking place? This story has been reported in virtually every major news outlet in the nation. If the plaintiffs are claiming that they didn’t get enough notice, then I am surprised that they have the cognitive ability to come to the conclusion that they didn’t get enough notice.
The original complaint was that the Islamic Center would cause too much traffic for the area, which wasn’t a complaint when the World Outreach Church or any other churches for that matter were being built. Joe Brandon was quoted by The Daily News Journal as stating, “This is the Lord’s battle, and that’s God, not Allah.” The story also stated that he had the flag of Israel in his office and a Bible open to the book of Exodus on his desk. They seem to indicate that his personal motivation might be some type of Christian Zionism, which I won’t dig into, but just to say that if you are waiting for some holy chain reaction to take place when all the Jewish people return to Israel, then you might be a bit biased and delusional when it comes to people of the Islamic faith. This probably doesn’t matter unless you take Brandon seriously when he says he might run for judge.
People like Joe Brandon keep harping about Sharia law and how I suppose they think it’s going to poison us all. How about we worry about the actual laws that someone might break and ignore some religious law that someone of that faith may or may not adhere to? Like in Christianity, how many biblical laws do Christians just decide not to follow? Most Christians do not follow the more unreasonable Christians laws, because if they didn’t they’d be considered lunatics. To my knowledge, even the homophobic Reverend Fred Phelps hasn’t even stoned a gay person to death yet.
These people need to relax and let America work the way it works. Everybody has a right to their religion no matter how delusional, absurd and unrealistic one’s opinions might be. This goes for Christians, Mormons and people of the Islamic faith. If you are worried about this becoming a terrorist breeding ground, then calm yourself down, and start to worry when you see people training on monkey bars and wielding Kalashnikovs. Let the people build their house of worship. Anything else seems a bit un-American.